BERLIN -- In what could be its first overseas trip, indications point to the 747-8F heading to Hamburg on Friday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the partnership between Lufthansa and Boeing.
While the trip is not officially confirmed, once source says the 747-8 is set for arrival and parking at the Lufthansa Technik ramp, with ramp four on the ramp reserved for the jumbo. Lufthansa 747-400 (D-ABVK) is also set to attend the celebration. Lufthansa is the launch customer for the passenger variant of the 747-8.
I currently find myself in Berlin for a few days to breathe before heading to Northern UK for technical briefings with Airbus. I'll keep this updated as more information becomes available, though it is possible the -8's first trans-Atlantic journey may wait until Farnborough.
UPDATE 8:55 AM 5/7: Unfortunately, the 747-8 will be remaining stateside for the time being. Boeing confirmed that the new jumbo will NOT be visiting Hamburg on Friday. D-ABVK still plans to attend the celebration adorned with custom stickers for the event.