“The entire amount of euro banknotes for Lithuania – some 132 million banknotes weighing 114 tons – have been safely delivered to the vaults of the Bank of Lithuania,” the central bank said in a press release.
“Historically, this is the largest shipment of cash to Lithuania. The operation was completed safely and successfully,” Vitas Vasiliauskas, the central bank’s governor, said.
“The euro banknotes are already being distributed from the Bank of Lithuania’s vaults in Vilnius and Kaunas to commercial banks, from where they will continue their journey to trade and service enterprises,” he said.
According to the flight tracking website FlightRadar24, Lufthansa’s cargo jet McDonnell Douglas MD-11F landed in Vilnius Airport at around 2:30 PM on Wednesday.
The Bank of Lithuania borrowed 132 million individual banknotes from the German central bank, Bundesbank, as the country prepares to adopt the euro on 1 January 2015.