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Lufthansa says goodbye to its very first Airbus A320

Hamburg, Germany - German flag carrier Lufthansa says goodbye to its very first Airbus A320 after 30 years of service.

The aircraft, with registration D-AIPA, passed its entire service years with the German airline operator and made a special farewell flight over the Airbus factory in Hamburg.

Lufthansa was one of the first customers for the Airbus A320 and received the first copy (D-AIPA) on October 16, 1989. The aircraft was deployed on European routes since then and achieved a remarkable milestone with 85,000 flight hours.

With a low pass over the Airbus's Hamburg factory, where it was once built, the first Airbus A320 of Lufthansa marked the end of its career.

The aircraft will soon be sent to Sofia, where it will be demolished by Lufthansa Technik.

Lufthansa is one of the largest operators of the Airbus's A320 family jets. The current fleet includes more than 180 A319, A320, A321, A320neo, and A321neo jets.