Full flight from Sao Paulo GRU to Frankfurt am Main FRA on a Lufthansa Boeing 747-830.
This is D-ABYM and was delivered to Lufthansa in Feb, 2014
This is currently the longest airliner in service, with a length of 76.3 m, followed by the A340-600, B777-300 and A380.
This plane is equipped with four GEnx-2B67
It’s hard to appreciate it from inside, but this plane has a wingspan of 68.5 m (4.1 m more than the 747-400).
The 747-8 (747-830 in this case) looks great from outside and has a totally new cabin with 777-style overhead bins.
There’s also a forward and down-facing camera. The image can be viewed in the individual screen.
Unfortunately, the Boeing 747-8i (passenger version) has not sold so well. Only three airlines operate it: Lufthansa, Korean Airlines and Air China.
Nowadays, there are only two airlines operating the 747 to/from GRU: BA and LH. It’s been said that BA will shortly replace it with a 772/W in order to reduce capacity.
Lufthansa offers a great inflight service, considering the meals and IFE. Being Madrid my final destination, I could have chosen a much shorter route. I chose this one just to fly on the 747-8 and to fly with Lufthansa.
However, I must say that I am VERY UPSET with the Miles & More program. I will publish a video in a few days explaining what happened.
One thing that was quite strange is that at the moment of booking Lufthansa will charge you for seat assignment (that option is free if you wait until 23 hours before the flight). Most major carriers don’t do this. In any case, it is not compulsory. The price varies according to the segment, but for this flight I paid approximately USD 36. That’s not cheap, but I wanted to have a good view and it was my first time on the 747-8. As I would be flying 4 segments, I decided to do it only for the first one.
My conclusion is that it’s not worth doing that. Despite the plane was full, at the moment of check in (starting 23 hours prior to departure), there were lots of good seats available. I could have saved my money for a better cause…
I’m a great fan of the 747…with the -8, I can say that I have flown in all its versions, including the -100, -SP, -200, -300, -400, -400M and -8i.
Unfortunately, towards the end of the flight, my camera fell onto the window frame and the lens ended up dislodged. Luckily, I had my cell phone handy and could film the landing with it.
Equipment: Boeing 747-8i / -830
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