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Lufthansa Airlines announces new service to two major U.S. cities

Luxury air travel is getting bigger and bigger.

Lufthansa Airlines announced this week that its enormous Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft will soon be flying out of Chicago and Los Angeles, Carsten Spohr, CEO of the German carrier, told USA Today's Today In The Sky blog.

The 747-8 jet is 18 feet longer than the 747-400 that is commonly used today by fliers across the world, and has 362 seats for passengers. These planes aren't just larger than most though, they also produce 30 percent less noise and are more environmentally friendly, according to the news source.

Additionally, the aircrafts generate 20 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than other planes. The 747-8 jets use fuel at a rate of 62 miles per gallon per passenger, which is roughly 13 percent less than typical wide-body planes.

The super jet will take to the air for the first time at an undisclosed date from Frankfurt, Germany, and fly to Washington Dulles International Airport. In addition to Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles, the media outlet reports that Lufthansa is looking to add 45 more routes for its new planes.

Spohr told USA Today that both First and Business Class seating areas will feature unique amenities such as seats that recline into a horizontal position for sleeping.

While travelers can fly in style on one of the new 747-8 aircrafts, they should be sure that their luxury transportation accommodations don't end on the tarmac. Whether it be for lavish group transportation or airport limo services, traveling parties should turn to Hermes Worldwide, a premier provider of transportation management solutions that services the Chicago and Los Angeles areas.