Queen of the Sky – Boeing 747-8-I to Fly

Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 at Frankfurt | Courtesy and Copyright Lufthansa Airlines

Lufthansa Launches Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental

The Boeing 747 jet evokes a greater emotional response than any other aircraft.  It was the first jumbo-jet and is distinctly known for its “hump” – or upper deck – at the front of the plane.  Pan Am was the first customer and on February 9, 1969, it first took to the skies.  Over 3.6 billion passengers have flown on the Boeing 747 since it was first put into service – that’s more than half the world’s population.

On April 26, 1970, Lufthansa received their first Boeing 747.  It’s now 40 years later and Lufthansa is now the first commercial airline to order and receive the first passenger version of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, adorned with the name, “the Queen of the Skies.”

The German airline has firm orders for 19 more along with 20 more options.

Today, passengers can book flights on Lufthansa’s first Boeing 747-8 aircraft.  The plane, freshly delivered from Boeing in Seattle will be arriving into Lufthansa’s fleet with the new airplane smell and all.

Frankfurt – Washington Dulles First 747-8 Route

Starting June 1, Lufthansa will operate the Frankfurt (FRA) – Washington Dulles (IAD) route with the Boeing 747 dash 8.

As more Boeing 747-8 aircraft are delivered to Lufthansa, the carrier plans to put the planes on routes including Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), Dehli (DEL), and Bangalore (BLR), by late summer.

The new aircraft will have an enhanced Business Class.  Simply said, the seat was designed to provide exception comfort –  the push will take the upright seat to a full horizontal bed – 6.6 feet in length.

Lufthansa will operate both the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental within its fleet.

The 747-8 Intercontinental will bring double digit improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions per passenger over its predecessor, the Boeing 747-400.   The Intercontinental is also world’s longest passenger aircraft and powered with modified General Electric GEnx Engines, specifically the GEnx-2B67.  With the new General Electric GEnx Engines, the aircraft has a 30 percent smaller noise footprint.

Reduced emissions will benefit Lufthansa with the controversial European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.

The 747 has had a long history with Lufthansa, as well as carriers around the world.  Lufthansa worked with Boeing, providing significant input into what they wanted with the next generation 747.  The aircraft is more than just a stretch, it has new wings, new engines, and countless changes to the fuselage.

A new milestone has been reached with the Boeing 747-8, and over 1,000 Boeing 747’s remain in service today.


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