Lufthansa will operate Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jets on the airline’s Frankfurt-New York JFK route this summer, the first time it has scheduled the type for regular commercial service to New York.
The German flag-carrier will operate the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental on the Frankfurt-New York JFK route from July 15 through October 25.
The daily service from Frankfurt Airport (IATA code FRA), flight LH404, will depart at 5:10 p.m. and arrive at New York JFK (JFK) at 7:50 p.m. local time.
Return flight LH405 is scheduled to leave JFK at 9:45 p.m., landing at FRA at 11:20 a.m. the following morning, local time.
“Although we’ve flown the new ‘Queen of the Skies’ to our JFK gateway on occasion, this marks the first time Lufthansa has dedicated 747-8 service to the New York market,” says Juergen Siebenrock, Lufthansa’s vice president The Americas.
Lufthansa has 14 Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jets currently in service, the newest of which was delivered to the airline on June 28 and was the 1,500th 747 off the production line.
In addition to the Frankfurt-New York JFK route, during its 2014 summer schedule Lufthansa will operate Boeing 747-8Is to five other North and South American destinations: Los Angeles, Mexico City, Chicago, São Paulo, and Washington D.C.
According to Lufthansa, the Boeing 747-8I generates a noise footprint that is 30 per cent smaller than the Boeing 747-400 it replaces and achieves fuel consumption of around 70 miles per gallon per passenger (based on the standard configuration), which is about 12 per cent less than most current widebody jets and lower than international emission standards.
The 747-8’s fuselage is 250 feet 2 inches long, which is 18 feet 4 inches longer than that of the 747-400. The stretch provides the airline with 26 per cent more cargo volume, and allows Lufthansa to operate the 747-8 with a configuration of 362 seats (eight First Class, 92 Business Class and 262 Economy Class).