Lufthansa’s first Boeing 747-800 is now flying in full colors

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will soon take delivery of its first (of 20) new Boeing 747-800 Intercontinental. 747-830 D-ABYA (msn 37827) departs from Boeing Field in Seattle on a test flight.

Lufthansa was the first airline customer to opt for the passenger version of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. In December 2006, the airline placed orders for 20 of the new jumbo jets and secured options on a further 20 of the type.

The fuselage of the new jumbo has not only been lengthened by 5.6 meters, the aircraft is also equipped with newly designed wings and state-of-the-art engines from General Electric (GEnx – 2B67). Fuel consumption is well below the level of previous long-haul aircraft. Compared with the “classical” Boeing 747-400, the new Jumbo Jet reduces operating costs by 30 per cent. The Boeing 747-8 International reduces CO2 emissions by 16 per cent and is 30 per cent quieter.

The D-ABYA is an historical registration for LH as it was previously used by 747-130 D-ABYA (msn 19746) (see below), delivered on March 10, 1970.

Top Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. The original “D-ABYA”.