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Lufthansa extends its Boeing 747-400 high-capacity flights to Palma during June


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Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 long-haul airplane parked at Palma airport, Mallorca.
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Lufthansa, the German airline, has announced its decision to extend the utilization of the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, recognized as the world’s largest passenger jet, on their Palma route throughout the upcoming month. With a capacity to accommodate up to 500 passengers, this aircraft will continue to serve the route.

Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-400 will be in operation for flights to Palma from Frankfurt on specific dates: June 3, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, and 17. Since its introduction shortly before Easter, these flights have witnessed substantial demand and are expected to remain popular throughout the summer season.

It is worth noting that aircraft of such dimensions are typically not deployed on short-haul routes. The inaugural rollout of the first 747-400 occurred on January 26, 1988, followed by its maiden flight on April 29, 1988. Additionally, on February 9, 2020, a British Airways Boeing 747-400 established the subsonic airliner speed record for the New York–London route, completing the journey in a remarkable 4 hours and 56 minutes, bolstered by the powerful Jetstream associated with Storm Ciara.

Boeing 747-400: A Timeless Legend of Aviation


The Boeing 747-400, an iconic aircraft that has graced the skies for decades, stands as a testament to the advancements and achievements in aviation. Since its first flight in 1988, this majestic jumbo jet has left an indelible mark on the industry, revolutionizing long-haul travel and becoming synonymous with air travel itself. With its distinctive hump and unmistakable silhouette, the Boeing 747-400 remains an enduring symbol of power, innovation, and the wonder of flight.


Design and Innovation

The Boeing 747-400 builds upon the success of its predecessor, the Boeing 747-300, with numerous advancements that enhance both performance and passenger comfort. One of the key upgrades is the introduction of a two-pilot digital flight deck, which incorporates advanced avionics and computer systems. This modernized cockpit allows for improved flight management, reducing workload and increasing safety.

With a length of 231 feet (70.6 meters) and a wingspan of 211 feet (64.4 meters), the Boeing 747-400 is an engineering marvel. It can carry up to 416 passengers in a typical three-class seating configuration, and its spacious cabin provides ample legroom and a comfortable flying experience. The aircraft’s cargo capacity is also impressive, making it a versatile workhorse for both passengers and freight.


Performance and Range

The 747-400 boasts exceptional performance capabilities, enabling it to conquer long-haul routes effortlessly. Its four high-bypass turbofan engines, typically the General Electric CF6 or Pratt & Whitney PW4000 series, deliver tremendous thrust, allowing the aircraft to reach cruising speeds of up to 570 mph (920 km/h). The range of the 747-400 is approximately 7,260 nautical miles (13,450 kilometers), enabling it to connect distant cities and continents non-stop.

Moreover, the incorporation of advanced wing and engine technologies, along with improved aerodynamics, enhances fuel efficiency, reducing environmental impact. These innovations reflect Boeing’s commitment to sustainability and the ongoing efforts to make air travel more eco-friendly.


Legacy and Impact

The Boeing 747-400 has left an indelible legacy in the world of aviation. Its introduction marked a new era of air travel, characterized by increased passenger capacity and improved efficiency. The jumbo jet played a vital role in connecting people and cultures, bringing the world closer together.

The 747-400’s versatility made it a favorite among airlines for various operations. From transoceanic flights to high-demand routes, this aircraft proved its adaptability and reliability time and time again. Additionally, the distinctive hump of the 747-400’s upper deck allowed for the creation of unique and luxurious spaces, such as business class lounges, bars, and even private suites.

As the aviation industry evolves, newer and more efficient aircraft models have emerged, leading to a gradual decline in the use of the 747-400 by passenger airlines. However, the jumbo jet continues to thrive in other roles, such as cargo transport and as a platform for specialized missions, such as Air Force One, the presidential aircraft of the United States.


The Boeing 747-400 has undeniably earned its place in the annals of aviation history. It revolutionized the way we travel and captivated the world with its iconic design and remarkable capabilities. Though its prominence as a passenger aircraft may wane, the 747-400 will forever be remembered as a symbol of engineering prowess and human achievement. It will continue to inspire future generations of aircraft designers and enthusiasts, reminding us of the endless possibilities that lie within the realm of flight.

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