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Jun 28 2011 12:19 James-Brent Styan

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Johannesburg - In a festive ceremony here at OR Tambo International Airport, a Lufthansa Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger plane, was named Johannesburg by councillor Parks Tau, the executive mayor of the city of Johannesburg.

Tau, assisted by Captain Jürgen Raps and Kay Kratky - member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board responsible for the airline's Frankfurt and flight operations division - unveiled the name at the airport on Tuesday.

Following the naming ceremony, the aircraft will depart for a scenic flight to the Western Cape, where it will perform a low overflight of Cape Town and Table Mountain.

This is only the fifth German plane to be named after a city that is not in Germany, and Johannesburg is the first city in Africa to receive this honour. The aircraft will also be carrying the coat of arms of the city on its fuselage.

"Our A380 bears the name of Johannesburg as a symbol of friendship between Germany and South Africa. It will travel the world as an ambassador for intercultural understanding, bridging continents and connecting people," said Kratky.

"We would also like to use this opportunity to express our gratitude towards our customers and partners in South Africa. Without their loyalty and support we would not be here today," he said.

Johannesburg became Lufthansa's third A380 destination in September 2010, right after Tokyo and Beijing.

"Customers travelling to and from South Africa have been experiencing our new A380 on the Johannesburg-Frankfurt service for over nine months and the feedback we receive is very positive", said Axel Simon, Lufthansa's director for southern Africa.

"I am delighted that we can serve a South African destination with our flagship, building on the foundation we laid almost 50 years ago with our first flight to Johannesburg in 1962," he said.

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