Lufthansa conducts inaugural flight of world’s first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
Today Lufthansa, launch customer for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, initiated commercial service of the new Jumbo jet along the inaugural route of Frankfurt (FRA) to Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Flight LH416 departed Frankfurt at 9:50am and touched down at Dulles after noon. In addition to regularly scheduled passengers, guests included Dr. Christoph Franz, Lufthansa’s CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, and Elizabeth Lund, Boeing vice president and general manager, 747 Program.
Lufthansa’s newest flagship aircraft will provide service between the two cities initially six days a week (excluding Tuesdays), and will increase capacity on this route by 6.3 percent.
“The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is an exceptional aircraft,” said Christoph Franz, Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “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.”
Lufthansa’s 747-8 Intercontinental is equipped with 362 seats in a three-class configuration (8 First Class, 92 Business Class and 262 Economy Class). Passengers flying on the 747-8 Intercontinental will experience Lufthansa’s new Business Class which offers a unique seating arrangement in the form of a “V” whereby two neighboring seats are angled towards one another along a central axis.