Lufthansa has now taken delivery of its fourth Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. Before the new “Queen of the Skies” with the registration D-ABYF enters scheduled service, final adjustments will be made to the aircraft at its home base in Frankfurt. Beginning December 10th, the new “jumbo” will fly daily from Frankfurt toLos Angeles. On this route toCalifornia the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental will be configured to seat 388 passengers: 8 in First Class, 80 in Business Class and 298 in Economy Class.
With a population of about 3.8 million,Los Angelesis the second-largest urban area in theU.S., afterNew York. It is a major center of the film, oil and aviation industries and a popular travel destination with a wide range of tourist attractions and sights.
On board the aircraft, passengers will have a chance to enjoy the features of Lufthansa’s new Business Class cabin, which is fitted with a seat that converts at the press of a button into a full-flat bed measuring 6.5 feet in length. The new seat offers exceptional comfort for passengers in a sitting or recumbent position, intuitive adjustment features, additional storage space and an enhanced entertainment system.
The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is a completely newly designed aircraft that builds upon the positive features of the Boeing 747 series, which has been Lufthansa’s reliable long-haul workhorse for more than 40 years. The aircraft’s wings have significantly improved aerodynamics and newly developed wingtips. Moreover, the aircraft provides tangible improvements in terms of eco-efficiency. The GEnx-2B engines consume less fuel and achieve a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions per passenger. In addition, noise emissions have been reduced by 30 percent. Next year, Lufthansa is scheduled to take delivery of another five Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental jets. By 2015, Lufthansa’s 747-8 fleet will encompass 20 aircraft.
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|Schedule(all times are local times)||from 10 December 2012Operates dailyLH 456 Frankfurt 10:00 hrsLos Angeles12:40 hrs
LH 457 Los Angeles 14:50 hrs Frankfurt 10:45 hrs (+ 1 day)
|Distance||9,299 km / 5,021 miles|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental|
|Seating capacity||386 seats (8 First Class, 80 Business Class, 298 Economy Class)|