Lufthansa’s newly designed Airbus A380 yesterday (12 December) landed in Germany for the first time – marking the festive end of the anniversary year of the crane’s 100th birthday.
The Airbus, named ‘Tokyo’, was welcomed to Munich Airport after flying in from Guangzhou, China, where it has been repainted over the past three and a half weeks.
The A380 then took-off for its first commercial flight to Miami in the afternoon.
Lufthansa Munich hub chief executive officer, Wilken Bormann said: “We are delighted to be the first to present the Lufthansa flagship in its new premium design to our Munich customers. The A380 offers a unique travel experience and maximum comfort in four classes. It is a perfect match for our 10-star premium hub in Munich.”
The Airbus with the identification code D-AIMD is based at the Lufthansa Hub in Munich. The aircraft is one of a total of five Airbus A380s based in the Bavarian capital for the first time this year. The A380 is also one of the first 30 Lufthansa aircraft to fly in the new design this year.
Since the introduction of the new brand design until the end of the year, 30 aircraft have been painted in the new design, over 50 gates have been redesigned at the Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich and more than 200 in-flight service items have been exchanged.
By the end of 2019, over 50 per cent of the work on the Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich will have been completed and over a quarter of the fleet will be flying in the new design. In 2021, 80 per cent of the new brand design will be visible along the entire travel chain. The last aircraft repainting is scheduled for 2025.