Lufthansa's next A380 to be named 'Berlin'

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Lufthansa's ninth Airbus A380 is to be named 'Berlin', it has emerged, while a road at the German capital's new hub will be named after the captain shot during the 1977 hijacking of the Lufthansa Boeing 737 'Landshut'.

The German carrier is due to add two aircraft to its existing fleet of eight A380s this year.

The first one, 'Berlin', will be delivered shortly ahead of a naming ceremony on May 22, while the second is due to join the fleet in the summer, according to Lufthansa.

The carrier's last aircraft to carry the city's name was a 747-400 (registration D-ABVA). Delivered on 23 May 1989, it was the first 747-400 to enter Lufthana's fleet, as well as being the first to be retired, in January 2011.

A road leading up to the passenger terminal of the new Berlin Brandenburg International airport is also to be named after Jürgen Schumann, captain of the 737 'Landshut', which was hijacked on a flight from Palma de Mallorca to Frankfurt on 13 October 1977.

Schumann was shot by the hijackers three days later during an intermediate stop in Aden, Yemen.