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Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a thrilling Saturday afternoon 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) on a thrilling Saturday afternoon 2019. Currently, Lufthansa operates a whopping fleet of 32 747s, 13 of which are 747-400s, with the rest being 747-8Is. Lufthansa is thus denoted as the largest single operator of the Boeing 747-8Is. Fleet-wise, Germany’s flag carrier gained the distinction and honour of receiving Boeing's 1500th 747 ever built, which certifies the aircraft as the first ever wide bodied plane to reach such a milestone. Indeed, the 747 operates as the most successful jumbo jet on the market, with rival company Airbus terminating production of their closest counterpart, the A380, by 2021 - just over a decade after its unveiling. In addition, consider the six million parts to this titanic machine; and with three million fasteners, the plane is intrinsically one of the most resilient and structurally robust ever built. Another 275 km of internal wiring casually flow through the superstructure, further augmenting the colossal 180 000 kg (700 000’ +) mass. Requiring 14 crew members and accommodating nearly 400 passengers, Lufthansa's 747-400s are to be retired from passenger service by 2025, replaced with Boeing's latest 777-9s. However, due to the versatility of the 747 family, they will likely shift to freight operations, extending the life of the jumbo jet even further. At the heart of the 747s success, however, as eloquently described by its chief engineer, Joe Sutter, "safety is the prime design objective... It shall be given first priority in all design decisions", a very admirable - and proven - statement. In all, the 747 has carried millions of passengers and umpteen tons of cargo to all corners of the earth, across all oceans and over both poles - to the benefit of all. Enjoy the image!
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