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Lufthansa first to receive new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
It looks like a standard 747, but this new version is the longest passenger jet in the world
German carrier Lufthansa has become the world's first airline to receive the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, dubbed the "Queen of the Skies."
The jet arrived at its new home base in Frankfurt on Tuesday, after flying in from the United States. It is due to enter service on June 1 this year, with a flight from Frankfurt to Washington, D.C.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental to our long-haul fleet," said Lufthansa executive Carsten Spohr.
"In future we will offer our passengers on board this completely newly developed long-haul aircraft an exclusive travel experience and the comfort of our new business class,” he said at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday.
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The 747-8 measures just over 76 meters from nose to tail, making it the world's longest passenger jet. It has a capacity of 358 passengers.
The redesigned interior boasts a new curved, upswept architecture that is intended to give passengers a bit more space.
"The Boeing 747-8 is a completely new aircraft that builds upon the positive features of the Boeing 747 series, which has been Lufthansa’s long-haul workhorse for the past 40 years," Lufthansa said in a press release.
"The aircraft boasts significantly improved aerodynamics and newly developed wingtips, and also provides tangible improvements in terms of eco-efficiency."
The airline will take delivery of 20 Boeing 747-8 aircraft through 2015. The first five are due to be delivered this year and will be deployed on routes from Frankfurt to Washington D.C., New Delhi, Bangalore, Chicago and Los Angeles.
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