Boeing has delivered the 1,500th 747 model, a 747-830i to Lufthansa.
The aircraft was handed over to the airline in Seattle on June 28 and, after a low level flypast of Boeing’s Everett facilities at Payne Field, continued on its delivery flight to Frankfurt.
“Reaching this milestone delivery is a testament to the capabilities of the airplane and our commitment to continuous innovation,” Boeing’s 747 vice president and general manager, Eric Lindblad said in a statement. “The new 747-8 is delivering on its promise to our customers, and we continue to look at ways to make it even more efficient in the future.”
The aircraft wears a discreet 1,500th airplane logo on the rear fuselage
“Lufthansa is honoured that the 1,500th 747 will fly with the Lufthansa livery,” said Nico Buchholz, executive vice president, Lufthansa Group Fleet Management. “Lufthansa is an important partner and a valued advisor in developing new commercial airplanes with exceptional economical and ecological performance such as the 747-8. The commemorative logo will be a reminder of our relationship with Boeing, now and into the future.”
The first 747 was rolled out in 1968. The 500th 747 was delivered to SAS in 1981, and the 1,000th to Singapore Airlines in 1993.
Lufthansa has a total of 19 747-8 Intercontinentals on order.