Lufthansa’s 747-8 Intercontinental was the star of the show today as the ILA Berlin Air Show kicked off. The media turned out in force to capture this beautiful airplane.
Lufthansa’s 747-8 Intercontinental arrives at the ILA Berlin Air Show.
Dozens of photographers try to get the best angle.
Today was also the official naming ceremony for the airplane. It was christened “Brandenburg” by Minister President Matthias Platzeck of the Federal State of Brandenburg. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Lufthansa CEO Dr. Christoph Franz, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy and Marlin Dailey, President Boeing Germany, Northern Europe, EU, Africa were also on hand for this special day.
Dignitaries gather for the naming ceremony.
Making it official with a christening.
We’re getting very positive feedback from Lufthansa about the airplane. Just a few weeks ago, the airline invited reporters to Washington, DC—the launch destination of their entry into service route from Frankfurt—to get an update on how their Intercontinentals have been performing after about 100 days in service.
“The airplane is performing beautifully and we went through a very smooth introduction into service,” said Helmuth Schabel, Lufthansa Regional Director Operations & Airport Services. “We also have been receiving extremely positive reviews and comments from our guests.”
We’ve now delivered 28 of our new 747-8s. In addition to the three Intercontinentals for Lufthansa, we’ve also delivered 21 747-8 Freighters and four BBJ 747-8 Intercontinentals. This is great momentum for the program—and even better news for our customers. I’ll leave you with a link to a truly incredible view of the 747-8 at the Berlin Air Show, as seen from the air.