First Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 arrives in Frankfurt
Lufthansa has become the first airline in the world to take delivery of a Boeing 747-8.
After the handover at Boeing’s manufacturing facility in Everett, Washington, on May 1, the new “Jumbo” with the registration D-ABYA performed a touch and go at Hamburg Airport, where Lufthansa Technik is based, before flying on to its future home base in Frankfurt, where it landed safely on the morning of May 2.
On 1 June, the world’s first passenger flight with a Boeing 747-8 aircraft will depart from Frankfurt as flight LH 418 bound for Washington Dulles International Airport in the US capital, Washington DC.
With the new 747-8 Lufthansa passengers will have their first opportunity to experience the new Business Class. The new seat offers intuitive adjustment features, additional storage space and an individual entertainment system with much larger, 15-inch screens. At the press of a button, the seat converts into a bed with a horizontal sleeping surface measuring 1.98 metres in length.
First Class passengers will be seated in the front section of the main deck, the quietest part of the aircraft. Each of the eight First Class seats can be converted into a lie-flat bed, which is 2.07 metres long and 80 cm wide.
The new Lufthansa Jumbo can seat 362 passengers: eight in First Class, 92 in Business Class and 262 in Economy Class.
Lufthansa will take delivery of 20 Boeing 747-8s up until 2015. The first five aircraft are due to be delivered to Lufthansa this year. They will be deployed on routes from Frankfurt to Washington D. C, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chicago and Los Angeles.