“We are extremely happy about the visit. Our airport can handle airplanes of this size, and this is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that,” said Kerstin Lindberg Göransson, Airport Director at Stockholm-Arlanda, in a statement ahead of the Lufthansa aircraft’s arrival at 11.15 am.
The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest and most modern passenger plane and has quickly become dubbed the Superjumbo.
The A380 has 526 seats and offers an entirely new first class cabin with eight generously proportioned seats on the upper deck. The upper deck is completed with 98 business class seats.
The aircraft also boasts modern environmental standards, with a fuel consumption of 3 litres per 100 kilometres per passenger.
German airline Lufthansa was equally enamoured to arrive at Sweden’s Arlanda, an airport which is a regular feature on the airline’s route plan, with 13 landings daily.
“Scandinavia is one of the most important markets in the world for Lufthansa. To bring our flagship over today is also a way of saying ‘thank you’ to Sweden for hosting us for more than 40 years,” said Harro Julius Petersen, Lufthansa’s General Manager for Scandinavia, on Wednesday.
The Swedish connection to the A380 does not end there however, with innovations including a cabin humidification system, incorporating in the aircraft’s air comfort system.
Lufthansa plans to have added a total of fifteen A380 aircraft to its fleet by 2015, all be based out its German hubs.
Stockholm-Arlanda airport is Sweden largest airport and an important hub for the Scandinavian region.