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Pics: Lufthansa's First 747-8 Takes Flight  
User currently offlineIAD787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 502 posts, RR: 43
Posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 38569 times:

Happened to be in the right place at the right time this morning when Lufthansa's first 747-8 taxied into position. Grabbed my camera in time to catch D-ABYA do its first taxi test and first flight. Gorgeous aircraft. Should be delivered next month.

Pics here:
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl...hotos-of-note-lufthansas-firs.html

Enjoy!

IAD787


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User currently offlinecolumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7091 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 38343 times:

Great pictures, can not wait to see it in service


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User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9827 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 38280 times:

Thanks for the pictures. It's not the first one to be built, but first to be delivered if I understand correctly.

It's pretty easy to tell the 747-8 from a distance as its stretched upper deck is quite apparent.



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User currently offlinemcogator From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 38300 times:

Do you, or anyone for that matter, know which routes it will be run on initially? I think she's beautiful.

User currently offlineSpeedbird741 From Portugal, joined Aug 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 38278 times:

Amazing, amazing airplane. Beautiful that she is! Many happy years of flying to D-ABYA, to all those who are going to have the pleasure of crewing her, and to all passengers =)

Speedbird741



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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 38275 times:
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Quoting IAD787 (Thread starter):

Awesome. Thanks for sharing. Very nice indeed.

Quoting mcogator (Reply 3):

I heard some very strong rumours, but I am not allowed to tell anybody...

wilco737
  



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User currently offlineracko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 38222 times:

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 2):
It's pretty easy to tell the 747-8 from a distance as its stretched upper deck is quite apparent.

Though I have to say that aesthetically, the upper deck is too long. The 747-400 hit the sweet spot in the looks department imho.


User currently offlinetjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2507 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 38033 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
I heard some very strong rumours, but I am not allowed to tell anybody...

You're doing the delivery flight?



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User currently offlinePEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 38030 times:

This bird will assure LH to keep me as a customer for sure... I wish HKG and PVG are high on their list of destinations served with 748i  


Peet7G
User currently offlinePaul787 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 38017 times:

I'm truly in love with that plane.

I do hope that LH will use this magnificent bird on FRA-ORD-FRA segment.



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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 38008 times:
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Quoting tjwgrr (Reply 7):
You're doing the delivery flight?

HAHA, I wish... Not a chance in a million years. Such flights are done from the high ranked fleet captains etc. I am only a small FO, so not a chance to get my fingers anywhere near the 748i until my time comes to fly it in line operation.

Quoting PEET7G (Reply 8):
I wish HKG and PVG are high on their list of destinations served with 748i  

Speculation, speculation   But who knows. The first route will be a shorter one which can be flown with one frame as we receive only one in March. So no HKG and PVG in the first weeks of service.

wilco737
  



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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10010 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37987 times:

Quoting tjwgrr (Reply 7):
You're doing the delivery flight?

Who knows but in any case, he will probably pilot this beauty!!!   

A388


User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37957 times:
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Quoting A388 (Reply 11):
Who knows but in any case, he will probably pilot this beauty!!!   

Yes, training for the pilots start in April. And then you need 2 landings in 90 days. So the training will take a while as this is difficult to keep the rating valid with only one airplane.
But I am looking forward to it.

wilco737
  



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User currently offlineDaysleeper From UK - England, joined Dec 2009, 873 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37916 times:

I think the engine nacelles would look much better in blue, the grey looks like they are still in primer.

But great looking aircraft all the the same.


User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8771 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37801 times:

Oh, very nice! Thank you!


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User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3787 posts, RR: 29
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37692 times:

The upper deck is too long (the A380 is too short) - the 747 still looks much better. But I like the wingtips.

User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10010 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37687 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 12):
Yes, training for the pilots start in April. And then you need 2 landings in 90 days. So the training will take a while as this is difficult to keep the rating valid with only one airplane.
But I am looking forward to it.

wilco737

Fantastic, I wish you good luck with your training and would love a tour in the aircraft should we meet in the future!!! I am hoping to visit FRA to go spotting as soon as LH operates a decent fleet of 748's and A388's   

A388


User currently offlineSpeedbird217 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37543 times:

Awesome pictures, thanks! Can't wait to see her in action - god save the queen (of the skies)  

User currently offlineunited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37460 times:

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 2):
It's pretty easy to tell the 747-8 from a distance as its stretched upper deck is quite apparent.

