The world’s first ever Boeing 747-8, the latest model in Boeing’s long-running and successful line of airplanes, has just made its first flight under German commercial airline Lufthansa.
The airline’s new flagship aircraft flew from Frankfurt, Germany, to Washington D.C. with Lufthansa’s CEO, Dr. Christoph Franz, and Boeing VP and general manager of the 747 Program, Elizabeth Lund, onboard. Members of the press who covered the event were also treated to a ride during the aircraft’s maiden voyage.
The 747-8’s return flight to Frankfurt is scheduled for this coming Monday.
“It is such an honor to join Lufthansa in welcoming the 747-8 Intercontinental into service,” said Elizabeth Lund. “Lufthansa has provided great inspiration and leadership in helping us design a new Queen of the Skies for the 21st Century: an airplane that Lufthansa will love for its efficiency and reliability; airport neighbors will love for its quiet operations and low emissions; and passengers will love for its beautiful new interior and extra spa.”
The new 747-8 is equipped with 362 seats in a three-section configuration, and carries eight first class, 92 business class, and 262 economy class seats. The business class cabin is also equipped with full flat-beds, allowing passengers to get a good night’s sleep during long flights.
Five 747-8s are expected to be delivered to Lufthansa this year.