By Charlotte Seet
The first Lufthansa Dreamliner to bear the name of the German capital
For more than 60 years, Lufthansa has a tradition of naming its planes after German cities, but only less than a handful have had the privilege of being named after the German capital, Berlin.
In addition to being the German capital, Lufthansa and Berlin have a long and special relationship as they have flown to Berlin for more than three decades.
Currently, the Lufthansa Group connects the German capital to around 260 destinations around the world, which means that no other airline group carries as many Berliners around the world as the Lufthansa Group.
The prestigious name of “Berlin” began with the airline’s first Boeing 707 registered as D-ABOC, having been named after the German capital “Berlin” in the 1960s and 1970s, the only recent addition. bearing the name of an Airbus A380 registered D-AIMI.
However, as the A380s do not appear to be returning to service, the Frankfurt-based carrier knew it was time for a new aircraft to bear the historic name.
And as such, Lufthansa has revealed that its very first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, registered D-ABPA, will be called “Berlin”.
Highly efficient, the ultramodern long-haul aircraft consumes an average of only 2.5 liters of kerosene per passenger and 100 kilometers flown, about 30% less than older-generation aircraft.
In addition, the Dreamliner’s carbon dioxide emissions are also significantly improved, which is working for Lufthansa as it moves towards a more efficient aircraft fleet after recently signing leases for four new Airbus A350-900s.
However, the current pause on widebody deliveries means uncertainty as to exactly what part of next year Lufthansa might be able to receive its planes.
Thus, the “Berlin” baptism ceremony can only take place after the aircraft has been delivered.
Looking back, as the first of five Dreamliners ordered by Lufthansa, “Berlin” should have Toronto as its first intercontinental destination, departing from Frankfurt.
Currently, the airline uses its Airbus A350 for the Frankfurt-Toronto route and it is likely that the Dreamliners will be used as successors so that the equally efficient A350s can be used on other routes.
The pandemic has left a number of big question marks for the aviation industry, but it sure looks like things are starting to turn around at a positive pace.
Seeing a continued increase in demand for leisure destinations, Lufthansa has added more flights from its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.
In particular, Spain was seen as an extremely popular destination choice and the German carrier offered additional flights to Palma de Mallorca, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Malaga, as well as other European cities.
In addition, the demand for business travel has also increased, allowing Lufthansa to expand its domestic flights to cater for business travelers.
In comparison between July and October, the airline has already extended its services in October by up to 45% on routes from Frankfurt to Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and from Munich to Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf.
With the expansion underway within the fleet as well as the airline’s route network, it looks like new additions to the fleet would have an array of destinations to fly to when delivered.