Lufthansa flies world's first Boeing 747-8I
Lufthansa, launch customer for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, has initiated commercial service of the new jumbo jet along the inaugural route of Frankfurt (FRA) to Washington, D.C.'s Dulles International Airport (IAD).
In addition to regularly scheduled passengers, guests on the flight included Dr. Christoph Franz, Lufthansa's CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, and Elizabeth Lund, Boeing vice president and general manager, 747 Programme, who are joined by a delegation consisting of U.S. and International media, esteemed customers and partners.
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. Travelers to and from Washington, D.C. are in for a memorable flight and Lufthansa looks forward to expanding our 747-8 Intercontinental service to other U.S. markets in the coming months."