By Michael Garko, In Airline News
Lufthansa CEO Christoph Franz announced on March 29 that his airline will debut its first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental on its Frankfurt route to Washington Dulles International Airport. The announcement came at the International Aviation Club in Washington, D.C.
Franz did not give a date when the 747-8 would make its maiden flight to the D.C. area according to USA Today.
The German-carrier’s new Intercontinental will feature 362 seats, 8 in First Class, 92 in Business Class and 262 in Economy. Currently, Lufthansa uses two versions of the Boeing 747-400 that utilize 322 and 346 seats.
On April 16, Today in the Sky reported that Lufthansa German Airlines chief executive officer Carsten Spohr has told the blog that Lufthansa will fly its new Boeing 747-8 aircraft to Chicago and Los Angeles.
Boeing’s order log shows that Lufthansa has ordered 20 747-8 Intercontinentals to date with options for 20 more. Deliveries to Lufthansa will begin later this year through 2015.
(Updated on 4/16/2012 to include information on additional routes)