Frequencies increased to Beijing and Johannesburg with arrival of new A380.
Lufthansa’s fourth A380 entered scheduled service on 18 November. Named after the Japanese capital Tokyo, the first destination to be served by the Lufthansa flagship, the aircraft’s official naming ceremony will be held in Japan at the beginning of 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of Lufthansa’s first flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo.
The new aircraft was ferried from the Airbus plant in Hamburg-Finkenwerder to Frankfurt on 16 November, as scheduled. Keen to offset the recent news coverage of faulty Rolls-Royce engines in the A380 model, Lufthansa is keen to stress that, to date, the three A380s already in operation have completed more than 1,000 take-offs and landings and clocked up more than 3,600 flight hours between them, proving them to be a reliable aircraft type and popular among Lufthansa customers.
The new delivery of the airline’s fourth A380 means that the airline is now able to operate 10 further flights with an A380, replacing the previous Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 services on these routes. The A380 will operate three flights a week (previously one flight) on the Frankfurt-Beijing route. It will also serve Johannesburg five times a week (previously twice weekly) from Frankfurt. Counting the existing daily A380 service between Frankfurt and Tokyo, the A380 will then take off for its three routes some 30 times a week.