It’s not very often that Boeing legend Joe Sutter, the father of the 747, shows up for an event. So when he does, you know that event is something special. Such was the case today as Lufthansa became the first airline customer to fly away with the new 747-8 Intercontinental.
What a picture! Joe Sutter, the father of the 747, poses next to Lufthansa’s new 747-8 Intercontinental. Marian Lockhart photo.
Flyaway for Frankfurt. Gail Hanusa photo.
The airplane dazzled everyone during a delivery celebration at the Future of Flight this afternoon. Lufthansa was our launch customer for the 747-8 Intercontinental and reaching this moment was special for every Boeing employee who played a role in handing her over to our customer. We’ve been incredibly pleased with the performance of the 747-8 Freighter that’s already in the hands of several customers—and we look forward to seeing what the Intercontinental can do.
Cutting the ribbon for the first 747-8 Intercontinental delivered to an airline customer. Gail Hanusa photo.
It wasn’t just the outside of the airplane that had people snapping photos. Lufthansa unveiled its new interior for the first time to rave reviews. Photos by Patrick Rodwell.
We’re proud of what the Intercontinental will bring to Lufthansa and all of our customers. I could point to the double-digit improvements in fuel burn and emissions over the 747-400, or the greater feeling of space and comfort that passengers will enjoy. But what we’ll be most proud of is watching a customer put the airplane into service and show off what it can really do.
The party continues Wednesday in Frankfurt when Lufthansa brings the airplane to its new home. Let the celebration continue!