Lufthansa has started operations of its new Boeing 747-8 aircraft with a service between Frankfurt and Washington DC.
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Lufthansa (Frankfurt), launch customer for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, initiated commercial service today (June 1) of the new Jumbo Jet on the inaugural route of Frankfurt (FRA) to Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD). Flight LH 416 departed Frankfurt at 9:50 am (0950) and is scheduled to touchdown at Dulles at 12:45 pm (1245).
The return flight, LH 419, is scheduled to depart Washington, D.C. this evening at 5:55 pm (1755), arriving in Frankfurt at 8:05 am (0805) the following day. Lufthansa’s newest flagship aircraft will provide service between the two cities initially six days a week (excluding Tuesdays), and will increase capacity on this route by 6.3 percent.
Lufthansa’s 747-8 Intercontinental is equipped with 362 seats in a three-class configuration (8 First Class, 92 Business Class and 262 Economy Class). Passengers flying on the 747-8 Intercontinental will experience Lufthansa’s new Business Class which offers a unique seating arrangement in the form of a “V” whereby two neighboring seats are angled towards one another along a central axis. This innovative solution enables Lufthansa to fulfill one of the main wishes expressed by customers during an extensive research process – to sit or lie facing the direction of travel, while at the same time enjoy virtually double the distance between two neighboring seats at shoulder level, which now gives Business Class passengers greater privacy and more personal living space. At the push of a button, the seat converts to a full-flat, horizontal sleeping surface measuring 6’6″ in length (1.98 m). Ergonomically improved cushioning ensures a high degree of comfort in a sitting or horizontal position, and adjustable armrests provide more space in the shoulder area when lying down.
Photos from Member Lufthansa Flyer