Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet outfitted in airline configuration to Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
“Lufthansa and Boeing have a long and proud history of working together to bring new innovations to the airline industry,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“We are grateful for Lufthansa’s inspiration and leadership in helping us design a new Queen of the Skies for the 21st Century, and I’m proud of what Boeing employees have accomplished by bringing this great airplane to Lufthansa and the world,” added Albaugh.
“After working together for many years, we are very pleased to have the newest generation of four-engine aircraft join our fleet,” said Christoph Franz, chairman of the executive board and chief executive officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
Lufthansa employees will conduct airline-specific preparations to get the airline’s first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental ready for a May 1 flight to its home base in Frankfurt. Boeing will host a special flyaway celebration with senior executives from both companies that day.
Lufthansa will then host a special celebration when the aircraft arrives at Frankfurt Airport on May 2. Details of those celebrations will be announced soon, according to the two companies.
According to Boeing, the 747-8I will bring double-digit-percent improvements in fuel burn and emissions over its predecessor, the Boeing 747-400, while generating 30 per cent 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, while adding more room for personal belongings. It is powered by four GE Aviation GEnx-2B engines, each engine generating 67,000lb of take-off thrust.