LUFTHANSA’s 747-8i, D-ABYS, Showing Off At Paine Field

LUFTHANSA’s 747-8i, D-ABYS, Showing Off At Paine Field

Over the next month, Lufthansa will take delivery of their final 3 747-8i aircraft.   When all is said and told, 19 ‘Queens of the Sky’ will be in the fleet for what should be 15-20 years.   It also marks the beginning of the end of new 4-engine aircraft for Lufthansa (there are also 2 A380s set to still join the fleet).

The first 747-8i joined the fleet in 2012 and had her inaugural flight on June 1, 2012.  I was fortunate to be in Frankfurt for the festivities surrounding the first 747-8i to join the fleet and now look back and see how quickly time has ‘flown’ by.  Pun probably intended.

With ‘YS’ ready for delivery, it leaves D-ABYT and D-ABYU as the final 2 747-8ii that will join the fleet.   ‘YT’ is the much-anticipated ‘Retro Jet’ who will sport the livery that was on Lufthansa aircraft in the 1980s.   ‘YU’ should have her paint work completed this weekend and I’ll be able to bring you a few images of her as the last 747-8i that is scheduled to join the fleet.

Here is a look at the Retro Livery.  She's parked over a mile away and unfortunately a SCOOT 787 is in the way......

Here is a look at the Retro Livery. She’s parked over a mile away and unfortunately a SCOOT 787 is in the way……

 

For now, here are several shots I took at Paine Field as ‘YS’ was put through the motions during a ‘B2’ test flight.   Typically new aircraft go through three test flights:  B1, B2, C1.   The ‘B’ flights are conducted by Boeing pilots who troubleshoot and certify the aircraft.  The C flight is conducted by the ‘Customer’ and typical involves the Airline’s pilots and technicians.   Once A ‘C’ flight is completed, it is ready for delivery to the airline.

By the way, if you missed yesterday’s posted regarding LH Cargo’s last 777F delivery, click here!

Enjoy!

Entering the taxiway towards runway 16R

Entering the taxiway towards runway 16R

 

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Entering 16R

Entering 16R

Takeoff Roll

Takeoff Roll

Returning from B2 Flight

Returning from B2 Flight

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Final Approach

Over the numbers.....

Over the numbers…..

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Flare…..

Touchdown.....

Touchdown…..


LUFTHANSA Planning Retro Livery To Celebrate 60th Anniversary

LUFTHANSA Planning Retro Livery To Celebrate 60th Anniversary

LUFTHANSA is planning to celebrate it’s 60th Anniversary by dressing one of their 747-8i aircraft in a retro-livery set to debut in April 2015.

The livery will be carried by D-ABYS, which will be the 17th 747-8i delivered to Lufthansa.    ‘Yankee Sierra’ was chosen as the canvas for the new livery because it’s delivery is scheduled for April, coinciding with the anniversary.

The livery will be the one carried by Lufthansa aircraft from the 1970s through 90s before the introduction of the current livery.   For those of you who recall this classic livery, you’ll remember that this livery sported a polished/unpainted aluminum ‘underbelly’.  Unfortunately this will not carry forward to the retro livery.  However, all other aspects of it will be in place.

To give you an idea of what the aircraft and livery will look like, here is a photo from Lufthansa’s archive showing a classic 747:

 

Lufthansa's D-ABYS, scheduled for April 2015 delivery will sport this classic look......

Lufthansa’s D-ABYS, scheduled for April 2015 delivery will sport this classic look……

 

H/T to FlyerTalk’s NewbieRunner and Oliver2002.