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Watch Lufthansa's Boeing 747-8 Vogue for its First Photo Shoot

Where: Germany
July 30, 2012 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's now been two whole months since the debut of the very first Boeing 747-8 for passenger use and the launch airline, Lufthansa, isn't quite done celebrating. In fact, they've just released another awesome video that details the way in which they prepared and conducted the massive photo shoot to get the shots to make potential flyers drool.

Since it's Monday and since we love watching videos like this more than if they had described the process of an involved aircraft photoshoot, let's just watch the damn thing.

Without further ado:

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Watch a Boeing 747-8 Wing Flex on Takeoff in This Awesome Video

Where: 1 Saarinen Circle [map], Sterling, VA, United States, 20166
July 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM | by | Comment (1)

You know we love a window seat and the awesome views it offers. But one of the best parts? Watching the super-flexible new wing of the Boeing 747-8 raise up on takeoff.

With a seat in Business Class on the lower level, right in front of the wing, we set our camera to HD video mode, propped it up against the new larger windows and enjoyed the view.

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Six Million Pieces and Three People: Inside the Boeing 747-8i's Redesigned Cockpit

June 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

New airplane alert! On Friday, June 1, Lufthansa sent 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 made history with us onboard. Stay tuned the next few days for dispatches from the tarmac!

So yes, the world's first Boeing 747-8i is up and flying and, while it's fun to celebrate all the new seats and passenger-side comforts, real appreciation for the new aircraft must include understanding that most of the major improvements came for the technical, operational end of the jumbo.

This is a plane made up of over 6 million pieces, all controlled by a few men sitting up front, switches and buttons beneath their fingertips...fingertips that know the geography of the cockpit by heart. Welcome to the Boeing 747-8i's flight deck....where the magic happens.

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The Definitive Guide to Lufthansa's New Business Class, Onboard the First 747-8i

June 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

New airplane alert! Last Friday, June 1, Lufthansa sent 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 made history with us onboard. Stay tuned the next few days for dispatches from the tarmac!

It used to be that flying in luxury on a jumbo jet meant somewhat wider seats with better recline, friendlier flight attendants, a spiral staircase to the upper deck and lobster on the menu. This was the premium class of the 1970s, when Pan Am took off with the very first Boeing 747 passenger plane, a 747-100. Fast forward to 42 years later (!!) to the new 747-800 Intercontinental and, as much as we bemoan the loss of the "jet set" glamor, stepping into Lufthansa's new Business Class forces the realization that—holy mackerel—these last few decades have actually produced a plane that can again cause passengers to mouthe "wow" (or "toll" if you're German).

The 747 has always been an impressive work of aviation engineering, but it's this 747-8i that Boeing is calling "a flagship aircraft that airlines will want to customize" and "a cornerstone of the Lufthansa fleet for years to come." So, no surprise that Lufthansa chose this baby for the grand debut of the new lie-flat Business Class seats, right? So let's check it out...

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Photos and Video: Onboard the Inaugural Flight of Lufthansa's Brand New Boeing 747-8i

June 1, 2012 at 7:31 PM | by | Comments (3)

New airplane alert! Today, June 1, Lufthansa sent 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!

"Haben Sie einen schönen Flug."

The captain's calm pleasantries were the usual remarks that come at the beginning of a long flight—the weather is cloudy and warm at our destination and he hopes all passengers enjoy the onboard services during the 10-hour journey—but this is where the "usual" ended and the extraordinary began.

You see, earlier today we participated in a little bit of aviation history. Take that back—what happened wasn't little at all, but JUMBO. Flying direct from Frankfurt, Germany to Washington, DC-Dulles, the very first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental completed its very first scheduled passenger flight. It is not the 747 you already know and love, but a fresher, faster, more technologically advanced and larger 747, and Lufthansa is the only airline with their hands on this new "Queen of the Skies."

Though the majority of the passengers had completely lucked out on booking this inaugural flight and only figured out something special was afoot when the airplane came under a firetruck water cannon shower on its creep out to the Frankfurt runway, our journey to the Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental began some time ago, and we'd already been in Germany for nearly two weeks, psyching up for this first flight.

So here's what went down:

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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 | Comment (1)


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.

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Watch the Biggest Boeing 747 Go for a Bath

January 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

Take a minute or two today and watch the video above. Sure, it's kinda corporate what with all the Boeing and Lufthansa bits, but in the end it should tickle the fancy of anyone born since the invention of the almighty Slip n Slide.

What's happening here is that Boeing is putting their new 747-8 freighter (to be delivered to Lufthansa) through water spray test so that, should the plane encounter any runway flooding, it can still safely land without sucking up any of the precipitation into its various engines and intakes. In order to test this, the plane gets its underside painted with a pretty pink soap wash, and then it barrels through a purposefully flooded runway at around 60 mph.

While it's not exactly a Slip n Slide since the airplane is still firmly up on its wheels, the image of that hulking machine zipping through the splash quickly brings flashbacks to our youth of those few seconds of joy, sliding down blue plastic, before the eventual grass burn at the finish.

For a real 747 waterslide experience, just head to the newish waterpark outside Portland, OR. There's a 747 on the roof!

Sigh. Is it summer yet?