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LH 748 – The first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental

Hardly another commercial aircraft in the jet age arouses as much emotion as the Boeing 747, the Jumbo Jet. That was so 40 years ago as the largest commercial jet aircraft at that time took off for the first time, and is no different now, when its successor, the Boeing 747-8, started regular operations at Lufthansa in June 2012.

“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.”

New Business Class cabin with full-flat beds

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”. This innovative solution enables Lufthansa to fulfill one of the main wishes expressed by customers during an extensive research process – to sit or lie facing the direction of travel, while at the same time enjoy virtually double the distance between two neighboring seats at shoulder level, which now gives Business Class passengers greater privacy and more personal living space. At the push of a button, the seat converts to a full-flat, horizontal sleeping surface measuring 6‘6” in length (1.98 m).

747-8 vs. 747-400

747-8 747-400
Length 76,3 m 70,7 m
Wingspan 68,7 m 64,4 m
Height 19,4 m 19,4 m
Wing Area 554 m² 525 m²
Fuel capacity 242 000 l 216 000 l
Cruising speed Mach 0,85 Mach 0,85
Maximum start weight 442 tons 395 tons

A completely new aircraft

The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental features new, state-of-the-art wings with improved aerodynamics and raked wing tips; new fuel-efficient, U.S.-manufactured GEnx-2B engines that contribute to a reduction in fuel burn, emissions and noise and thus give customers the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger airplane; and fly-by-wire technology. The aircraft generates a 30 percent smaller noise footprint than the 747-400 and brings double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions per passenger, making it one of the industry‘s most fuel-efficient aircraft and key to Lufthansa‘s commitment to sustainable reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. The 747-8 Intercontinental fuselage is 250‘2” long, which is 18‘4” longer than the 747-400. The stretch also provides Lufthansa with 26 percent more cargo volume.