German carrier Lufthansa is to give one million Miles and More miles to the person who comes up with the best nickname for its Airbus A380 aircraft, due to go into service later this year.
The airline has now painted its first two A380 superjumbos in Lufthansa liveries (see pictures below), officially naming them Frankfurt Am Main and Munchen. But the carrier is looking for a “catchy nickname” for its A380 aircraft in general, and is giving away one million frequent flyer miles to the winning suggestion.
“When the Boeing 747 entered into service at the end of the 1960’s, it was quickly named the Jumbo Jet,” says the carrier on its dedicated website at lufthansa.com/a380. “Leave your mark on the future history of aviation by suggesting a unique name for the LH A380, the world’s biggest and most modern passenger jet. The winner faces the glittering prospect of an entry in the history books, and a staggering 1,000,000 Miles and More miles – enough to fly around the world twice in first class, for example!”
The exact delivery dates and first flight of Lufthansa’s A380 have not yet been officially released, although German aviation website aero.de recently reported that the first aircraft would be delivered on May 10, before operating crew training flights over a three-week period, and then transporting the German football team between Frankfurt and Johannesburg on June 6 for its first international flight.
The first scheduled route has also not yet been confirmed, but rumours persist that it will be Frankfurt-New York JFK. For now Lufthansa says that the superjumbo will operate “mainly on routes to Asia and North America”.
For more information visit lufthansa.com/a380.
Report by Mark Caswell