Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the flag carrier of Germany, was the first airline to place an order for the 747-8 Intercontinental (747-8I). The airline ordered twenty 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft in December 2006.
On April 25, 2012, Boeing delivered Lufthansa’s first 747-8I passenger airliner. The delivery of the 747-8I marks a new era characterized by improved efficiency, reduced emissions, less noise, more enjoyment for Lufthansa passengers, and better performance.
Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said,
Lufthansa and Boeing have a long and proud history of working together to bring new innovations to the airline industry." He added, "We are grateful for Lufthansa's inspiration and leadership in helping us design a new Queen of the Skies for the 21st Century, and I'm proud of what Boeing employees have accomplished by bringing this great airplane to Lufthansa and the world.
Christoph Franz, chief executive officer of Lufthansa said,
After working together for many years, we are very pleased to have the newest generation of four-engine aircraft join our fleet.
GEnx-2B engines power the aircraft and its distance range is 8,000nm (14,816km). The interior is designed to offer more comfort and space to passengers.
Lufthansa’s 747-8I will fly the route between Frankfurt and Washington-Dulles, Los Angeles and Chicago-O'Hare. The aircraft will have 362 seats – 8 in first class, 92 in business class and 262 in economy class.
Boeing has plans to deliver about 43 Boeing 747-8I aircraft this year.