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British Airways temporarily flies its First Airbus A380 on the London-Frankfurt Route

British Airways temporarily flies its First Airbus A380 on the London-Frankfurt Route (Forimmediaterelease.net) An Airbus A380 with the blue-red-white tail fin of British Airways (BA) landed at Frankfurt airport (FRA) last Friday. The reason being, British Airways is launching this aircraft type into its long-haul route network. It is the first of twelve A380 aircraft to be delivered to BA. “I am very happy to welcome passengers on the Frankfurt-London route flying on our brand new A 380 aircraft. The implementation and handling is running according to plan and we thank Frankfurt Airport for this,” says Katja Selle, Regional Commercial Manager, Central and East Europe, British Airways. The airline is flying this short-haul route, Heathrow-Frankfurt, for a limited period of time.

"The fact that British Airways flies the A380 to Frankfurt shows that we have a good reputation as a reliable partner for airlines. With timely investments in our infrastructure, we have successfully laid the foundation for the operation of the A380 in Frankfurt and strengthened our position as a major hub airport", says Peter Schmitz, Chief Operations Officer of Fraport AG.

In 2005 Frankfurt was the first airport worldwide to be “A380 compatible.” It was not only that the first landing of the A380 prototype at a civilian airport was conducted here - but the licensing for ground handling and evacuation of the largest aircraft worldwide also took place at FRA.

British Airways is the fifth airline to operate an A380 into Frankfurt Airport, after Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air and Thai Airways. The airline is a long-standing customer of Frankfurt Airport. It commenced service back in 1938 under the banner of Imperial Airways.

MEDIA CONTACT: Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, Robert A. Payne, B.A.A. – International Spokesman and Head of International Press/PR & External Activities Team, Press Office (UKM-PS), Corporate Communications, 60547 Frankfurt, Germany; Tel.: +49 69.690.78547; E-mail: r.payne@fraport.de ; Internet: www.fraport.com

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