The flight, with a special flight number LH2014, is a brand new Boeing 747-8, the “Queen of the Skies”, which is the longest aircraft in civil aviation history.
The aircraft, with the prefix D-ABYI and bearing the Fanhansa logo, just recently left the Boeing production plant in Seattle.
It is the 1,500th Boeing 747 ever built by the US manufacturer.
Fanhansa flight from Rio to Berlin
The flight is for the German soccer team and its entourage exclusively, with 23 flight attendants to ensure the trip is as comfortable as possible for the champions. Certainly, this Fanhansa flight is well stocked with German bier and schnapps for the grown-ups and apfelsaft for the kids.
The German team is departing from Galeao International Airport in Rio de Janeiro for the overnight flight to Berlin landing around 9 AM Tuesday local time.
Also certainly, they’ll be getting a police escort downtown, where hundreds of thousands of fans will be waiting at the famous “Brandenburger Tor” (Brandenburg Gate) in the city center.
It will be one of the biggest celebrations Berlin has seen since the celebration of Germany’s unity in 1990, and comes just when Germany is gearing up to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago this fall.
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