Wiesbaden has a new flying ambassador. The fifth Boeing 787-9 in the Lufthansa fleet, with the registration D-ABPB, was named today at Frankfurt Airport by Hesse’s Prime Minister Boris Rhein in the name of the state capital.
Since 22 May it has been in service to destinations in Canada and the USA. Its first destination with passengers on board was Dallas in Texas.
The D-ABPB is the fifth aircraft in total to carry the name “Wiesbaden” around the world.
Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “The Boeing 787-9 sets standards in sustainability and comfort.
“It is one of the quietest and most economical long-haul aircraft in our fleet and offers all customers a premium flying experience.
“With these qualities, it is a perfect fit for Wiesbaden, the capital of the state of Hesse, whose name it will carry around the world as an international ambassador.”
Boris Rhein, Minister President of the State of Hesse, said: “Lufthansa is one of the largest and most important employers in our state.
“The airline is a guarantee of prosperity for Hesse. By deploying the new aircraft, Lufthansa is not only helping to secure the region’s outstanding location factor, it is also committed to sustainable travel.
“With the name ‘Wiesbaden’, this aircraft will become an ambassador for the capital of Hesse and the state of Hesse.
“I wish the aircraft, its passengers and crew a good flight at all times.”
Gert-Uwe Mende, Lord Mayor of the state capital Wiesbaden, said: “Lufthansa is once again giving wings to the state capital Wiesbaden – we are very pleased about that.
“The new aircraft carries the name of Wiesbaden out into the world.
“Many passengers and crew members will hopefully experience the new aircraft as a safe, comfortable and efficient means of transport, technically up to date.
“I wish the new aircraft always an unscathed return and always a bit of Wiesbaden lifestyle at every flight altitude and on the way to every destination.”
The “Papa Bravo” was already transferred from its production facility in Everett in the USA to Germany on 31 March.
Since then, the Dreamliner was initially operated up to three times a day between Frankfurt and Munich.