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Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India

January 27, 2014 16:06 IST

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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Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India

January 27, 2014 16:06 IST

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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Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India

January 27, 2014 16:06 IST

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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Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India

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A crew member of Singapore Airlines A380 is preparing the cabin for passengers to experience ultimate comfort.

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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Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India

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A380 cabin allows space for social areas.

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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Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India

January 27, 2014 16:06 IST
The A380 cabin, with stair case at foreground.

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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Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India

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A passenger enjoying the comfort of Emirates A380 cabin.

This exercise would be carried through mutual negotiations between India and other countries through Memorandums of Understanding, the spokesperson said.

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Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India

January 27, 2014 16:06 IST
A380 cabin, first class compartments.

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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Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India

January 27, 2014 16:06 IST
A view of a social area and stair case on board the A380.

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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Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India

January 27, 2014 16:06 IST
Flat bed on board Qantas A380.

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.

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