Lufthansa and Boeing celebrate 50 years of airliner deliveries
Lufthansa entered the jet age with Boeing 50 years ago, an event celebrated today at Hamburg.
Lufthansa began scheduled jet service with a Boeing 707 on a direct flight from Hamburg to New York on March 17, 1960. With this jetliner, Boeing accomplished a quantum leap: Seating 168 passengers, the new airplane accommodated nearly twice as many passengers as the biggest propeller-driven airplane of the time. Traveling at a higher altitude, the 707 reduced flying time from Hamburg to New York by half, to around eight hours.
Boeing and Lufthansa said the will take their cooperation and shared commitment to innovation a major step forward with the introduction of the 747-8 Intercontinental. The airline placed orders with Boeing for a total of 20 747-8 Intercontinentals.