German airline Lufthansa has become the world leader in acquiring the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, called Lareina of heaven. Measures just over 76 meters from nose to tail, which makes it the longest airliner in the world. It has a capacity for 358 users, and has interior design architecture with a new curved, upswept that provide passengers with greater space.
The plane arrived at the new hangars Lufthansa in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday, after flying from the United States. It is expected to become operational on 1 June this year, with a flight leaving from Frankfurt to Washington, DC.
“We are welcoming the Boeing 747-8 international to our long-haul fleet, “said the executive of Lufthansa, Carsten Spohr. “In the future we will offer our customers this brand new development of long-haul aviation for a unique travel experience and comfort of our new business class,” Spohr said at the airport in Frankfurt.
The company explained that the 747-8 is an aircraft that is based on the characteristics of the Boeing 747 series, “which has been workhorse Lufthansa long-haul over the past 40 years,” the company said in a statement.
“The aircraft has significantly improved aerodynamics, a new development in the wings, and also provides tangible improvements in terms of eco-efficiency,” explained Lufthansa.
The airline will have 20 Boeing 747-8 aircraft by 2015. The first five will be delivered this year and will be deployed on routes from Frankfurt to Washington DC, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chicago and Los Angeles.