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Airport Days Hamburg 2015 are about to begin

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Hamburg's aviation family will once again open aprons and hangars for visitors at Airport Days Hamburg 2015 on 22 and 23 August.

"Discover the World of Flight" is the motto of Airport Days Hamburg 2015, being hosted by Hamburg Airport and Lufthansa Technik on 22 and 23 August from 10am to 6pm, with something special for young and old and everyone in between. Whilst Hamburg companies present themselves, their products, and aviation trends in the "Hall of Innovations", visitors can also enjoy being close enough to touch around 100 modern and historical aircraft on the apron. Advanced ticket sales are continuing online. For spontaneous visitors, tickets are available for the same price at the gate. Hamburg Aviation is an official partner of Airport Days Hamburg 2015.

In the "Hall of Innovations", Hamburg companies and institutions offer visitors young and old a range of fascinating insights into modern aviation and the future of flight. Exhibits include a model of the solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, along with Lufthansa Technik's crawling "MORFI" (Mobile Robot for Fuselage Inspection), designed to aid in testing material structure and other inspections on aircraft. There are also an ATC simulator, a mini wind tunnel, a number of flight simulators, and many other opportunities for visitors to interact with the world of aviation. Numerous activities are in place to satisfy even the youngest visitors, including experiment labs, bouncy castles, and even a Bobby-Car course with pilot's license.

Hamburg Aviation is also exhibiting in the "Hall of Innovations". The mobile exhibition initiated by the aviation cluster, "Women boosting aviation", shows that aviation is not just a man's thing. Visitors to the stand will also see a model of a landing system without undercarriage, developed as part of the Airport 2030 research project. The ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research is presenting its Fuel Cell research at the Hamburg Aviation stand with a fuel cell-powered Mercedes.

Dr Franz Josef Kirschfink, Managing Director of Hamburg Aviation, comments, "At Airport Days 2015, visitors have the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at Hamburg's aviation industry and get to know the location and the industry's participants better. Hamburg companies are presenting their ideas, specialities, and current projects to visitors in an interactive way, creating an unmistakeable and unforgettable experience. And then there are the many aircraft for visitors to view on the apron."

Another highlight in the Innovations Hangar is the Social Media Lounge, where access is only available for people who post a photo with the #AirportDays2015 hashtag to a social network. Access comes with a free drink, free wifi, charging stations for mobile phones, and seating areas to relax whilst the highlights of Airport Days Hamburg are displayed on large screens.

On the aprons, visitors to Airport Days Hamburg 2015 can experience more than 100 modern and historical aircraft from nine different countries up close. Amongst the aircraft on display are an Airbus A300-600ST "Beluga", used to transport whole aircraft sections between different Airbus sites, and the new Eurowings Airbus A330-220, currently being fitted with a new cabin at Lufthansa Technik and being presented to the public for the first time here. Then of course there is the Junkers Ju 52, known affectionately as "Iron Annie", which regularly tours the skies over Hamburg. At Airport Days, it will be officially listed as a "protected movable monument", the first historic airliner to be approved for commercial flight operations. The aircraft will arrive and take their places during the official fly-in the day before Airport Days. Parts of this pre-event will be streamed by Hamburg Airport on Periscope.

Advance ticket sales for Airport Days Hamburg continue until the show. Visitors can order tickets online at www.ndrticketshop.de or purchase them directly at the NDR ticket office in the Levantehaus building on Mönckebergstrasse. The tickets are flexible: visitors can decide spontaneously whether they want to visit Airport Days on the Saturday or the Sunday. Tickets are also available for spontaneous visitors at the gate for the same price.

Hamburg Airport and Lufthansa Technik are opening their gates for visitors to Airport Days Hamburg from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, 22 August and Sunday, 23 August.

For more information, visit www.airport-days.de.