Wolfgang Mayrhuber welcomes the Airbus A380

23 Mrz 2007 [08:06h]     Bookmark and Share

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Flight LH 8945 lands punctually in Frankfurt on its return from its first flight to America

Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 returned safely from its first intercontinental flights with passengers, landing punctually at Frankfurt this morning. Flight LH 8945 touched down as scheduled at 10.28 hrs on Runway 25R. Aboard the flight from New York were 429 passengers, 23 flight attendants and four captains. The take-off weight of the wide-bodied aircraft on its flight to America was 444 tonnes. On Monday the A380 landed on US soil for the first time as part of the route-proving exercise being conducted jointly by Lufthansa and Airbus.

Lufthansa CEO and Chairman Wolfgang Mayrhuber was at Frankfurt to greet the A380 crew. “We are very proud that the first A380 flight to the US was a Lufthansa flight. In a reference to Lufthansa’s pioneering achievement 79 years ago, when it completed the world’s first east-west crossing of the North Atlantic against the jet stream, he added: “With the A380’s first flight to the USA we are continuing our tradition – and we are again writing aviation history.”

Commenting on the extensive practical tests on the A380, which have all been very successful, Mayrhuber added: “We will now continue working on perfecting the operational procedures for the A380 on the ground and in the air. When Lufthansa puts its new flagship aircraft into scheduled service we want our customers to be able to enjoy an outstanding flight experience where everything runs smoothly, right down to the last detail.” The

Lufthansa CEO and Chairman was not alone in his glowing praise for the new wide-bodied jet. “The A380 is an impressive aircraft. In the US we received a really euphoric reception,” said Captain Carl Sigel, Executive VP Operations, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, after the landing in Frankfurt. The route-proving programme will continue this week when the A380 takes off for Hong Kong on Friday 23 March, followed by a flight to Washington on Sunday 25 March. The route-proving programme will end with the return flight of the A380 with the serial number MSN 007 to Toulouse via Munich on Wednesday 28 March.
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