IAD787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 502 posts, RR: 44 Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 38532 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.
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 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9097 posts, RR: 76
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 37920 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.
A388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9940 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 37650 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.
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
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. .
wolbo From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 493 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 37052 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.