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Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
Wednesday 2nd May 2012 at 13:38
The first of twenty ordered Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft (D-ABYA) has been delivered to Lufthansa. On the delivery flight were the Boeing Vice President and General Manager of the 747 programme. They boarded the airplane with about 30 passengers and crew for the flight taking off from Everett to Lufthansa's home base at Frankfurt, Germany via Hamburg where it did a touch and go.
Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
The new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental will begin regular revenue services on 1 June 2012 when it commences service with Lufthansa with flights from Frankfurt to Washington-Dulles, Los Angeles and Chicago-O'Hare. The aircraft will be configured with 362 seats, including 262 in economy class, 92 in business and eight in first class.
The 747-8 Intercontinental will bring double-digit improvements in fuel burn and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400, whilst generating 30 percent less noise. The 747-8 Intercontinental's Dreamliner-inspired interior includes a new curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort whilst adding more room for personal belongings. It is powered by GE Aviation's GEnx-2B engines.
The 747-8 Intercontinental is capable of carrying up to 467 passengers in a three-class configuration over 8,000 nmi (15,000 km) at Mach 0.855. The 747-8I can carry 51 more passengers and two more freight pallets with 26% more cargo volume than the 747-400
Report by Derek Pedley