USAF336TFS From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1447 posts, RR: 53 Posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 19754 times:
Looking over the pictures of the first delivery of the 747-8i to Lufthansa, as many of you know, she remains nameless.
I've also noted that right above where the name will/would be, the Boeing logo "Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental" is also missing. My guess is that both will be completed by Lufthansa Technik in FRA, prior to her inaugural flights in June.
Any guesses as to what her name will be?
[Edited 2012-05-02 04:43:28]
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With the third A380 delivered, they deviated from the standard of naming their aircraft after German states and cities (with the exception of the A340 named "Gander & Halifax"). Perhaps this will extend to the 747-8 fleet as well, perhaps it will not - but with the retirements of more and more 747-400s, their names become available and some have been or will be used for A380s. Others may be reserved for the 747-8.
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10502 posts, RR: 38 Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 19161 times:
Germany had so many wonderful composers. I don't see why Lufthansa should not name their planes after them.
I would be proud to fly on board planes named "Richard Wagner", "Ludwig van Beethoven", "Johannes Brahms", "Richard Strauss", "Johann Sebastian Bach", "Georg Friedrich Händel", "Joseph Haydn", "Gustav Mahler", "Felix Mendelssohn", "Franz Schubert", "Georg Philipp Telemann", "Carl Maria von Weber" or "Robert Schumann".
Their music could be played for welcoming passengers on board their respective named airplanes and also while disembarking.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10052 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 19121 times:
As mostly I agree with you, MadameConcorde. Actually its even something I mentioned in a LH meeting last year when talking about the A380/748I naming issue. But I expect they´ll just transfer state and city names from 744s being retired.
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 8291 posts, RR: 26 Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 18616 times:
Quoting Burkhard (Reply 8): Doesn't Austrian name the aircraft after musicians? If I remember correctly, this is no recommendation.
Lauda did indeed, but that was more the likes of Bob Marley, Elvis Presley or Falko
the 748 will most likely get the names of the states and larger cities. Since Berlin is taken already for a A380, that leaves 15 state names for the first batch of 748s. MUC and FRA is also for the 380, but there are enough large cities in Germany , Lh won't run out of names.
Semaex From Germany, joined Nov 2009, 801 posts, RR: 2 Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 18341 times:
Quoting columba (Reply 10): I believe the 747-8I will like the -430 be named after German Federal States. The A380 is named after major Cities worldwide and large German cities.
Not quite correct. The A380 is given the names of major Star Alliance hub cities or destinations the bird flies to. What "Berlin" has to do with those, not too sure, but hey, it's a great city nonetheless.
I personally wished they named the 748 after culturally or historically important regions of Germany. Many spring to mind when I think about it: Rhein-Main, Ruhrgebiet, Ostfriesland, Schwarzwald, Schwaben, Brandenburg, Tirol etc...
I'm not sure if it was classy for LH to give away names which don't really have anything to do with Germany (except for "Gander-Halifax", that one deserves it!).
Here's to hoping the 748 will reuse the cities and Länder the 744 leaves behind.
// You know you're an aviation enthusiast when you look at your neighbour's cars and think about fleet commonality.
TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3381 posts, RR: 30 Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 15477 times:
Quoting Semaex (Reply 15): What "Berlin" has to do with those, not too sure, but hey, it's a great city nonetheless.
While no major A380 destination, Berlin has several purposes:
1. LH was not allowed to fly to Berlin before reunification - that it is allowed to do so today is still a big reason to celebrate for LH.
2. It is the german capital.
3. LHs ancient history before WW2 (despite the current company not being linked to this company) had a lot to do with Berlin.
CiC From Germany, joined Jun 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 14905 times:
Just my opinion, get rid of the Names of the German states,
christen the 748 with names of German Aviation pioneers, like the Ladies Hannah Reitsch, Elly Beinhorn, Kätchen Paulus or the men, Manfred Baron von Richthofen, Graf Zeppelin, Hugo Eckener, or even LH pioneers like Otto Brauer (LH's famous Captain of the Junkers G38), von Gablenz, ... Would be better to remind history! And tell their stories onboard (pics, infos...).
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 17926 posts, RR: 57 Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 14728 times:
Quoting CiC (Reply 19): christen the 748 with names of German Aviation pioneers, like the Ladies Hannah Reitsch, Elly Beinhorn, Kätchen Paulus or the men, Manfred Baron von Richthofen, Graf Zeppelin, Hugo Eckener, or even LH pioneers like Otto Brauer (LH's famous Captain of the Junkers G38), von Gablenz, ... Would be better to remind history! And tell their stories onboard (pics, infos...).
The problem is that many of these names also hearken to the 1930's/Nazi period in time leading up to WWII. That isn't exactly something that LH wants to market!
This has pictures of the ceremony along with lots of great pictures of the 747-8i interiors (all 3 classes)
You will have to copy/paste as it does not seem to link directly. The pictures are wornderful just as if you are inside the airplane.