747-8 Intercontinental: First commercial flight


Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the largest airline in Europe[1] inaugurated the commercial service of the “new Jumbo” Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, on June 1st, 2012.  The flight departed from Frankfurt (GER) to Washington D.C. (USA).


Lufthansa’s CEO, Dr. Christoph Franz was among the passengers:


The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is an exceptional aircraft (…) With its addition to our fleet, Lufthansa has created a product that is not only in line with our company’s commitment to innovation, technology and efficiency, but that also offers qualities and features that are sure to maximize our passengers’ in-flight experience. Travelers to and from Washington, D.C. are in for a memorable flight and Lufthansa looks forward to expanding our 747-8 Intercontinental service to other U.S. markets in the coming months: Dr. Christoph Franz.


Lufthansa 747-8i lower deck


The 747-8 Intercontinental produces lower emissions and achieves better fuel economy than any competing jetliner, according to its manufacturer.  This wide-body airliner has already been ordered by VIP clients to be used as a business jet, however, Lufthansa remains as the biggest buyer with an order for 20 units placed so far.


There have been rumours about the USA Air Force interest to replace the presidential fleet of VC-25A (aircraft used as “Air Force One”) with modified 747-8 Intercontinental units, nevertheless there are not official reports on the matter at this point.


Image courtesy of konzern.lufthansa.com



Each unit has a cost of $332.9 million dollars[2] and can carry up to 467 passengers in a three-class configuration.


June 13th, 2012.



[1] In terms of overall passengers carried and fleet size, according to Wikipedia.  


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