New 747-8 jet arrives in Frankfurt on 1st flight

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Guests walk toward the first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental launch jet on the tarmac following remarks inside during a delivery ceremony Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Everett, Wash. Lufthansa is the launch customer for the Intercontinental and will start service with the airplane between Frankfurt, Germany and Washington, D.C. The 747-8 Intercontinental is a stretched, updated version of the iconic 747 and is expected to bring double-digit improvements in fuel burn and emissions over its predecessor, the 747-400, and generate 30 percent less noise. Boeing delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental to a private customer in February, more than a year after originally planned. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The first Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 plane arrived in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, a day after the airline and the manufacturer celebrated the plane's delivery and inaugural flyaway from Paine Field Airport in Everett, Wash.

The plane is an updated version of the iconic 747, with less noise, more space and better fuel efficiency.

The airplane will begin regular commercial service June 1 on a flight from Frankfurt to Washington, D.C.

On board the first flight were Carsten Spohr, chairman of the executive board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa; Nico Buchholz, executive vice president, Group Fleet Management, Lufthansa; and Elizabeth Lund, Boeing vice president and general manager of the 747 Program, along with some 30 passengers and crew.

The 747-8 Intercontinental was designed to improve the fuel efficiency and emissions of its predecessor, the 747-400, while generating 30 percent less noise. The 747-8 Intercontinental's Dreamliner-inspired interior is also designed to appear more spacious and to provide more room for personal belongings.