Boeing 747-8I Enters Service With Lufthansa

Boeing’s next-generation jumbo jet, the B747-8I, has entered revenue service with German carrier Lufthansa. Carrying 75 invited guests and media together with paying passengers, the inaugural flight, LH 416, arrived in Washington DC at 1245 hrs yesterday, where it was greeted by the traditional water cannon salute and an arrival party.


The new aircraft type features new wings with improved aerodynamics and raked wingtips, as well as state-of-the-art General Electric GEnx-2B engines. Together, the innovations allow improved operating efficiencies for Lufthansa, with lower fuel consumption, noise and CO2 emissions. A longer fuselage provides for more passenger and freight capacity.


Passengers flying on the jet will experience a greater feeling of space with the Boeing Sky Interior derived from the B787 Dreamliner. A 3-class configuration has the First Class cabin with 8 flatbed seats located in the front section of the main deck, the quietest part of the aircraft. Lufthansa has also fitted its new Business Class product onboard, with 92 shell seats launched earlier this year spread across the entire upper deck and 2 cabins on the main deck. 262 Economy Class seats are arranged in a 3-4-3 layout further down the rear of the aircraft.


5 of Lufthansa’s 20 B747-8Is on-order are scheduled to be delivered this year and will be deployed on the carrier’s routes from Frankfurt to Bangalore, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Delhi and Washington DC. The airline will remain the sole operator of the type until next year, when Korean Air and Star Alliance partner Air China introduce the jet to their fleets.


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