MIAMI — Boeing delivers 50th Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and Lufthansa adds Miami 747-8I Service, its 3rd destination in the US.
Boeing celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-8 on May 29, 2013. Lufthansa, the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft almost one year after the June 1, 2012, first revenue flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the airline’s seventh 747-8 and its 82nd 747 dating back to the 100 series. The German carrier has a total of 20 747-8 I’s on order.
“Lufthansa is very proud to have the next Boeing 747-8 entering our fleet – almost exactly one year after the launch flight from Frankfurt to Washington, DC,” said Nico Buchholz, Executive Vice President Fleet Management, Lufthansa. “After one year of operation and now seven aircraft in the fleet, the aircraft has proven and delivered the excellent economical and ecological performance. We are very happy with the reliable operation of the 747-8.” Another milestone came today as Lufthansa opened its third US Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental route, Miami which followed the opening of Los Angeles in January and the Washington D.C. Dulles inaugural route last June. The 747-8, which has a 362-seat configuration, will initially operate twice weekly (Thursdays and Fridays) from Miami. LH will use 747-400 equipment the rest of the week until they receive additional 747-8 Intercontinentals. Chicago will be the next 747-8I destination in the US for Lufthansa beginning by 3rd quarter 2013.