That and the larger engines!

Quoting racko (Reply 6):
Though I have to say that aesthetically, the upper deck is too long. The 747-400 hit the sweet spot in the looks department imho.

I disagree, I think the 744 was too short, the 748 is awesome and the larger engines look sweet!

Quoting Paul787 (Reply 9):
I do hope that LH will use this magnificent bird on FRA-ORD-FRA segment.

Ditto

[Edited 2012-02-08 12:15:35]

User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4985 posts, RR: 41
Reply 19, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37383 times:
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Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
Very nice indeed

Indeed, but she almost looks too long. I am getting a sort of A346-feeling when seeing her. The B744 is better proportioned imho, just as the A345 is better proportioned then the A346.  . Still she is very elegant too see.

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
I heard some very strong rumours, but I am not allowed to tell anybody...

Well, considering your position that is quite understandable.

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 10):
I am only a small FO, so not a chance to get my fingers anywhere near the 748i until my time comes to fly it in line operation

Still that is something to look forward to. I would call it a jealous making prospect compared to my work at the office, though actually I can not complain.  .


User currently offlinePEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37375 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 10):
The first route will be a shorter one which can be flown with one frame as we receive only one in March.

No problem there either, as DXB is just as good for me   

...so try your best to whisper those destinations into the right ears when in the offices 



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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 21, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37183 times:
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Quoting EPA001 (Reply 19):
Indeed, but she almost looks too long.

She is long, but due to the upper deck the proportions still look good to me.

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 19):
Well, considering your position that is quite understandable.

Thanks  
Quoting EPA001 (Reply 19):
Still that is something to look forward to. I would call it a jealous making prospect compared to my work at the office, though actually I can not complain.  .

Oh yeah I am looking forward to her a lot.

Quoting PEET7G (Reply 20):
No problem there either, as DXB is just as good for me   

DXB is an option as well. We will see...

wilco737
  



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User currently offlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5855 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 37164 times:

Boy, that is one l o n g airplane.   

Can't wait to see the interior and see it in service!


User currently offlinewolbo From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 497 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 37089 times:

Nice pics IAD787.

But somehow the dimensions don't look right to me. The hump is too long and because of that and the absent winglets I find it aesthetically a step back from the 744. Still, I'm glad to see her enter into service at LH and to know that for many, many years to come it will be possible to fly a Boeing 747.


User currently offlineGCPET From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2012, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 36575 times:

The Lufthansa livery and 747 just seem to go so well together! Can't wait to see this in service! Good to see the Queen of the Skies back in business.

