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Boeing marks 50th delivery of 747-8

By control on May 30, 2013

Boeing marked the 50th delivery of a 747-8.

Lufthansa took delivery of the aircraft.

"Lufthansa is very proud to have the next Boeing 747-8 entering our fleet – almost exactly one year after the launch flight from Frankfurt to Washington, D.C.," Nico Buchholz, executive vice president fleet management at Lufthansa. "After one year of operation and now seven aircraft in the fleet, the aircraft has proven and delivered the excellent economical and ecological performance. We are very happy with the reliable operation of the 747-8."

This aircraft is the airline's seventh 747-8 and its 82nd 747.

"This delivery is not only an important milestone for the 747-8 program, but it sets the stage for our future," Eric Lindblad, vice president and general manager of the 747 program, said. "We will be building and delivering the 747-8 for decades to come."

Cargolux Airlines took delivery of the first 747-8 freighter in October 2011. The first 747-8 Intercontinental went to Lufthansa in April 2012.

Boeing has delivered 35 freighters and 15 Intercontinentals.