Lufthansa inaugurates daily 747-8 service to Los Angeles
The first flight of Lufthansa’s new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental nonstop service between Frankfurt (FRA) to Los Angeles (LAX) landed at Los Angeles International at 1:08 PM PT today. Despite being delayed by about a half-hour due to weather over Frankfurt, the flight was greeting by the traditional water canon salute as the aircraft taxied to the gate at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Los Angeles is the second US destination and fourth in the world designated for the new jumbo jet. The daily service between the two cities will increase capacity on this route by 17 percent. The 747-8 Intercontinental fuselage is 250’ 2” long, over 18’ longer than the 747-400, which Lufthansa says makes it the longest commercial aircraft in service.
Lufthansa’s configuration of the 747-8 Intercontinental has a total of 386 seats – 8 in First Class, 80 in Business Class and 298 in Economy Class. The new Business Class offers a V seating arrangement, providing greater privacy and more personal space. In both First and Business class, seats convert to a full-flat, horizontal 6’ 6” sleeping area, with armrests that adjust to give more space for shoulders when the seat is flat.
The aircraft has a 30 percent smaller noise footprint than the 747-400, and features a state-of-the-art wing design with improved aerodynamics and raked wing tips. The fuel-efficient GEnx-2B engines reduce fuel burn, emissions and noise yielding the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger airplane.
Lufthansa currently has 20 Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals on order. In addition to Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Lufthansa also operates the aircraft on its routes to Delhi and Bangalore. Further roll-outs are planned to additional gateway cities in the near future.
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