I recently received an invite to head to Germany for about 24 hours before turning around and taking the first passenger flight on-board the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. How could I refuse?

I will be leaving Seattle (SEA) on a Lufthansa Airbus A330 non-stop to Frankfurt (FRA) before grabbing a seat on the inaugural flight from Frankfurt to Washington DC (IAD) on flight LH416. You better believe I will be sharing this experience as much as I can. Follow on Twitter and of course on the blog.

This is exciting for a number of different reasons. One of which is I have already taken a ride on one of Lufthansa’s Airbus A380s and I look forward to comparing that experience to the Intercontinental flight. It won’t be that easy, since the 747-8I is debuting Lufthansa’s new business class product, where the A380 I flew had their older product.

If you have the means (and an open calendar), I just checked this morning and there are still a few tickets left to make the inaugural flight yourself. You also have the chance to win two tickets on a future 747-8I flight on Lufthansa via their Intercontinental mini-site. Be careful though. That mini-site will make you easily burn some time with the 3D 747-8I tour, videos and more.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & FOUNDER - SEATTLE, WA. David has written, consulted, and presented on multiple topics relating to airlines and travel since 2008. He has been quoted and written for a number of news organizations, including BBC, CNN, NBC News, Bloomberg, and others. He is passionate about sharing the complexities, the benefits, and the fun stuff of the airline business. Email me: david@airlinereporter.com

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Dude sometimes I really hate you….Well not really. What a cool opportunity getting to ride the initial Boeing big boss in the sky flight.

This is my first true inaugural flight. I am excited :)


The 747-8 FRA/IAD route is scheduled 6 days per week.
Was wondering..what do they do with the plane on the nonscheduled day?
I booked on LH419 on 8/28 a few months ago, using ff. I found out that the flight that day is a 747-400 not the newbie. :(

You should change flights :)


Evers P

Maintenance and /or delay recovery(if needed).
It’s not posssible to operate the schedule every day of the week with only one aircraft available.

See you in Frankfurt and on board. I might have to come over and crash the party in biz; I’m stuck in a coach seat for the flight as of right now. 😮

Well, you need to work your way up front, or up — how ever it works out.


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