The new Lufthansa Livery Goes on Tour

The first Lufthansa B747-8 to carry the airline's new colour scheme. (Lufthansa)
The first Lufthansa B747-8 to carry the airline’s new colour scheme. (Lufthansa)

A heads-up to Lufthansa fans: on Thursday, February 8, a very special Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 and an Airbus A321 will be touring Germany and Europe.  The jumbo jet and the A321 are the first Lufthansa airliners in the new livery – and will make an appearance at ten German airports as well as the international airports Milan/Malpensa (MXP) and Paris/Charles de Gaulle (CDG).

One hundred years ago, graphic designer and architect Otto Firle designed the heraldic animal of Lufthansa: the crane.  Over the last century, the Lufthansa logo has become one of the world’s most recognisable trademarks and the airline says that in celebrating this anniversary, it is not only taking a proud look back, but especially to the future, stating, – after all, the birthday of its heraldic animal is the perfect occasion to develop the brand’s identity.

The Boeing 747-8 (registration: D-ABYA) will take off from Frankfurt with the flight number LH9988 at 0830 and make stops in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Bremen, Hamburg, Hannover, Berlin, Dresden, Munich and Stuttgart before getting back to Frankfurt around 1700.  The carrier says the flights will be carbon-neutral, with the compensation of CO2 emissions made via myclimate.

The Airbus A321 (registration: D-AISP) with the new design will also be making its round trip as part of its regular scheduled service on Thursday: from Munich to Milan/Malpensa and back, continuing on to Paris/Charles de Gaulle.  After returning to Munich from Paris, it will take its last passengers from Munich to Frankfurt and end its tour for the day there.

All the information and all the routes of the two Lufthansa aircraft can be found in the attached infographics, on the info channels of the respective airports and at  Enthusiasts who can’t be at the airport in person can track the flights of the two aircraft on


  1. Should have kept some Lufthansa yellow to show its pedigree. I would have liked to have seen a narrowish yellow leading edge stripe down the leading edge of the vertical stabilzer and continuing around the leading edge of the blue surround. Without some highlight, I agree with other commenators – bit boring but like most new liveries we get used to them – except China Eastern – and this new LH one is getting close to that low grade!

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