747-8I in Lufthansa livery. Courtesy, LH

Boeing and Lufthansa (LH) will conduct pre-delivery testing on a 747-8 Intercontinental set to arrive at the carrier's Frankfurt (FRA) base Tuesday before returning Friday to Seattle. The flight test aircraft being used for the tests will eventually be the fifth 747-8I delivered to LH in the 2012 third quarter.

LH, the launch customer for the latest passenger aircraft in the 747 family, has 20 on order and is slated to receive its first in early 2012 (ATW Daily News, Sept. 7).

Testing to take place at FRA this week will include ground-handling processes by LH maintenance and engineering personnel. In addition, LH crews will check how their ground-support equipment accommodates the aircraft.

The 747-8I is scheduled to arrive at FRA Tuesday after an approximately nine-hr. flight from Seattle. Three LH pilots will join two Boeing pilots for the flight.