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Oh, What a Ginormous Plane! Our Instagram Photos of Lufthansa's New Boeing 747-8

May 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM | by | ()

This was taken with an iPhone. Crazy, right?

New airplane alert! Tomorrow, June 1, Lufthansa will send the very first Boeing 747-8 for passengers on its very first regularly scheduled flight. Hopping from Frankfurt, Germany to Washington DC's Dulles Airport, the jumbo-jumbo jet is making history with us onboard. Stay tuned the next few days for dispatches from the tarmac!

First things first: the Boeing 747-8 is a ginormous airplane. So ginormous that we couldn't capture her in a single photo, even though we had the entire space of Lufthansa Technik's A380 hangar to work angles. Though you may see the 747-800 rolling out on the tarmac and not recognize her from her older sibling, the 747-400 you already know and love, this new jet has serious differences and all for the better.

For one, the 747-800 is longer—the longest passenger airliner in the world, actually. The wings are a totally fresh design, raked upwards to increase fuel efficiency. If your 747 has wingtips, then it's not the new plane. The 747-8 will also be quieter, more fuel efficient, have more seats and be able to hold more overall, while increasing flight range. Oh, and did we mention that it's also the first plane to have Lufthansa's completely new lie-flat Business Class seats? Yeahhhhh.

That's plenty details for now. Whet your appetite for the real feast of photos with these Instagram shots we snapped at the preview of the plane earlier today.

Follow Along! Follow our 747-8 adventures on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (username: jaunted) and of course here on the site.

Disclosure: We're flying as a guest of Lufthansa, but rest assured that all photos and opinions presented are completely our own.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]

Archived Comments:

That photo,

I so amazing! Can you make that a postcard?