Lufthansa’s new flagship touched down for the first time at Berlin’s Tegel Airport on Thursday morning. In anticipation of the historic event, Berlin Airports opened the observation platform at 7:00 am, which is earlier than usual. The event was eagerly anticipated: the wide-bodied Airbus’ flying visit attracted over 1,500 people to Tegel Airport. Arriving from Frankfurt, the Lufthansa A380 landed majestically in Tegel at exactly 8:32 am. The aircraft was welcomed by the airport fire service with water fountains. After a brief taxi along the apron and a photo shoot, the A380 took off again at 10:08 am for Hanover. Lufthansa’s training exercise consists of landings and departures and flight training sessions. After completing a one-month training course in an A380 simulator, the Lufthansa pilots fly training sessions with the airline’s brand new flagship; all pilots wishing to receive a license to fly the new aircraft are required to complete these sessions. Today’s flight training will take the new A380 to Frankfurt, Hanover, Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Cologne/Bonn.
The Lufthansa A380 will be returning to Berlin as early as next Tuesday: the wide-bodied aircraft is expected in Schoenefeld Airport for the opening of the ILA show.