LH flights ex Frankfurt to New York, Hong Kong, Washington and Munich
The Airbus A380 will demonstrate its quality and operational maturity under realistic conditions for the first time on a number of scheduled flights at the end of March 2007. As innovation partners, Lufthansa and Airbus will be subjecting the megaliner, certified last December, to over a week of practical testing as part of its so-called Commercial Route Proving. A real premiere en-route is the first landing of the A380 in the USA.
On Saturday, 17 March, the super jumbo, serial number 007, will arrive in Frankfurt from Toulouse and take off with a first contingent of about 500 guests on board from Frankfurt for New York on the following Monday. Up to Wednesday, 28 March, further stops on its flight plan will be Hong Kong and Washington. At the close of its route-proving, the A380 will also make a stopover in Munich.
With this progamme, Lufthansa is the first and exclusive Airbus route-proving partner. “We are delighted at being alongside Airbus and supporting with our know-how and experience both the development and practice-proving exercise of this new aircraft type. The Airbus A380 as the new Lufthansa flagship will set new standards in economy and ecological efficiency”, said Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
On board the Airbus A380 will be mostly Lufthansa and Airbus employees, whose job is to test the in-flight systems and equipment – from the air conditioning, the lighting, and acoustics, through to the galleys and new-generation in-flight entertainment systems. The flight deck will be manned by both Airbus test pilots and experienced Lufthansa pilots, while cabin service will be in the hands of Lufthansa flight attendants.
At its central hub in Frankfurt, Lufthansa will take the opportunity to rigorously test the entire ground infrastructure for the A380. The airline intends, for example, to match the turnaround time of the new aircraft from landing to take-off with that of the much smaller long-haul jets already in operation.
Lufthansa was also the Airbus manufacturer’s exclusive partner in the previous test and development phases of the A380, such as the crucial evacuation test at the end of March last year as well as the new jet’s Early Long Flights (ELF) in September 2006. The airline was also involved in the long-haul programme leading to certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the American FAA in December.
In total Lufthansa has placed orders for 15 of this new wide-bodied aircraft and has thus placed the largest order of any European airline. Lufthansa expects delivery of its first Airbus A380 in summer 2009.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
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