ILA Berlin 2012: Emirates' A380 on display
The Dubai-based airline Emirates took the opportunity offered by the presentation of an Airbus A380 at the ILA to reiterate its desire to introduce flights to Berlin as soon as possible.
Above: One of the highlights of the opening day of the 2012 ILA Berlin Air Show was the arrival of an Emirates A380.
The current aviation agreement between the two countries only provides for flights to four German airports, and consequently the airline would have to relinquish one of its existing destinations, either Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg or Munich.
Instead Emirates is calling for additional landing rights in Berlin and Stuttgart. Thierry Antinori, Vice President Passenger Sales Worldwide, said: “The economic arguments for including flights to the German capital have never been stronger”, said “We are asking the German government to carefully examine our request.
“With the A380 we are operating an aircraft that is partially assembled in Germany and is being deployed around the world to promote outstanding European engineering.
"At the same time we are very proud that our investments, amounting to several billion US dollars, for Airbus aircraft which have either been delivered already or have been ordered, are helping to create new jobs at Airbus and to contribute to the German economy as a whole.“
Above: Emirates A380 pilots in front of the aircraft at the 2012 ILA Berlin Air Show.