Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz christened a Lufthansa’s Airbus 380 and named it “Hamburg” during a ceremony at Hamburg Airport. “This A380 will be an excellent ambassador of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg, also because it highlights Hamburg’s role as one of the world’s largest aviation centres,” said Scholz in his baptism speech.
“Each aircraft is an ambassador”
The largest aircraft in the history of civil aviation so far touched down as a special flight from Frankfurt around 1 p.m. on the grounds of Hamburg Airport at Fuhlsbüttel. After the official christening, the aircraft took off for a one-hour sightseeing flight over Hamburg and its coastal regions. Among the 300 guests aboard the aircraft were 50 pupils from the Fritz Schumacher school at Hamburg-Langenhorn.
Scholz was pleased by the decision of Deutsche Lufthansa to name one aircraft of the A380s delivered from Hamburg-Finkenwerder after its home town Hamburg. “ Each aircraft of this type, which takes off from here to distant lands, is an ambassador of our highly innovative and economically dynamic Hanseatic city”. According the Scholz, Hamburg enjoys a very special relationship with the Airbus A380. “The A380 has been co-developed in Hamburg, the cabin is fitted here, delivery to the Airbus customers from Europe and the Middle East take place here, and Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg services the A380 fleet of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.”
The world’s number three in civil aviation
“Around 40,000 people work for the anchor companies Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, and Hamburg Airport and some 300, mostly medium-sized suppliers in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. There are four universities and two DLR institutes with aviation expertise,” Scholz continued. Hamburg is thus the third largest centre of civil aviation worldwide.
source: Hamburg Senate, press department, phone +49 40 428 31 – 21 83