Just after work on Friday I caught this 77W over to Frankfurt. I was lucky to have the seat next to me empty, as this was a fairly full flight. We pushed back ontime, and rotated off runway 24L about 20 minutes later. This was the first 777-300 flight for the season for the YUL-FRA route.
As is usual, the service was good and the F/As handed out dinner promptly. I even got two meals, because I was at the back of the aircraft, and they had leftovers that they were willing to give out. I hardly ever use the PTVs on long haul flights, and instead catch up on rest, so I was able to get over 3 hours of good sleep after the meal service was completed.
On the approach into Frankfurt we flew directly overhead Dusseldorf and Cologne, so I snapped a few aerial shots as the sun was already up. We landed on the new runway in Frankfurt - in a westerly direction, so the take to the B-gate was extremely long. We arrived at the gate approximately 20 minutes late. I snapped a few photos in Frankfurt - met up with a work collegue and chatted for about 30 minutes to an hour, then got ready for the next flight (already!).
I checked in early and went to the C-gates early - had lots of time to kill. I was given seat 36K which would be on the better side of the aircraft for photos, for travelling westbound. While killing some time at the C-gates I took some time-lapse videos with my iPhone - one loading a Lufthansa A380 to New York. Check it out on the bottom. It goes through about 1 hour worth of loading, then dispatching the flight. On the other side was another A380 going to San Francisco, but its parking spot was more obscured than the A380 to JFK.
Our 747-8 flight to Washington had quite a few empty seats, which I thought was unusual given that it was June. But apparently the eastbound load for this flight is pretty much selling out all seats lately. Boarding only took about 20 minutes, and took place through automated gate machines that scanned your boarding pass. Before I knew it - I was onboard the only 747-8i flying revenue service in the world. It was a pretty awesome experience. I took a few cabin photos of the aircraft while boarding (even of the First Class nose section - there were only 3 pax up there), then the lower deck Business Class cabin, and then finally settled into my Economy seat (36K). Again - luck was on my side as the middle seat was empty. Unfortunately my PTV wasn't working 100%, and same thing for about 20 other passengers around me. You could scroll through the content, but the content wouldn't load when you chose it.
We pushed back a few minutes late, and departed off runway 25R. The overall noise factor was quieter than a 747-400, but not as quiet as the A380. We had some turbulence on departure until we cleared the cloud layer. The pax behind me commented that he thought the airplane was probably brand new because he had never seen an engine with the pointed ends at the back. Hardly anyone knew how new this plane was, however. Only the gate agent @ FRA made one announcement telling everyone they were flying on a brand new 747-8, and the captain made a short blurb over the P/A once we were airborne.
Inflight, service was good - the meal was tasty, but the 20 or so passengers around me were frustrated their TV's weren't working. None decided to move to another seat that had a TV working however. I wasn't all that bothered, as the content didn't seem all that interesting anyway, and I was ready for some sleep.
A few comments on the aircraft itself - again - overall quieter than 747-400. One thing I don't like about the new Boeing interiors is the sidewall vibration. Often when you are trying to sleep, and seated behind the wing/engines, you hear the sidewalls vibrating a lot (plastic). It gets quite load - especially if you apply pressure on the window shade or plastic area between windows.
The cabin seemed quite boring in Lufthansa-dressed esthetics. I walked around the cabin after the seatbelt sign was turned off. The cabin crew had no problem with me going into Business Class, First Class, and even the Upper Deck - so I took a few photos. Business Class looked comfortable but again - boring interior.. with the white bulkheads and grey seats, and little to no colour. First Class looked really comfortable, but it surprised me that the updated F-class in the 747-400s have a separate bed, and the 747-8s don't. I was hoping to see a nice rotunda-type ceiling as you entered the aircraft from the jetway, but that didn't exist on this aircraft.
The aircraft does have a nose cam and belly cam, but not a tail cam. Sorry - I don't have any photos or videos to show those features.
