747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 1938 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5286 times:
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1): Wait, did they name ABYB yet? How many 748s have been delivered to LH?
Registration D-ABYB will not be used anymore, because the loss of a Lufthansa 747-130 with the same registration (Nairobi - 20 Nov 1974.)
The second delivered Lufthansa 747-830 will be D-ABYC, scheduled June 30, followed by D-ABYD (July 31) and D-ABYF (Aug 30). After refurbishment of the second 747-8I test aircraft (N6067U), this aircraft will be delivered as D-ABYE ( sept 30).
Lufthansa 747-8 #6 till/incl #10 will be delivered in 2013.
na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10054 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5056 times:
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 7): The reg exists since long time, I think the first 707 was registered D-.ABYA and so was the first 747-130, but I'd have to look that up.
D-ABYA was used on the 741 for the first time. 707s had different reg´s.
Quoting zkojq (Reply 2): Since Lufthansa recently retired the Airbus A340-300 'Oldenberg' (D-AIGA) maybe that name could move to a 747-8 at somepoint?
"Oldenburg" is a relatively small town, I dont think we´ll see it on anything bigger than a new A333 or a A346 (of which curiously some have no name yet).
My guess: LH has retired 744 D-ABTC last weekend. It was named "Mecklenburg-Vorpommern". Neighbour state of "Brandenburg" (the first 748I), its highly likely that name is being transferred to one of the next 748s. D-ABTD "Hamburg" will leave the fleet in the very near future/next days or weeks, so that name will surely be taken soon by a 748I as well unless its destined for a A380 (the A380s are painted and outfitted at Hamburg so I give it a higher chance that the next A380 will be named so).
LH707330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 441 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4618 times:
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 7): I think the first 707 was registered D-.ABYA and so was the first 747-130, but I'd have to look that up.
The first 707s all had D-ABO* registrations, followed by D-ABU*. I want to say the first was D-ABOB, but I'm not 100% sure. After the first ~7 Conway powered ones they started getting the 330Bs with the Pratts.
columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 6992 posts, RR: 4 Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4292 times:
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 11): Working at HAM with my office facing towards runway 33, I could tell by ear which version was operating the daily JFK flight. Making phone calls was impossible regardless which one it was..
Funny, I remember as a kid reading the book "History of Lufthansa" by former pilot Rudolph Braunburg and he mentioned that even the passengers noticed which version they were sitting in, while taxiing, because the pilots had to use the engines differently. Sadly I don´t own the book anymore, it was an entertaining read........
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
LH707330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 441 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3738 times:
Quoting columba (Reply 10): I know this is off topic but I never understood why LH had different engines on the 707, can somebody please explain ??
Same reason BA did: the later Pratts were better than the Conway. The Conway-powered -400 had better fuel burn than the JT4A straight pipes on the -300 when they were first sold. I read somewhere that a P&W guy was at a presentation for the Conway in 1958 and was asked about P&W's turbofan plans. Naturally he said they had one in the pipeline, and when he returned, was told they didn't have one and told everybody to think one up quickly. The team took a JT3C, added a two-stage fan and another turbine disk, and the result was the JT3D, which was more efficient than the Conway. Subsequent 707 orders went to the JT3D-powered -300B, which also had an improved, triangular wing tip and a second inboard trailing edge kink.