Lufthansa operated its first flight to Los Angeles (LAX) with its new Boeing 747-8
Intercontinental aircraft on Monday December 10.
Flight LH456 from Frankfurt touched down at LAX at 13:15 local time. Los Angeles is just the second destination in the US and fourth in the world designated for services from the new jumbo jet. The scheduled return flight, LH457, departed LAX at 15:45.
Lufthansa’s newest flagship aircraft will provide daily services between the two cities, increasing capacity on this route by 17%.
A celebratory water cannon salute greeted the new type as the aircraft taxied to a gate located at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Nearly 200 corporate customers, airline and aircraft partners and media attended the celebration, which included remarks by Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge; Deputy Mayor Matthew Karatz of the Office of Economic and Business Policy; Elizabeth Lund, Vice President and Chief Project Engineer of the 747 program at Boeing; Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey; and Juergen Siebenrock, Vice President, The Americas for Lufthansa.
“The selection of Los Angeles for our new flagship aircraft demonstrates the market’s critical importance for Lufthansa, which has had a presence in Southern California since 1960,” said Juergen Siebenrock. “The Frankfurt – Los Angeles route connects the world’s two largest and most influential consumer markets for entertainment products – Hollywood and Germany. LAX is also an active gateway for the pharmaceutical, IT, automotive industry and defence contractor industries, all of which are important customer segments for Lufthansa.”
“We are honored Lufthansa chose LAX for this new, historic service that will greatly enhance the passenger experience,” said Gina Marie Lindsey. “Lufthansa is the only
international carrier offering daily service on a new-generation Boeing 747-8
Intercontinental jumbo jet between Europe and the US West Coast.”
Lufthansa’s 747-8 Intercontinental is equipped with 386 seats in a three-class
configuration (eight First Class, 80 Business Class and 298 Economy Class).
The German flag carrier currently has 20 Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals on order. In addition to Los Angeles and the inaugural market of Washington, D.C., Lufthansa operates the 747-8 on its Delhi and Bangalore routes and plans to roll-out service to additional gateways in the near future.