Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra takes off on Lufthansa to Asia and Australia

The 128 world class musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra have chosen Lufthansa German airlines for their concert tour to Asia and Australia.

Lufthansa special flight LH 5010 took off from the runway at Berlin Tegel Airport on Monday 8th November for the longest and most unusual special flight of the year for Lufthansa and the Orchestra. Members of the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle and General Manager Martin Hoffmann will embark on what will be one of their longest and most distant concert tours to date. During the next two-and-a-half weeks a Lufthansa Jumbo Jet Boeing 747 will take the illustrious group to the Gulf Region, to Australia and Singapore.

Already since the 1990s, for its concert tours in Europe and overseas, the Berlin Philharmonic has regularly called upon the services of Lufthansa. The forthcoming autumn tour 2010, thereby, is unusual in several ways: for the first time, the orchestra from Germany’s capital is chartering a wide-bodied jet – a Boeing 747-400 - for a complete overseas con-cert tour; for the first time the members of the Berlin Philharmonic will be presenting them-selves on the 5th continent; and never before have the instruments of the orchestra going on such a journey occupied so much space in the freight hold.
For the Lufthansa crew under Captain Rainer Lange, too, the 18-day special flight assignment for the Berlin Philharmonic is anything but “business as usual”. For several crew members like Purser Peter Jacobus, Sir Simon Rattle and his musicians are already good, old friends; Jacobus will already be providing a perfect cabin service on a Philharmonic concert tour for the eighth time: “You really look forward to it very specially. It’s almost as if you are welcoming your family on board”.

After a total of nine concerts, Lufthansa Flight Captain Rainer Lange and his crew will be bringing the Berlin Philharmonic back home on 25th November.

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