First Airbus A380 Arrives in Texas From Lufthansa

lufthansa a380Lufthansa has become the first airline to introduce the Airbus A380 to Texas as part of its daily service between Houston and Frankfurt, which begins today.

The inaugural flight from Frankfurt to Houston hosted a delegation of esteemed customers and Houston-area media, Lufthansa reports. Upon landing, a celebratory water arch and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Mario Diaz, director of the Houston Airport System (HAS); and Juergen Siebenrock, vice president of the Americas at Lufthansa, welcomed the passengers.

Lufthansa’s daily Houston-Frankfurt A380 service will depart Houston at 4:20 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 9:05 a.m. the following day.

“We are extremely excited to introduce our flagship A380aircraft as the very first in the Houston market,” said Juergen Siebenrock, vice president, the Americas for Lufthansa. “I applaud the airport’s management team for their determination to become A380-ready. It demonstrates ourshared commitment to serving the global travel needs of the area’s active business community and discerning leisure traveler, while also embracing the environmental advancements of the A380.”

“This A380 flight is a symbol of Houston’s thriving economy, our commitment to global enterprise, and our investment in infrastructure,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “We worked as a teamwith our stakeholders to ensure all preparations were completed in Terminal D for today’s historic flight by the world’s largest passenger jet. This is another indication of the ongoing strength of Bush Intercontinental Airport.”

Lufthansa’s A380 has 526 seats, a 53 percent capacity increase on this route, as well as the airline’s new First Class.