Lufthansa announced (01-Aug-2012) it commenced A380-operated Frankfurt-Houston service on 01-Aug-2012. The introduction of the 526-seat A380 aircraft on the service was welcomed by Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Lufthansa vice president The Americas Juergen Siebenrock said, "We are extremely excited to introduce our flagship A380 aircraft as the very first in the Houston market." [more - original PR]
Lufthansa commences A380 Frankfurt-Houston operations on 01-Aug-2012
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