Lufthansa Gets Its First Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
Launch customer Lufthansa took possession of its first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental plane. This is the second 747-8 delivered by Boeing. The first went to a private customer and will not enter service until 2014.
The 747-8 Intercontinental brings improved emissions and 30% lower noise over its predecessor, the 747-400. It was first announced in 2005 and is the fourth generation of the 747 jumbo jet.
The 747-8 is the largest aircraft built in the U.S. and the longest passenger aircraft in the world. The plane’s interior is inspired by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and it uses the same engine and cockpit technology as the 787 Dreamliner.
With a capacity of 467 passengers in a three-class configuration, the 747-8 can carry 51 more passengers than the 747-400 as well as two more freight pallets with 26% additional cargo volume.
The new aircraft will be the first to have Lufthansa’s new business-class seating , which the carrier unveiled in March. All seats are forward facing, recline a full 180°, expand to a 1.98-meter long bed.
Lufthansa employees will begin prepare the plane for its May 1 flight to the carrier’s hub in Frankfurt.