Lufthansa, a legend and a look to the future

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!

Comments (7)

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

Lufthansa is well known for operating everything to the specs and get the maximum performance out of any aircraft. The first 747-8I couldn't be in a better hands to prove its worth.


Wow, the 747-8 Intercontinental looks spectacular. Especially with that larger upper deck and just the graceful lines of the jet that has been a hallmark of the 747. I'm glad Joe Sutter got to see the latest version of his plane go to the hands of a major airline. That interior looks spectacular, especially the first class cabin! I look forward to flying on one sometime, hopefully soon!

David S (New Orleans LA):

Mr.Sutter and his 747's represent some of the greatest achievements in our country's young history.

Andrew Boydston (Boise, ID USA):

By Looking at at order books and deliveries of Airbus over the last seven years, Boeing has a real shot of undermining the Airbus status quo. Operational values will sell to airlines, and happy customers will buy tickets. Those two check list items makes it the sweet spot of travel for the 747-8i.

Norman (Long Beach,CA):

The interior of the 747-8 Intercontinental looks like an adapted variation of the 787s interior and the exterior carries the classic likes of the first widebody and most recognizable airliner in the world. Now the flying public can experience a true 21st century jetliner and the first new passenger 747 in 23 years. It is fitting that Lufthansa, the first European airline to fly the 747 will be the first passenger airline to fly the 787-8.

Cristiano Arruda (Campo Grande, MS, Brazil):

I should not say "incredibly", but "credibly", it looks inside better than the A380. And this is just the beginning.

David (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa):

Well done Boeing on producing another great aeroplane, what character this beauty has, not just a machine like Airbus. There is something wonderful about seeing a 747 flying, taxi-ing and taking off, almost as if it has a life of it's own. So glad we'll be seeing them around for a lot longer now, as the old 400 seems to be being retired far too quickly.
Flying a Jumbo is an experience, not a journey, and I can recall all the times that I have travelled on this beautiful 'plane to many destinations.
keep it up Boeing!

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