Lufthansa still expects first 747-8I by end of Q1

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Lufthansa still expects its first delivery of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental by the end of the first quarter.

The carrier confirmed the delivery timeframe during a 13 January press event in Washington, DC marking the conclusion of the first commercial transatlantic flight powered partially by biofuel, which was operated by Lufthansa with a 747-400.

Neither Lufthansa nor representatives from Boeing attending the event would confirm an exact delivery date, but Lufthansa said it still plans to accept delivery of five of the widebody aircraft this year.

Lufthansa did state it would be happy to receive the 747-8I model "in the near future".

The 747-8I received FAA certification in December of 2011, and the first delivery was initially planned for that same month. Previously company sources have said the first aircraft should be delivered to a completion centre for VIP interior modifications in February, with Lufthansa's first airline-configured 747-8I to be delivered the following month.