Overall - a nice plane, but nothing special on the interior. Our approach took us past Dulles Airport on the downwind of runway 1R, so I snapped a few pics of the numerous planes parked on their gates. We landed ontime, and even though I was staying in Washington for a day - I took the mobile lounge option to clear customs at the F.I.S. facility in the C-Terminal, just so I could walk around the airport for an hour to see all the traffic. So below are numerous photos of IAD activity. I grabbed a rental car, and took a few photos of the 01R European departures (including the 747-8 going back to FRA), then headed into Washington for a 24 hour stay. It was hot an humid but I have lived in Washington on/off for almost 5 years so I was used to it. I accidentally caught a supercar event at the Ferrari dealership in the Virginia suburbs - so for you car enthusiasts I'll post a few photos of that.
I departed from DCA Airport the next day after spending about 2 hours at Gravelly Point doing some spotting, as they were arriving to the south. It was packed with people cause it was a weekend, and a sunny warm day. We departed towards the south, and turned northerly towards Montreal... flying directly overhead Dulles. So I switched sides to Seat 4A to snap a few aerial shots of Dulles activity during its busy 5pm bank. I even got 100 airplanes in one photo. The flight was uneventful and boring and as usual, I hurt my neck trying to view out the window.
All in all a very good and quick trip. It was exciting to fly a brand new plane so early into its revenue service. Here are the photos and videos. Enjoy!
debonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2241 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 22130 times:
WOW, great pictures - unfortunately I can't view the last pictures... Any upload problems?
Quoting MEL (Thread starter): The cabin seemed quite boring in Lufthansa-dressed class="badspelling">esthetics.
HORRIBLE, the First Class looks more like a mixture of a Bang & Olufsen and IKEA mega-store (nothing special at all, no suites a la SQ, EK, BA etc.???) - and the C Class is offering these very strange V-angled seats (no privacy in these seats like a fold-able divider?).
Come on Lufthansa- I know you can do things better...
swedenflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 53 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 18231 times:
IAD is a great airport for spotting, especially at terminal B. Nice to see the AF A380 there, and I also like the Star Alliance SK plane. I've been on that before. Never seen the SV before, though. You said it, Star Alliance does dominate Dulles.
daviation From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 499 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 15548 times:
Fantastic pictures! It is obvious that you like the 748 very much! I have been on several LH 744s; old, but comfortable and well-maintained. LH service is a pleasure. Am I crazy, but I recall that at the FRA airport, Terminal A had very few restrooms? I don't mean just a limited number, but almost none?
No offense to anyone - we all know that the A380 is a technical marvel, a feat of engineering.....but it is surely one the ugliest airplanes!
Quoting MEL" class="quote" target="_blank">MEL (Thread starter): One thing I don't like about the new Boeing interiors is the sidewall vibration. Often when you are trying to sleep, and seated behind the wing/engines, you hear the sidewalls vibrating a lot (plastic). It gets quite load - especially if you apply pressure on the window shade or plastic area between windows.
Phen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 305 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 14736 times:
Absolutely stunning photos - among the best I've seen in any trip report - thanks so much for sharing. Your wing views are mesmerizing; I think the 747-8i wing now replaces the A330 wing as the most graceful!
gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 2802 posts, RR: 13 Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11250 times:
Quoting MEL (Thread starter): This is an extensive photo trip report from a few weeks ago after a very brief trip to fly the brand new 747-8i.
Superb photos! Really like the morning view of Germany with the fog in the valleys.
Quoting MEL (Thread starter): Before I knew it - I was onboard the only 747-8i flying revenue service in the world. It was a pretty awesome experience
Very nice to be on the only one!
Quoting MEL (Thread starter): Unfortunately my PTV wasn't working 100%, and same thing for about 20 other passengers around me. You could scroll through the content, but the content wouldn't load when you chose it.
I had problems with my PTV on the A380 on the way back from PEK…LH gave me 3,000 miles!
Quoting MEL (Thread starter): First Class looked really comfortable, but it surprised me that the updated F-class in the 747-400s have a separate bed, and the 747-8s don'
Well I think the bed/seat thing on the other 747s is an interim thing. It’s a bit of a waste of space fitting just 8 pax into the upper deck
The 747-8 looks like a great aircraft. Do the pointy bits on the back of the engine do anything, or are they just to look pretty? Nice that the interior stairs are a bit more spacious, with a window at the top to let in some light.
MSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15 Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 10216 times:
Great trip report you have got there! It was interesting to follow up. your first experience on the 748. The new J has really improved a lot.
Enjoyed viewing the YUL, FRA, IAD and WAS spotting pics as well
Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer