Lufthansa Takes Delivery of Boeing’s 50th 747-8 Intercontinental

By Paul Riegler on 30 May 2013
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A Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 at FRA

A Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 at FRA

Thirteen months after its first delivery, Boeing delivered its 50th 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft.  Lufthansa, the launch customer of the passenger version of the plane, took delivery of the new jumbo jet on Wednesday.

The new 747-8 is the German airline’s 82nd 747 and its seventh 747-8.

The first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental entered service on June 1, 2012 with a flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Washington, D.C.  The first 747-8 Freighter entered service with Cargolux Airlines in late 2011.

Boeing has thus far delivered 35 747-8 Freighters and 15 747-8 Intercontinentals, including eight in the form of Boeing Business Jets.

“After one year of operation and now seven aircraft in the fleet, the aircraft has proven and delivered the excellent economical and ecological performance. We are very happy with the reliable operation of the 747-8,”said Nico Buchholz, Lufthansa’s executive vice president for fleet management.  Since its launch, the 747-8 has achieved schedule reliability of 98.8%. This means that the aircraft’s departure from the gate has been within 15 minutes of the scheduled time.

The Boeing 747-8 is comprised of roughly six million parts manufactured by over 550 suppliers in 30 countries.  More than 450 of those suppliers are located in the U.S.  The others are in China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.

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