Boeing celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-8
Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the launch customer
of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft
almost one year after the first revenue flight of the 747-8
Intercontinental. It is the airline's seventh 747-8 and its 82nd
"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, Deutsche
Lufthansa AG. "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."
For more than a
year-and-a-half, airlines have benefited from the 747-8's
schedule reliability, an industry measure
of departure from the gate within 15 minutes of scheduled time, is
98.8% for the 747-8 fleet.
"This delivery is not
only an important milestone for the 747-8 program, but it sets the
stage for our future," said Eric Lindblad, vice president and
general manager, 747 program. "We will be building and delivering
the 747-8 for decades to come."
747-8 has about six million parts manufactured by more than 550
suppliers in almost 30 countries, including the United States,
China, Germany, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. In the
U.S., more than 450 suppliers across almost 40 states contribute
to the 747-8 program.
Boeing delivered the first 747-8
Intercontinental to Lufthansa in April 2012. The airplane entered
service on 1 June 2012 with a flight from Frankfurt, Germany to
Washington, D.C. Cargolux Airlines took delivery of the first
747-8 Freighter in October 2011. To date, 35 Freighters and 15 Intercontinentals, including eight of the Boeing Business Jet
version, have been delivered.
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