Boeing Delivers Lufthansa’s 75th 747
Boeing announced the delivery of the 75th 747 to Lufthansa. The aircraft delivered Thursday is the German airline’s 13th 747-8 Intercontinental jetliner, for which it was the launch customer.
The Boeing 747 made its commercial debut in 1970, on Pan Am’s New York-London route. The first wide-body aircraft ever produced, it soon earned the nickname “Queen of the Skies”. The latest incarnation, the 747-8 Intercontinental first entered service in 2012.
Lufthansa uses 747s for flights to 22 destinations in 10 countries. Its first 747 was delivered in 1970, and the company was the first to order the 747-200 Freighter. The airline has ordered a total of 81 747s over the years.
The 747-8 has received 120 orders for passenger and cargo versions, of which 68 have been delivered.
Boeing originally announced that it would build the 747 jumbo jet in 1966. The Boeing 747-100 made its first flight on February 9, 1969 and a total of 167 of the aircraft were manufactured.
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