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Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Delivered To Lufthansa (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted: 05/ 2/2012 2:58 pm Updated: 05/ 2/2012 2:58 pm

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Boeing executives delivered their 747-8 Intercontinental to Lufthansa on Tuesday during a ceremony in Everett, Washington.

The roughly 974,443-pound jet will take to the skies on June 1, when it makes its maiden voyage from Frankfurt to Washington, D.C., according to the Daily Mail.

With a wingspan of over 225 feet, the two-story jet will have eight first class seats, 92 business class seats and 258 economy seats. The world's longest passenger jet--it is a whopping 250.3-feet long--originally debuted in February 2011 to much fanfare. (The plane later got much love at the Paris Air Show in June 2011.)

Lufthansa is the first commercial carrier to use the elongated version of the 747, Reuters reports.

Lufthansa Chief Officer Carsten Spohr told reporters that the plane was a "new flagship," before adding: "The queen of the skies is the result of great teamwork, of two great companies working together," according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Yet, the airline's executive vice president of group fleet management, Nico Buchholz, told Reuters that while Lufthansa is "never happy" with the weight situation of their current fleet, the airline will try to reduce weight to "save even more fuel." He continued: "But the 747, we have planned it for certain missions, we will do those missions and we will do the missions as we planned them....Yes, it is a bit overweight, there's no secret about that, but is that impacting any of our operations? No. Certain things are better than Boeing promised. When I look at all the elements combined as an aircraft, that's when I say the aircraft does what we want it do and does it the way we want it to do."

Lufthansa has ordered 20 of the 747-8s and plans to put the plane into use for flights from Germany to Los Angeles, Chicago O'Hare, New Delhi and Bangalore later this year, according to USA Today.

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Filed by Kate Auletta  |