Lufthansa: 747-8 biggest buyer

A new “Jumbo”

The new version of the Jumbo Jet, the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is currently in the final stages of flight testing and will first enter on service for Lufthansa™, an airline which has placed an order for 20 units.  Delivery of the first units is expected in early 2012.


747-8 taking off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Image by Boeing



Lufthansa was the first airline customer to opt for the passenger version of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. In December 2006, the airline placed orders for 20 of the new jumbo jets and secured options on a further 20 of the type.


The fuselage is white, the tailfin is blue. But the logo at the tail and the lettering on the fuselage have still to appear: Lufthansa



According to manufacturer Boing, the 747-8 will offer a significant improvement over the A380. The 747-8 is more than 10 percent lighter per seat than the A380 and will consume 11 percent less fuel per passenger than the 555-seat airplane. That translates into a trip-cost reduction of 21 percent and a seat-mile cost reduction of more than 6 percent, compared to the A380. Both the 747-8 Intercontinental and 747-8 Freighter can use the existing infrastructure and ground equipment at most airports worldwide.



747-8 has space for 467 passengers in a three-class configuration and is expected to achieve a cruise speed of Mach 0.85.

August 14th, 2011.




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