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Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India

January 27, 2014 16:06 IST

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After several years of demands by some major foreign carriers, the civil aviation ministry on Monday approved the operations of Airbus A-380s in India at four airports currently equipped to handle these super jumbos.

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The restrictions on the fully double-decker planes were lifted after weeks of consultation between Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Air India and Airports Authority of India.

An A-380 can seat 850 passengers in an all-economy configuration, but those having a three-class configuration can accommodate between 550-600 passengers.

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The operations of the A-380s would be subject to overall traffic entitlements within the bilateral Air Service Agreements (ASAs) with different countries, an official spokesperson said.

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Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Lufthansa have been pressing the government for several years to allow them fly these super jumbos into India.

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Image: A crew member of Singapore Airlines A380 is preparing the cabin for passengers to experience ultimate comfort.
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The A-380s would now be allowed to airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, which are equipped to handle them and have the required infrastructure.

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Image: A380 cabin allows space for social areas.
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It has also been decided that wherever the entitlements were not expressed in terms of seats per week, these would be rationalised and converted into seats per week before allowing A-380 operations to India from these countries.

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Image: The A380 cabin, with stair case at foreground.
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This exercise would be carried through mutual negotiations between India and other countries through Memorandums of Understanding, the spokesperson said.

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Image: A passenger enjoying the comfort of Emirates A380 cabin.
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The ASAs, which specifically prohibit A-380 operations to India, would be amended before the operations of these airplanes from any country are allowed.

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Image: A380 cabin, first class compartments.
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All the four airports would also have to get DGCA certification and make adequate preparation in terms of various services required, he added.

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Image: A view of a social area and stair case on board the A380.
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Nine of the 10 international airlines that currently fly the A-380s have scheduled flights into India. There are over 110 A-380s currently flying worldwide.


Image: Flat bed on board Qantas A380.
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