This video footage takes us “backstage” at Lufthansa, where a Boeing 747-8 sits idle in a giant hangar. Then the action takes us onto the plane, giving a glimpse into the latest and most likely last generation 747 Jumbo Jet. Although the video is short in length, it’s amazing to get a glimpse into how far the Queen of the Skies has advanced since it’s debut in the late 1960s. Her lines remain nearly as graceful. Her engines and wings have evolved but the essence that evokes luxury travel remains.
Lufthansa is a German airline that visits 220 destinations. In 2014 alone, Lufthansa carried more than 106 million passengers. With more than 120,000 employees, Lufthansa is the largest German airline. Their fleet consists of 270 aircraft, not even including all of their subsidiaries. Many of these aircraft are Boeing 747-8 models.
About the Boeing 747-8
The Boeing 747-8 is a wide body jet airliner, with two main variants – a passenger version and a cargo version. The 747-8 was introduced to Lufthansa on June 1st of 2012. Its primary users are Lufthansa, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific Cargo, and Cargolux. The plane has been in production since 2008. The unit cost of a Boeing 747-8 is nearly 380 million dollars. As of June 2016, there are 125 confirmed orders – 74 of the freighter version and 51 of the passenger version. The next Air Force One fleet will also be a derivative of the 747-8i aircraft.