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Fraport welcomes Lufthansa’s latest Airbus A320neo at Frankfurt Airport

Fraport welcomes Lufthansa’s latest Airbus A320neo at Frankfurt Airport ( Deutsche Lufthansa officially launched the world’s first Airbus A320neo aircraft at its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base. Lufthansa is thus deploying the latest aircraft generation – equipped with state-of-the-art technology – from the FRA global hub, offering passengers yet another milestone in quality and travel comfort. With the A320 neo, Lufthansa’s fleet at FRA is supplemented by another “world first” in aviation. Frankfurt Airport already hosts a number of other latest-generation aircraft models, including the Airbus A380 and A350, as well as the Boeing models B787 (Dreamliner), B747-8 and B777.

Lufthansa intends to deploy a total of five new Airbus A320neo aircraft from FRA by the end of 2016. Fraport, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, welcomes Lufthansa’s latest fleet enhancement, since the A320neo is one of the quietest and most energy-efficient aircraft models for short and medium-haul flights. The departure noise footprint of the new aircraft type is almost 50 percent smaller than that of its predecessor, according to aircraft manufacturer Airbus. More interesting facts about the A320neo can be found at:

All new A320neo aircraft will also be equipped with vortex generators on delivery, which have an additional noise-reducing effect. Detailed information on this topic is available at:

Aviation fans already had the opportunity to welcome the new Airbus model on January 22, when the A320neo landed for the first time at Frankfurt Airport. To capture the event, a video was produced, which can be watched at:

Frankfurt Airport has always been a pioneer in welcoming new generations of aircraft. To master the challenges that can be related to the introduction of new aircraft types, Fraport has always been closely cooperating with aircraft manufacturers and airlines. For example: Fraport was actively involved in the launch of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380. From 2005, ground-handling trials and test flights with the A380 were conducted at Frankfurt Airport. In the summer of 2014, Fraport also welcomed the new Airbus A350 XWB on its test flight from Iqualit in the Canadian Arctic to Frankfurt.

Fraport AG – which ranks among the world’s leading companies in the global airport business – offers a full range of integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on four continents. The Fraport Group generated sales of €2.4 billion and profit of about €252 million in 2014. In 2015, some 111 million passengers used airports around the world in which Fraport has more than a 50 percent stake.

At its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base, Fraport welcomed about 60 million passengers and handled more than 2 million metric tons of cargo (airfreight and airmail) in 2015. For the current winter timetable, FRA is served by 88 passenger airlines flying to 247 destinations in 100 countries worldwide. More than half of FRA’s destinations are intercontinental (beyond Europe) – underscoring Frankfurt’s role as a leading hub in the global air transportation system. In Europe, Frankfurt Airport ranks first in terms of cargo tonnage and is the fourth-busiest for passenger traffic. With about 55 percent of all passengers using Frankfurt as a connecting hub, FRA also has the highest transfer rate among the major European hubs.

Frankfurt Airport City has become Germany’s largest job complex at a single location, employing more than 80,000 people at some 500 companies and organizations on site. Major new real estate developments – such as The Squaire, the Gateway Gardens business park, and the Mönchhof Logistics Park – are creating an exciting new dimension and range of services at the evolving Frankfurt Airport City of the 21st century.

Almost half of Germany’s population lives within a 200-kilometer radius of the FRA intermodal travel hub – the largest airport catchment area in Europe. FRA Airport City also serves as a magnet for other companies located throughout the economically vital Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar region. Thanks to synergies associated with the region’s dynamic industries, networked expertise, and outstanding intermodal transportation infrastructure, FRA’s world route network enables Hesse’s and Germany’s export-oriented businesses to flourish in global growth markets.

Frankfurt Airport meets the increasing needs of the export-oriented economies of the State of Hesse as well as Germany as a whole, for optimal connections to growth markets around the globe. Likewise, FRA is a strategic gateway for companies wanting to access the huge European marketplace. Thus, Frankfurt Airport – which is strategically located in the heart of Europe – is one of the most important hubs in the global logistics chain.

MEDIA CONTACT: Fraport AG, Dieter Hulick Telephone: +49 69 690-66249 E-mail: , Press Office, Corp.Communications Internet: , 60547 Frankfurt, Germany Facebook: PRESS RELEASE

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