Lufthansa to receive 4th Airbus A380

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Lufthansa’s fourth A380 (registration D-AIMD, “Mike Delta”) will be ferried from the Airbus plant in Hamburg-Finkenwerder to Frankfurt this evening, as scheduled. The aircraft has been named after the Japanese capital, Tokyo, the first destination to be served by the Lufthansa flagship. The official naming ceremony for the aircraft will be held in Japan at the beginning of
2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of Lufthansa┬╣s first flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo.

The latest A380 to join the Lufthansa fleet is due to enter scheduled service on November 18, 2010. To date, the three A380s already in operation, which have completed more than 1,000 take-offs and landings and clocked up more than 3,600 flight hours, have proved to be a reliable aircraft type and popular among Lufthansa customers.

Today’s delivery of the airline’s fourth A380 means that from November 18 – as planned – Lufthansa will be able to operate ten further flights with an A380, replacing the previous Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 services on these routes. In the future, the A380 will operate three flights a week (previously one flight) on the Frankfurt-Beijing route. Furthermore it will serve Johannesburg five times a week (previously twice weekly) from Frankfurt.

Counting the existing daily A380 service between Frankfurt and Tokyo, the A380 – Lufthansa’s largest passenger aircraft – will then take off for its three routes some 30 times a week.

The current Lufthansa A380 flight schedule:

FRANKFURT – BEIJING/CHINA

A380 schedule (from November 18, 2010)
(all times are local times; winter time)

LH 720 Frankfurt 1720hrs – Beijing 0830 hrs (following day)
A380 flights operate on Tues (new), Wed, Sat (new) Boeing 747-400 flights operate on Mondays, Thursday, Fridays and Sundays

LH 721 Beijing 1030 hrs – Frankfurt 1430 hrs
A380 flights operate on Wed (new), Thur, Sun (new) Boeing 747-400 flights operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

FRANKFURT – JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA

A380 schedule (from November 18, 2010)
(all times are local times; winter time)

LH 572 Frankfurt 2235 hrs – Johannesburg 0850 hrs (following day)
A380 flights operate on Mon (new), Wed (new), Thur, Sat (new), Sun Airbus A340-600 flights operate on Tuesdays and Fridays

LH 573 Johannesburg 1855 hrs – Frankfurt 0520 hrs (following day)
A380 flights operate on Mon, Tues (new), Thur (new), Fri, Sun (new) Airbus A340-600 flights operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays

FRANKFURT – TOKYO/JAPAN

A380 schedule (unchanged)
(all times are local times; winter time)

LH 572 Frankfurt 1335 hrs – Tokyo-Narita 0730 hrs (following day)
A380 flights operate daily

LH 573 Tokyo-Narita 0935 hrs – Frankfurt 1415 hrs
A380 flights operate daily