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The 747-8 Intercontinental,  during a test flight. Boeing photo.

The 747-8 Intercontinental during a test flight.

The Boeing 747 has become the first widebody airplane to reach the 1,500-delivery milestone, the U.S. aircraft manufacturer said today .

The 747-8 Intercontinental was delivered to Lufthansa at a ceremony in Everett, Wash.  A special logo commemorating the 1,500th airplane was also revealed at the event.

“Reaching this milestone delivery is a testament to the capabilities of the airplane and our commitment to continuous innovation,” said Eric Lindblad, vice-president at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“The new 747-8 is delivering on its promise to our customers, and we continue to look at ways to make it even more efficient in the future.”

The German airline was the launch customer of the Intercontinental and the new airplane is its 14th.  Lufthansa took delivery of its first 747-8 in 2012 and has 19 Intercontinentals on order.

“Lufthansa is honoured that the 1,500th 747 will fly with the Lufthansa livery,” said Nico Buchholz, executive vice-president at Lufthansa Group Fleet Management.

“Lufthansa is an important partner and a valued adviser in developing new commercial airplanes with exceptional economical and ecological performance such as the 747-8,” he added.

“The commemorative logo will be a reminder of our relationship with Boeing, now and into the future.”

The image is courtesy of Boeing.