I just read that LH will be allowed to build a specific A380 hangar in FRA as of autumn 2005.
Click here to see the article, sorry it's in German: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,362686,00.html
It basically says that the tribunal in Kassel decided against the BUND (a German organisation that is trying to protect the environment) and the local villages.
These guys were against the construction, as it is supposed to happen on 13,5ha of protected(!!) forest.
The only thing they achieved was that LH will need to build noise reduction walls around the hangar.
Let's not forget that this thing is supposed to be 350m long, 140m wide and 35m high. It can hold 4 A380's or 6 747's.
Apparently, the BUND had suggested/questioned why the hangar could not be built on the existing FRA land or on the former US Air Force site on the other side of the runways.
I actually have to agree with them. I mean, I love planes like all of you.
I also see the economic interest of Lufthansa Technik, etc, etc.
But if this forest is protected by law, then how come things can just be changed for the "greater good" when needed! Quite annoying but I guess it's a relief for LH to know they can actually maintain the monster once they get at the end of 2007.
Bye for now