German carrier Lufthansa on Tuesday said it is keen on flying super jumbo A-380s in India.

Welcoming the decision to grant national carrier Air India entry into the Star Alliance group, Lufthansa South Asia Director, Wolfgang Will said they were glad that the Aviation Ministry had decided to allow A-380s to fly into India.

``The airline had been seeking to fly A-380s into India for several years and had been requesting access. We are still in the process of evaluating when and where to fly them,’’ he added.

Lufthansa currently operates 46 weekly flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai. On Air India's joining Star Alliance of which the German carrier is one of the founding members, Lufthansa vice president (Asia & Pacific) Steffen Harbarth said: ``We are looking forward to Air India's joining Star Alliance soon, though we can't comment on the timing.’’

Lufthansa officials replied in the negative when asked whether the US Federal Aviation Administration's decision to downgrade India to category II status would affect the code-share agreement that Lufthansa has with various airlines here.

Mr. Will announced introduction of a new business class on its flights to Chennai from March. The new premium economy class would be launched the same month.

Besides India, Mr. Will would also be responsible for overseeing the German airline's commercial activities in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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