Lufthansa Deploys Boeing 747-400 on Frankfurt-Tokyo/Haneda Route After Nearly a Year

Lufthansa's Boeing 747-400

Lufthansa German Airlines’ Boeing 747-400 aircraft (registration: D-ABTK) arrived on January 16th as flight LH716 from Frankfurt to Tokyo/Haneda. This flight usually employs the latest model of the 747 series, the 747-8, making it approximately one year and one month since the older model 747-400 had been utilized on this route, previously seen on December 16, 2022.

The 747-400 once served as a mainstay for domestic carriers such as Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), but it has become a rare sight in Japan. While Asiana Airlines intermittently operates it on the Tokyo/Narita-Seoul/Incheon route, no airline regularly deploys it for Japanese routes.

Lufthansa German Airlines LH 747-400

The 747-400 model has a total length of 70.66 meters and a wingspan of 64.44 meters, which is slightly smaller compared to the 747-8 model (total length 76.3 meters, wingspan 68.40 meters). The Lufthansa’s 747-400 that arrived features a three-class configuration with 67 business class seats, 32 premium economy seats, and 272 economy seats, totaling 371 seats. In contrast, the regularly used 747-8 has a four-class configuration with 8 first class, 80 business class, 32 premium economy, and 244 economy seats, totaling 364 seats. Both aircraft have their business class located on the upper deck.

Flight LH716 with the 747-400 departed Frankfurt at 1:58 PM local time on January 15th and arrived at Tokyo/Haneda at 10:29 AM Japan time the following day. It then departed Haneda at 12:36 PM as LH717 bound for Frankfurt.

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