The landing of a British Airways aircraft at Frankfurt am Main airport is nothing special, but on Monday the IAG group member used an Airbus A380-800 with the G-XLEF.
Coming from London Heathrow, the superjumbo landed as BA 902 shortly after 10:00 a.m. at Germany's largest airport. As BA 903 it went back to the capital of the United Kingdom. It was one of the first British Airways A380 rotations since the beginning of the corona pandemic.
The IAG subsidiary will be flying this type of aircraft frequently in the European network over the next few weeks. The background is that you want to bring it back to long-haul flights and also use the short flights to train pilots. The last time they flew regularly with the superjumbos was in March 2020.
In contrast to its competitor Lufthansa, whose CEO Carsten Spohr believes the re-use to be unlikely, British Airways acknowledged the comeback of the A380 fleet very early on. Now the time has come, the G-XLEF is back in the air and paid a visit to Frankfurt Airport as part of a regular scheduled flight.
British Airways previously operated numerous technical flights from Shannon. The pilots were also trained, because many had not sat in a real Airbus A380 cockpit for a long time. On November 2, 2021, this superjumbo was transferred from Ireland to London Heathrow and was used commercially in liner service on the Frankfurt circuit on Monday.