Lufthansa’s newest ‘Queen of the Skies”, Boeing’s new and updated 747-8 Intercontinental jumbo jet, touched down for the first time early Tuesday at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in Delhi, India and enjoyed a water cannon salute.
This marks the first destination in Asia to receive the new 747 that boasts a lengthened fuselage and redesigned wings among other improvements.
The Frankfurt-New Delhi flight also made Lufthansa, Germany’s national carrier, the global launch customer for the aircraft, the fourth-generation version of Boeing 747.
“The passenger response to the inaugural flight was overwhelming in all classes. This confirms our high expectations for B747-8 and its great new on-board products,” Lufthansa’s South Asia Director Axel Hilgers told a team of visiting Indian journalists.
The new jet, will run the Frankfurt-Delhi route daily, will replace Lufthansa’s older 747-400. Lufthansa also plans to have the 747-8 fly between Bangalore and Frankfurt starting September 15th.