MOSCOW, March 23 (Itar-Tass) —— The world’s biggest passenger jetliner, an Airbus A380 of Lufthansa, arrived in the Moscow Vnukovo Airport on Friday to mark the 40th anniversary of Lufthansa operation in Russia. It will spend less than one day in Moscow.
Previously the jumbo jet has visited Moscow only once, in October 2009.
Seven airlines are operating 71 A380 jetliners at present. The plane is capable of carrying 525 passengers to the distance of 15,200 kilometers.
Aeroflot-Russian Airlines and Transaero have declared their intentions to buy A380. Transaero said it would build a hangar in Vnukovo for servicing the jets.
Lufthansa begins two daily flights to Frankfurt from Vnukovo on March 25. Flights to another Moscow airport, Domodedovo, will also continue. Starting from June Lufthansa will fly from Vnukovo to Berlin. The total number of flights from Moscow to Germany will increase to 100 per week.
The airline will fly from St. Petersburg to Hamburg twice a week starting from March 2013.
Lufthansa is the biggest foreign passenger transporter on the Russian market. It makes over 200 weekly flights to Russia and CIS member states. The first flight from Germany to Moscow was performed in 1972.