Lufthansa’s first Dreamliner christened ‘Berlin’ – Airways Magazine

DALLAS – The German capital has a new flying ambassador. Lufthansa’s (LH) first Boeing 787-9, D-ABPA (MSN 62730), was christened at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) on October 17. D-ABPA is the seventh aircraft named “Berlin”.

The first was a Boeing 707 on September 16, 1960. Prior to the 787, LH had an Airbus A380, D-AIMI, named “Berlin”. This aircraft was taken out of service during the pandemic.

The Lufthansa Group is the largest operator of BER, with five group airlines departing from the capital. Lufthansa Group airlines will offer just under a third of all flights from BER this winter. In the summer of 2023, the Lufthansa Group will offer around 40% of all flights departing from BER.

Starting December 1, LH will introduce D-ABPA on the Frankfurt (FRA)-Newark (EWR) service. Until then, the aircraft will operate between FRA and Munich (MUC) three times a day. This service will begin on October 19 and will allow crews to familiarize themselves with the aircraft.

LH was founded in Berlin on January 6, 1926, and was headquartered in the city until 1945. After World War II, LH did not fly to the capital until 1990, as the only planes allowed to land in Berlin were Allied aircraft.

Lufthansa Boeing 787-9 (D-ABPA). Photo: Lufthansa

Airline, comments from municipal authorities

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “The first Dreamliner in our long-haul fleet is called ‘Berlin’ because the company has a long and special relationship with the capital. . Lufthansa has been a strong partner in the German capital since its founding in Berlin in 1926. Since we were allowed to fly back to Berlin in 1990, no other airline has brought more travelers to the region. With the new Boeing 787 “Berlin”, we proudly carry the name of the German capital all over the world.

Franziska Giffey, Mayor of Berlin, said: “Lufthansa and the German capital have a long tradition. The company was founded in Berlin in 1926 and has become one of the world’s leading airlines. Today, the Lufthansa Group connects Berlin to the world. Long-haul flights to and from BER are very important for our economic development.

Featured image: Lufthansa Boeing 787-9 (D-ABPA). Photo: Lufthansa

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