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The new Lufthansa 747-8. Boeing photo.

The new Lufthansa 747-8. Boeing photo.

Lufthansa has taken delivery of its 75th Boeing 747, 44 years after the German arline received its first Jumbo Jet.

The launch customer of the Boeing 747-8, the airplane delivered on Wednesday was the arline’s 13th. Six more 747s are on order.

“Lufthansa is proud to share this milestone with Boeing,” said Nico Buchholz, executive vice- president of Lufthansa Group Fleet Management.

“The 747 is an amazing airplane and will continue to delight our passengers for many years to come, and provide them with the ultimate in comfort and efficiency.”

Lufthansa received its first 747-8 two years ago and its first Jumbo Jet,  a 747-100, in 1970, a year after the wide-body airplane’s maiden flight.

As of this spring, nearly 1,500 747s are in service around the world.

The 747-8 is the newest member of the family. It has won 120 orders for passenger and cargo versions, 68 of which have been delivered, Boeing said on Friday.