12 DECEMBER 2011
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Lead customer Lufthansa and airframe manufacturer Boeing were last week conducting pre-delivery testing of the all new 747-8 Intercontinental at the airline’s main operations base at Frankfurt. Official delivery is due early in the New Year.
The aircraft known to Boeing as RC021, is one of three that have served in the 747-8 Intercontinental flight test fleet. It has been specifically used to test interior systems such as heating and air conditioning, cabin lighting and systems and galleys.
Lufthansa conducted a number of tests to help ensure a smooth integration of the newest member of the 747 family into its operations. Maintenance and engineering personnel rehearsed ground-handling processes.
The 747-8 Intercontinental provides double-digit improvements in fuel economy and carbon emissions per passenger and generates a 30% smaller noise footprint than the 747-400. The 747-8 Intercontinental applies interior features from the 787 Dreamliner that include a new curved, upswept architecture giving passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings. Lufthansa has 20 on order. www.lufthansa.com
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