Lufthansa has obtained traffic rights to operate its A380 superjumbo on a daily basis between Frankfurt and Beijing from from April 10.
The German carrier currently serves Beijing with the A380 three-times weekly (departing Frankfurt on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday), with the other days being operated by Boeing 747 aircraft.
But from April 10 Lufthansa will increase this to a daily A380 service, stating that “Traffic rights have been secured with the support of Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development up to 29 October 2011”.
German website airliners.de reports that the reasons for the previous limit included fire department regulations and a lack of appropriate de-icing equipment for the A380 aircraft at Beijing airport.
The news will be of interest not only to travellers based in Germany, but also those connecting via other European services at Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub.
For more information on the carrier’s A380 aircraft and configuration, along with those of other A380 operators, click here.
Report by Mark Caswell