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.
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. http://konzern.lufthansa.com
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.