GCPET



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25 IslandRob : Nice pics. What a gorgeous airliner. Thanks. -ir
26 ikramerica : Finally, the engines look the right size, but now the hump is too long. The SUD was the "correct" length for the hump on a 747. Looked right. The 748
27 Post contains links mattcawby : Here is a video of D-ABYA landing at Paine Field just before noon today: http://kpae.blogspot.com/2012/02/lufthansa-747-8i-first-flight.html
28 kaitak : Has LH released any configuration details; if not, when are they likely to do this?
29 ikramerica : That reg always gets me. This aircraft is the "decider".
30 avi8 : How many are they receiving in total this year?
31 Post contains links bigphilnyc : Here are photos of landing... http://nycaviation.com/2012/02/photo...lufthansa-makes-its-maiden-flight/ The -8i looks photoshopped, like it was just s
32 Post contains images seabosdca : Funny, I remember these exact comments way back when the 747-300 showed up in 1986. I bet we'll be used to the long hump before long.
33 airproxx : This is one Marvel of an Aircraft...!!!! Congratulations to both Lufthansa & Boeing. The Queen is still alive, and looking sexier than ever !!
34 Post contains images LHPII : rumours are rumours and they are to be spread around.....thats why they are called rumours!
35 Post contains images luxair : What an awesome aircraft is this brandnew 748... The 747 is anyway my most preferred bird to fly on, i so much love the upperdeck ! No other AC can ma
36 ikramerica : I never made them. You can 'remember' things in general, but you can't just attribute them to specific people implying we said them. I always thought
37 BrouAviation : DXB and BOS first came to my mind as well. Both should be doable with one airframe, no? Other short route that gets the 744 nowadays is FRA-TLV, but
38 Post contains images ATL : Very nice hope to see her flying for LH very soon
39 Post contains images seabosdca : I couldn't possibly be attributing that to anyone here... as there was no a.net in 1986. It was a general observation, not directed at anyone in part
40 Post contains images avroarrow : Certainly longer looking, I like it. Its definitely the A346 of the 747 line. I hope they bring it to YYZ so I can see it sometime.
41 Trijetsonly : FRA-DXB would be quite clever since this makes it much more attractive than flying EK on that route.
42 U2380 : I've never been a fan of the 747's looks but this one is even worse in my opinion. It's completely out of proportion, the 747 has been pushed too far.
43 Post contains images PlaneAdmirer : A plane that looks that good is the reason I chose this screen name.
44 TexL1649 : Great pics! Hope they get a long production run out of them.
45 Max Q : Looks great but the best looking B747 was the incomparable, beautiful Classic.
46 jfk777 : What does the inside look like ?
47 ghifty : Wow. Simply amazing, she's longer than the A340, yet she's still aesthetically pleasing. Must be the engine chevrons, winglet, and the nose! It's funn
48 seabosdca : I'm sorry my quote bothered you. It was not meant to be personal or accusatory -- in fact, that's why I quoted four separate posters using identical
49 CairnterriAIR : Great looking jumbo there....hopefully more will buy the 747 and keep this classic series around for a few more years. The only thing I can critique..
50 PC12Fan : Is that the RAT I hear as the Queen passes by?
51 seachaz : Upper deck does seem a bit on the longish side in the LH livery, but in the red/orange 'sunrise' livery seems fine to me. Regardless good to see it in
52 Post contains images wilco737 : FRA-TLV will be a bit too short, but is an option. All the US east coast is possible with one frame. Westcoast not really, ORD as well. Yes, sounds g
53 Post contains links aloges : Oh... I thought it would be like the new 747-400 First: http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/lufthansa-new-first-class IMHO, there isn't much you co
54 Post contains images wilco737 : No, this is the F class on the current 744s to renew the outdated old one. And as there were 16 seats on the upper deck, but LH only wants to sell 8,
55 shamrock350 : There is something a little awkward looking about the 747-8i, I love the wings and bigger engines but the stretched fuselage behind the wings and exte
56 Post contains images hannahpa : I agree.
57 Post contains images Revelation : Well done, Jon! I think the white paint hightens the effect. We're still jealous. Do you want to write software for a day while I go flying? I promis
58 Viscount724 : Not sure if the plan has changed, but I recall reading somewhere that the first 748i to be delivered would be one of the 9 aircraft ordered by VIP cu
59 Post contains images wilco737 : One VIP -8i will be delivered as first 748i, but the D-ABYA will be the first for LH, I guess that's what he meant. wilco737
60 fpetrutiu : My bet is IAD will be one of the first destinations for this bird, or at least that is what a little LH bird told me at one point of time... But, soon
61 DocLightning : But... But... we're your FRIENDS!!! We won't tell anyone, honest! Does D-ABYA have a name? LH traditionally names their aircraft.
62 AirlineCritic : It does look stunningly beautiful.
