Boeing 747-8-I to Fly Frankfurt to LAX
If you look up over the Los Angeles skies and you see a Lufthansa Bird, you may just be looking at the new “Jumbo” Queen of the Skies – the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. Lufthansa just received delivery of their fourth Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental with with the registration D-ABYF.
The new Boeing 747-8-I will start flying the Los Angeles (LAX) to Frankfurt (FRA) route on December 10, 2012. On the route to Los Angeles (LAX) the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental will be powered by four GEnx-2B engines and configured to seat 388 passengers: 8 in First Class, 80 in Business Class and 298 in Economy Class.
Los Angeles is the second-largest urban area in the U.S. with a population of nearly 3.8 million. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is also the busiest origin/destination airport in the United States, meaning this is where most trips are started or ended as the destination. It is a major center of the film, oil and aviation industries and a popular travel destination with a wide range of tourist attractions and sights.
The aircraft will have Lufthansa’s new Business Class cabin, which is fitted with a seat that converts at the press of a button into a full-flat bed measuring 6.5 feet in length. Passengers will have personal tv units for in-flight entertainment in all cabins.
All passengers will have access to WiFi on the Boeing 747-8-I for a small fee. Lufthansa has partnered with Panasonic to offer the service via “FlyNet” – the satellite based WiFi service will allow keep up on email or give you the bragging rights to post pictures of Rugged Greenland to Facebook or tweet pic’s of the vivid aurora borealis (on a lucky night) while over the Northern Atlantic.
With WiFi services, bring your laptop, iPhone, or iPad on board and surf the flight away.
Boeing’s 747-8 Intercontinental is actually a newly designed aircraft, but builds upon the features of the 747, which has been Lufthansa’s reliable long-haul workhorse for more than 40 years. The “Queen” Sports new wings with significantly improved aerodynamics and newly developed wingtips which provides tangible improvements in terms of Eco-efficiency. The four GEnx-2B engines consume less fuel and achieve a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions per passenger.
Next year, Lufthansa will take delivery of five additional Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Aircraft. In 2015, the airline will have 20 of the new Queen Intercontinental Aircraft in its fleet.
Using FlyNet? Use the bragging rights gained from surfing the net across the Atlantic at 38,000 feet and leave us a comment below with your altitude, speed, closest point of land and flight time remaining – There’s a $15 USD iTunes card in it for the first verified post.
Factoid: The Boeing 747-8-I is the Longest Aircraft In the World.