Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lufthansa Reveals Retro Livery on Boeing 747-8

Story & Photography by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren / Published February 14, 2015

A retro-painted Lufthansa 747-8i (D-ABYT) made an appearance at Boeing’s Everett plant this week. D-ABYT is slated to be the 1,513th 747 delivered and according to will be the 17th delivered out of an order for 20 airframes.

Image: Courtesy of JDL Multimedia

Image: Courtesy of JDL Multimedia

The jet is part of the airlines’ 60th anniversary celebrations. It bears the carrier’s colors from 1968, albeit without the original bare-metal polish. It is expected to be delivered in late March or early April. Lufthansa was the launch customer of the 747-8i, taking delivery in April 2012 and entering into service in June 2012.

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Other commercial operators of the 747-8i include Air China with Korean the next airline to take delivery sometime in the late second or early third quarter. Due to falling sales, 747-8 output will fall to 1.3 planes a month beginning in September 2015 from 1.5. That means Boeing will build 16 of its biggest-ever planes annually, two less than its current pace. A recent bright spot was the 747-8 assuming the pole position to be the new Air Force One, replacing the current VC-25′s.

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JDL Multimedia

JDL Multimedia

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