The Lufthansa Group continues with the modernization of its fleet, welcoming its 16th Boeing 747-8 Tuesday (Jan. 27) as scheduled at its future home in Frankfurt.
Following a nine-hour transfer flight from Seattle, the newest “Queen of the Skies” joined Lufthansa’s jumbo fleet, replacing an older Boeing 747-400, which is being decommissioned. The “Dash Eight,” with the tail number D-ABYR, is one of four brand new aircraft of this type that Lufthansa will acquire this year. Over the coming months, the state-of-the-art jets will arrive in Frankfurt one-by-one. In addition to the four Boeing 747-8s, Lufthansa will take delivery of two Airbus A380s, 10 aircraft from the A320 family and a Boeing 777F freighter for Lufthansa Cargo.
After its cabin has been fitted by Lufthansa Technik in Frankfurt and it has obtained its operating certificate, the “Yankee Romeo” will enter scheduled service in mid-February. Its first destination is expected to be New York.
The arrival of the new aircraft in the Lufthansa Group’s fleet will mean a clear reduction in noise emissions and kerosene consumption of its aircraft in use.
The new aircraft also offer increased travel comfort. For example, passengers onboard the 747-8 can experience the new Business Class, with seats that convert into horizontal beds at the touch of a button. In addition, the new Business Class offers additional storage space and, with 15-inch screens, offers a significantly improved individual entertainment system. First Class provides passengers with an exclusive travel experience due to its exterior insulation and seats that convert into beds measuring 6.9 feet in length and 2.7 feet in width. Passengers in Economy Class can also travel in comfort to their destinations as a result of improved seats, while in the recently introduced Premium Economy Class, increased legroom and a greater seat pitch await passengers.