Boeing delivered its first new 747-8I destined for commercial airline service today to Germany’s Lufthansa.
The new aircraft, the fourth generation of the venerable jumbo jet, will fly to Lufthansa’s headquarter city of Frankfurt May 1.
The new plane features a double-digit percentage fuel consumption over its predecessor, the 747-400, new avionics, an undated passenger cabin and a 30 percent reduction in noise.
Lufthansa, which has ordered 20 of the planes, plans to put the first aircraft into commercial service in early June.
The new plane is some 30 seats larger than its predecessor and can carry more cargo.
The aircraft was built in Boeing’s Everett wide-body aircraft plant.