NEWARK – Earlier this month, the Federal Aviation Administration granted Newark Liberty International Airport a waiver to allow a new version of the Boeing 747 jet to take off and land there.
The airport was built to accommodate the original version of the famous jet, which was the biggest passenger airliner of its day. However, the new 747-8 to too big for the Newark airport, according to existing guidelines.
The waiver imposes certain restrictions on 747-8 flights: the planes must stay off certain taxiways on the north and south ends of the airport, and they can’t taxi faster than 20 mph.
The new jet is 13 feet wider and 18 feet longer than Boeing’s previous version, the 747-400. It has a maximum capacity of 581 passengers, but flights would typically carry 467 people in three classes.
The new passenger jets should begin flying next year, though it is not yet where they will be utilized
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