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Lufthansa receives first A380 superjumbo

DDP/DPA/The Local · 19 May 2010, 10:45

Published: 19 May 2010 10:45 GMT+02:00

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The massive double-decker plane was to leave the Airbus factory in Hamburg and fly to Lufthansa’s main hub in Frankfurt am Main. There it will be christened with the city’s name by Mayor Petra Roth.

The A380 will replace the Boeing 747-400 as Lufthansa’s flagship in June, when the airline will start regular service from Frankfurt to Japan. Routes to Johannesburg and Beijing will also feature the new big bird once Airbus delivers another three aircraft.

Lufthansa’s version of the A380 will have a capacity for 526 passengers, 420 in economy on the lower deck, as well as 98 business and eight first class seats on the upper deck.


The German airline has decided not to install a shower or cocktail bar in its A380s like a few of its competitors, opting instead for elegant design and attention to detail. Whereas economy passengers will have a bit more legroom and more ergonomic seating, first class travellers will be pampered with a seat that transforms into a two-metre long bed.

“We’ve been told by our guests that they sleep better onboard than in a hotel,” said Lufthansa product manager Christian Körfgen, referring to test flights. “The crew has often had to wake guests up for landing.”

A roundtrip first class ticket offering this luxury will, of course, have its price – up to €12,000 – but passengers willing to pay it will receive Lufthansa pyjamas.

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“That’s not any more expensive than before,” said Lufthansa spokesman Michael Lamberty.

But the superjumbo’s first passengers won’t have to pay anything – before Lufthansa’s new A380 heads off to Japan it will take the German national football team to the World Cup in South Africa on June 6.

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11:24 May 19, 2010 by Joshontour
I saw this plane in production on my tour of the airbus factory in Hamburg. It is ten times bigger in person than I could have even imagined. My Golf could easily fit in one of the power plants. An absolute beast; beyond reason how it could even fly.
15:58 May 19, 2010 by Frenemy
And now we just need to figure out how to retro-fit one of these things with an AEW/surveillance package (considering the liberties [ISR tech modifications] China has been taking with Boeing's 737, one would be naive to think EADS is not thinking along similar lines)

...but what to do with all the free floor space?! (you could fit a couple Cray supercomputers on this behemoth)
20:53 May 19, 2010 by Henckel
@ Frenemy: It would also make an excellent mobile command post, either for

a theatre commander or a commander-in-chief, or perhaps as a National Emergency Command Post (NECP). (In the event of a nuclear war, the US had plans until 1970 for use of a naval vessel as a National Emergency Command Post Afloat or NECPA.) I'm reminded of the use of specially outfitted aircraft by Hitler, Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, and specially outfitted railway trains by Hitler, Himmler and Goering.
21:12 May 19, 2010 by Mr Goodmorning
"economy passengers will have a bit more legroom and more ergonomic seating"

That's good. The last I flew Lufthansa, from Boston to Frankfurt and back in late 2006, it seemed like they tried to cram as many seats as possible into those planes (A340-300 there and 747-400 back), not to mention the IFE was sorely lacking, all they had were drop down screens every few rows with no choice of what to watch (other than that, the service was quite good).
21:21 May 19, 2010 by Frenemy

Most definitely.

But as for those American NECPA plans, they weren't as robust as their Soviet equivalents (even if Aldrich Ames hadn't have compromised all of those continuity of government protocols anyway...)
16:31 May 20, 2010 by Henckel
@ Frenemy: Yes, any American hopes/plans for surviving a nuclear war would have had to have been a triumph of hope over experience.
17:19 May 20, 2010 by Frenemy
interesting choice of words. "hope over experience", eh?

well... the US has a knack for that (eg- how do you think they won WWII?!)

18:31 May 20, 2010 by Hebbellover
Good luck with the aircraft!
19:50 May 20, 2010 by Frenemy
"Good luck with the aircraft" ?

I'm relatively certain that those were Werner von Braun's exact words to his OSS handlers prior to his potential appearance in Nuremburg...

haha ;-)
07:49 May 25, 2010 by dr.makni49
Taking German team to South Africa in, may be, inaugral flight for the giant is fine but split the team into at least 4/5 groups on different days flight. Inaugral flight are generally ominous. Apply VIP safety measures for the national team.

I flew in BA Boeing from Heathrow to Washington in 2000 and also Lufthansa

Air Bus of current model from Lahore to Frankfurt and back in 2008, I found the bus a bit sluggish and cramped.

Frenemy leave the past well behind. Nuremburg is only a tiny dot on the planet.

Happy Hamburg Big Bus(Boss).
08:23 May 25, 2010 by Frenemy
@dr.makini49: in order to know where you're going you have to know your past.

fyi: nuremburg was a geopolitical PR stunt, nothing more...
06:53 May 28, 2010 by dr.makni49
That is right. I hope you take your German colleagues along about the STUNT.
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