A380 delivery center in HamburgOpening ceremony for Airbus A380 delivery center in Hamburg

4th July - Airbus has opened the second delivery center for the A380. The building in Hamburg is named after Jürgen Thomas.

The 71 year old engineer is one of the A380 "fathers". Emirates will take delivery of its first A380 there in three weeks.

"In a world where flying is taken for granted, there are very few real aviation pioneers, but Jürgen Thomas is definitely one of them. The Wright brothers launched the aeronautics industry and almost a century later Jürgen recaptured that sense of adventure, launching an entirely new concept of flight and industrial co-operation. I'm therefore very honoured to name this building after Jürgen Thomas, the Father of the A380", said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.  
Airbus European and Middle Eastern customers will receive their A380s from this new delivery centre, while deliveries to A380 customers located further away will take place from Toulouse.

Singapore Airlines had received its first A380 in October 2007 from Toulouse.   The today opened delivery centre completes the Toulouse Delivery Centre, which accommodates all aircraft deliveries, and the A320 Family Delivery Centre in Hamburg.

The five-floor building features about 16,000 square meters of which 5.000 square meters are dedicated for delivery activities such as office space and is equipped with a shop-floor area, customer and contract offices as well as freight and luggage areas. Conveniently under one roof, Airbus will be able to perform the entire process of aircraft delivery in one place, from aircraft and cabin inspection up to all legal and administrative processes.

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