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Airbus A380 to debut in India on May 30

Last updated on: May 07, 2014 14:48 IST

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The first Airbus A-380 planes would start flying in and out of India from May 30 with the Singapore Airlines (SIA) today becoming the first carrier to introduce daily superjumbo flights from Delhi and Mumbai. 

The move comes barely four months after the government allowed operation of the world's largest aircraft late January at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad airports which are capable of handling arrival and departure of large number of passengers in one go.

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Image: A380 will soon start flying in and out of India.
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The SIA A-380s can fly 471 passengers in a three-class configuration of first class suites, business class and economy.            

The superjumbos would operate daily to Mumbai and Delhi from May 30, taking over from two daily flights that currently serve each city using smaller Boeing 777s, SIA's General Manager (India) David Lau told reporters.

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Image: Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial airliner, arrives from Toulouse, France, to Hamburg, Germany.
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He said another daily flight would continue to be operated with B-777s and in total, 14 flights would serve these cities per week.            

"We have been keen to operate the Airbus A-380 to India and are glad that the Air Services Agreement (ASA) between Singapore and India now allows us to do so," he said.

The prevailing bilateral ASA allows SIA to fly 6,000 seats per week from Delhi and Mumbai.

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Image: Airbus Industrie, part of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, displays the business-class interior on the A380 in Hamburg, Germany.
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He said India was a particularly important market for SIA and "we are very pleased that more of our customers will soon be able to experience the spaciousness and comfort of the world's largest aircraft."

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Image: A stewardess adjusts a pillow in the business-class section of an Emirates Airbus A380 at the ILA Berlin Air Show, Germany.
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He said India was a particularly important market for SIA and "we are very pleased that more of our customers will soon be able to experience the spaciousness and comfort of the world's largest aircraft."

            


Image: An Airbus is parked at the EADS factory in Toulouse, France, before flying via Singapore to Sydney.
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