63 Post contains links aviational : Beautiful pics...looks amazing...Here's a video of landing on YouTube: . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LHVPnMPc_g
64 columba : Any chance to see that great bird in BER soon ? I doubt it but would love to see it here
65 9MMPD : Any idea on the naming convention the LH748 fleet will have? German cities again?
66 columba : Probably, or German Federal States like Bavaria etc...
67 planesmith : On the aesthetics of the 747-8 - she is a truly elegant and beautiful craft - she has lines that please the eye - unlike other super-jumbos that are a
68 AirPacific747 : It looks really good! I am starting to get used to the new proportions, but I still wish that it had 'real' winglets and not just raked wingtips. Espe
69 Post contains images MadameConcorde : I flew on about every existing 747 from the year the first ones came into service.with Pan American World Airways from London to JFK in 1970. Ahhh the
70 theobcman : Will LH be doing any short european sectors as part of training crew for the 748 ? e.g. AF with A388 CDG-LHR-CDG. I took that flight which was amazing
71 Post contains links MadameConcorde : I would think more in terms of charity flights maybe. They did a few of those with their first 380 D-AIMA "Lady Bee" including their first inaugural
72 Post contains images Rara : Very nice pictures. Meanwhile, I'm getting the same feeling as many people here - the proportions don't seem right to me. Interestingly, it's the fami
73 airtrainer : That's understandable, but do you know when they will make an official announcement about the first route ?
74 Post contains images wilco737 : Hehe, sorry... Yes, a name is planned here as well. But don't know anything here. Maybe, I have heard rumours that such a tour like with the A380 is
75 sweair : It looks more powerful than the older models, the upper deck feels a bit long but I think we will get used to it with time. How about noise, can you h
76 Post contains images wilco737 : I guess once it is delivered and the schedule can be met, they will announce it. So somewhere around April I would say. I do hope so, especially in t
77 mal787 : That is one sexy looking Babe move over Whalejet the Queen retuns , yet again the best looking bird in the sky . mal787
78 Irishpower : What do you think of these? Will LH have any of the 748's running out of MUC? Possible routes (of course this is total speculation on my part)- FRA- I
79 Post contains images bavair : Rumors have been coming around regularly, but to be honest I doubt it. Wilco737 probably knows more though What goes for MUC, you could add PVG to th
80 Rara : Will the 748 be a replacement or add-on to LH's 747 fleet? If the former, I don't see any 748 stationed in MUC.
81 Braniff747SP : Beatuiful- can't wait to see her in service. Hopefully LH will bring the 748 to LAX soon. Well, I'll be more than happy to give you my Y seat in the b
82 Jettravel : I´m looking forward to my first flight with this Queen.
83 airbuseric : I've bookings on LH's FRA-DXB route in May, so I'm hoping I can jump on this bird at an early stage... It looks great, and so good to have a new 747 i
84 na : Wonderful plane. Pure elegance. I hope to see it on the India routes soon. Shouldnt be longer than this, I agree. But still much better proportioned t
85 Mortyman : The B747 400 looks much better I think. There is just something wrong with both the length of the upperdeck and the main deck itself. It's as if they
86 pnwtraveler : There is talk/rumour that AC will downgrade the 77W on YYZ to FRA and LH will upgrade to the B748. AC will then add the 787 when it finally arrives.
87 ojas : I really think LH will deploy them soon to DEL and BOM given the Govt. of India is refusing to allow the A380 into Indian airports
88 LH7478i : Indeed! Looks like they are made for each other.
89 Post contains images Ronaldo747 : A wonderful aircraft. Can't wait to see her in person. She is the one and only Queen of the Skies. Keep my fingers crossed for some FRA-HAM-FRA turns.
90 Post contains images LuftyMatt : She looks beautiful and really suits the LH livery I hope more pax operating airlines order some. Perhaps CX mainline? As they've shown no interest in
91 Post contains images Semaex : Tell me in German, nobody will understand us! Beautiful bird, simply amazing. I find the size of the wings even more fascinating given the, relativel
92 darkroast : Beautiful aircraft, love the proportions. First flight, BLR maybe?
93 Post contains images wilco737 : Well.......... no Could be. It can be done with one frame. Yeah, there are many rumours around. YYZ could be possible, but is for years an A340 route
94 Post contains images flood : Pity, I was on the Stratodeck the day before waiting for the her to take to the skies. She had initially been scheduled to depart sometime around noon
95 columba : Any news on the delivery date of this beauty ?
96 AA737-823 : Having heard several 747-8F's taxying here in ANC, I can tell you that they're drastically quieter FROM A GROUND-BASED point of view. How that transla
97 Post contains images wilco737 : My latest info is End of March. Nothing new on that end. wilco737
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