Dulles to see first Lufthansa 747-8 service

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Lufthansa has revealed that Washington-Dulles Airport will be the first international destination served by the Boeing 747-8.

Christoph Franz, Lufthansa chairman and chief executive, revealed the inaugural route today in a speech to the International Aviation Club in Washington DC.

"I am happy to announce the first destination of the 747-8i will be the nation's capital - Washington, DC," Franz told the club.

Speaking to Flightglobal Pro shortly after the speech, Franz noted that the new 747-8 is a good fit for a route already served by a 747-400 on a daily frequency. Lufthansa also intends for the US-built 747-8 flying to the national capital as a symbolic gesture of the carrier's appreciation for the US market, he says.

Franz declined to specify the timing for the first 747-8 delivery, the carrier's first of 20, although Lufthansa Technik has previously said delivery will take place around 23 April.

The three-class 386-seat 747-8 features the company's new business class product and Boeing's 787-style bins and LED lighting.