Boeing and Lufthansa are conducting pre-delivery testing of the new 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jumbo at Lufthansa's main operations base at Frankfurt Airport from December...

Boeing and Lufthansa are conducting pre-delivery testing of the new 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jumbo at Lufthansa’s main operations base at Frankfurt Airport from December 6 to December 9.

Lufthansa will conduct a number of tests to help ensure a smooth integration of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental into the airline’s operations. Lufthansa maintenance and engineering personnel will rehearse ground-handling processes for the 747-8 Intercontinental within the airline’s facilities and on its ramps at the airport.

In addition, the crews will check how their ground-support equipment accommodates the aircraft. These checks will help Lufthansa ensure a smooth entry into service for crews and passengers in early 2012, according to Boeing.

The first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental in Lufthansa livery rolled out of the paint hangar at Boeing's widebody final-assembly plant in Everett, Washington on September 6, 2011

The aircraft is scheduled to arrive at Frankfurt Airport in the late afternoon Central European Time (CET) on December 6 after a non-stop flight of approximately nine hours from Seattle. Three Lufthansa pilots will join two Boeing pilots on the flight crew for the flight.

After completing the tests, the aircraft will depart Frankfurt in the early afternoon CET on December 9.

The aircraft that will visit, known to Boeing by the company’s internal designation RC021, is one of three which have served in the 747-8 Intercontinental flight-test fleet. It was specifically used to test interior systems such as heating and air conditioning, cabin lighting and systems and galleys.

This aircraft is painted white with a gray belly and a blue tail fin – a basecoat of the Lufthansa livery without decals – and will eventually become the fifth 747-8 Intercontinental to join Lufthansa’s fleet when it is delivered in the third quarter 2012.

The first 747-8 Intercontinental destined for Lufthansa is completing construction at Boeing’s widebody final-assembly facility in Everett, Washington.

Boeing says the 747-8 Intercontinental provides double-digit-percentage improvements in fuel economy and carbon emissions per passenger and generates a 30 per cent smaller noise footprint than the 747-400.

The 747-8 Intercontinental applies interior features from the 787 Dreamliner, including a new curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings.

Lufthansa has ordered a total of 20 Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jets.