Two years ago I've uploaded a video of the Lufthansas Boeing 747 "D-ABYA" to Youtube. I am currently receiving some angry comments on that video because the title reads "747-830 with new Lufthansa livery performs low pass at Hanover Airport". Many people are angry with the label "747-830", telling me that no such thing exists and that the featured airplane is a 747-8 or a 748.

Back when making the video, if I recall correctly, I looked up the type on Jetphotos. It reads "Boeing 747-830". The same is true on Flightradar24. airframes.org tells me the type is B748 and the model is 747-830. However, I could not find a reference to "747-830" on boeing.com.

What are the differences between type and model? Is a type 747-8 always a 747-830? Or are there other models with a similar name (747-8xx)? Am I correct in saying that the airplane is a 747-830?

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    $\begingroup$ I guess this is the video. Don't worry too much about angry, ignorant people on the internet (and in real live), don't waste your energy correcting them. $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima
    Nov 10, 2020 at 12:42
  • $\begingroup$ @DeltaLima that's the one. Uploaded it a few years ago, but it gained 99.9% of it's views in the last week. Sometimes the YouTube algorithm can be funny. Well, I was wondering if the title was wrong, hence the post. And I'm afraid if I don't correct them, other people might read those comments and get wrong information :-) $\endgroup$
    – Marv
    Nov 10, 2020 at 12:44
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    $\begingroup$ you could consider explaining the 747-8 / -830 detail in the video description. But those that are fast to comment, are probably slow to read! Grüße aus EDDF $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima
    Nov 10, 2020 at 12:52

2 Answers 2


Until 2016 Boeing included customer codes into the aircraft model names. Your example 747-830 decodes as follows:

  • 747: This is the general aircraft series.
  • -8: The 747-8 variant (in this case, a 747-8I, where I is for Intercontinental, the passenger variant).
  • 30: The customer code for Lufthansa or Condor Flugdienst (see e.g. Wikipedia for a list of customer codes).

So this makes it a Boeing 747-8 produced for Lufthansa (Condor does not have one).

The term B748 is the ICAO code for the 747-8.

  • $\begingroup$ Additionally 748 is the IATA code code the 747-8 because IATA is always a letter short. $\endgroup$
    – Martijn
    Nov 10, 2020 at 15:28
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    $\begingroup$ @Martijn I'm not so sure: the Wikipedia table lists 74H and 74N as the IATA codes for the 747-8I and 747-8F respectively. They don't a give a source though... $\endgroup$
    – Bianfable
    Nov 10, 2020 at 15:33

Yes, a Boeing 747-830 exists.

There are a variety of codes for airplanes, one of the most common being the ICAO code. It lists the latest model of the 747 as B748.

However, Boing uses an additional, airline-specific code. The number 30 is given to Lufthansa and Condor, so the 747-8 in Lufthansa layout is the 747-830.


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