View Full Version : Lufthansa rolls out Boeing 747-8
Ye Olde Pilot
2nd May 2012, 20:31
It's a bit of a second rate A380 in my opinion.
Lufthansa appear to agree.
The new aircraft owes much to inspiration from Lufthansa – it fits ideally in the Lufthansa fleet. Seating around 380 passengers, the Intercontinental slots in perfectly between the Airbus A380 (536 seats) and the A340-600 (306 seats).
Lufthansa -*Boeing 747-8 Roll out (http://konzern.lufthansa.com/en/themen/boeing-747-8-roll-out.html)
2nd May 2012, 21:07
First one arrived in FRA this morning (02 May) from Seattle via a flyby at HAM
Press release from DLH here
Lufthansa -*First Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 arrives in Frankfurt (http://presse.lufthansa.com/en/news-releases/singleview/archive/2012/may/02/article/2140.html)
3rd May 2012, 00:58
(Not a pilot) How many decades until each model is paid off?
3rd May 2012, 01:09
'It's a bit of a second-rate A380 in my opinion...'
Not in the looks department...:)
3rd May 2012, 04:28
I'd prefer to fly it any day over the ugly monstrosity that is the A380.
Be funny if this "second rate" airplane outsold the A380 wouldn't it? ;)
If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going.
Why no winglets?
3rd May 2012, 05:48
New wing, more similar to the 787 wing. Different tip design is supposed to be as god as, or better than, winglets.
3rd May 2012, 06:41
747-800 is indeed yummy, and no doubt retains the "pilot's
airplane" concept 747s are known for. I'd even sign a bloody
bond if I could get a job flying it - and I don't sign bonds!
And I agree its better than that waddling pregnant duck 380
that Airboos trundled out a few years ago - and no doubt the
new '47 will be more enjoyably satisfying to fly too.
3rd May 2012, 06:44
The -8 is a delight to fly (haven't flown the A380 so can't comment)
The winglets on the -8 are "racked winglets" (or integrated wing extensions) similar to the 777ER, Dreamliner and the A350 will have them too.
All you need to know about the various types of winglets is here: Aircraft Winglets « Airline world (http://airlineworld.wordpress.com/2008/10/01/aircraft-winglets/)
3rd May 2012, 07:10
Fantastic to see the 747 carrying on into the 21st century!
The 747 is a 20th century icon and changed air travel for the masses.
I hope more airlines see the light and order them.
Well done Lufthansa for being bold enough to fly both 747-800 and A380.
3rd May 2012, 08:42
Amazing how quickly the Airbus v Boeing people start posting.
Don't see this lasting much longer in Rumours and News as a result.
3rd May 2012, 08:52
Yes I agree,I don't know why there is a B747 v A380 and I don't understand why the presumption of "...It is not A380..." No its not!
Perhaps there is ignorance, of the history, performance, etc. of the B747...
As it may sound bias, B747 will always be B747 not A380. Airbus cannot compete Boeing for many reasons especially for the flight systems and operations.
Although the latter was brought to compete directly, personally I don't think its fair to compare or contrast. Boeing are concentrating in direct flights market instead of hub to hub. Hence the B787, 777, etc.
The fact is, B747 will be phased out in a few years times.
To all the A380 fans, to rub it in, A380 will not be able to make the legendary landing at the Kai Tak, ever, for obvious reasons. wohoo!
3rd May 2012, 10:02
I'm sure, being a Boeing, it'll end up hitting it's performance specs and be both cheaper to maintain long term, and much simpler for the engineers to repair when it gets broken, unlike the old Airbus philosophy of over promising every performance aspect by 10-20%.
3rd May 2012, 13:38
Isn't this nice... :suspect:
3rd May 2012, 14:10
If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going.
Yawn, this is so last year.:ugh:
Can anyone come up with a 2012 version of this old chestnut?
3rd May 2012, 14:37
"If it ain't Boeing, right, I'm just not going, right. You know what I'm saying" :p
3rd May 2012, 14:49
"If it ain't Boeing, right, I'm just not going, right. You know what I'm saying"
Nope, still not doing it for me.
4th May 2012, 06:07
Does it for me.
Boeing makes a Pilot's Aeroplane and they simply are the best.
4th May 2012, 14:52
queen of the skies (does the A380 have a name ?:\)
great shame neither BA nor Virgin seems keen to order..
would have thought all the old blue chip long haul Boeing stalwarts like SAA Qantas ANZ Cathay would have also jumped on the 747-8i
something obviously doesn't gel with any of them...why?
what is it?
i would have thought Boeing would have done any deal on the table better than ABus for them to clinch a BA 747 order...very surprising.
but then again seems BA is going the way forward of more seats in one plane and having less frequencies...hence the 380 order
edit just seen air china and Korean have signed up for 747-8i pax stc
and this is a clip to watch of the 747-8f
Boeing 747-8 performs ultimate rejected takeoff (Video) (http://www.boeing.com/Features/2011/05/bca_747-8_RTO_05_04_11.html)
sadly Rolls Royce engines are not available for this a/c