Superjumbo Airbus A380 touches down in Spain
7 May 2007, MADRID – The world’s biggest plane, the superjumbo A380, landed in Spain on Monday for its first official visit.
7 May 2007
MADRID – The world’s biggest plane, the superjumbo A380, landed in Spain on Monday for its first official visit.
The Airbus landed at the base of the European consortium in Getafe, in Madrid after arriving from its base in Toulouse, France.
The plane, which is bigger than the Boeing 747, will leave on Tuesday for the Moron airbase near Seville, for sound checks.
The Airbus, which has been developed by Spain, Britain, France and Germany, has suffered a series of delays.
It was due to come into service in the second quarter of 2006 but may not come into commercial service for another 20 months.
Singapore Airlines is expected to conduct the first maiden commercial flight next year.
It was the first time hundreds of workers at the Getafe plant, which has been one of the bases working on the plane, have got to see it for themselves.
There was a small demonstration by workers against a plan to cut 334 jobs in Getafe as part of larger cuts of 2,000 jobs among Airbus staff. Management said they were necessary after losses suffered in the making of the aircraft.
The A380 has two floors and can accommodate 850 passengers. It measures 72 metres long and seven metres wide.
Each plane costs EUR 184 millions on the commercial market.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news