A380 off to Washington on test flight

26th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

FRANKFURT, March 25, 2007 (AFP) - The giant Airbus A380 superjumbo left Frankfurt for Washington on Sunday, only three hours after arriving from Hong Kong, on another journey designed to test that it is up to long-haul routes.

FRANKFURT, March 25, 2007 (AFP) - The giant Airbus A380 superjumbo left Frankfurt for Washington on Sunday, only three hours after arriving from Hong Kong, on another journey designed to test that it is up to long-haul routes.

The plane touched down at Germany's main aiport at 3:28 pm (1328 GMT) with 439 passengers, 32 staff and five pilots from Lufthansa, a spokesman said. The German airline has ordered 15 of the planes.

At 6:35 pm (1635 GMT), the world's largest aircraft took off again with 467 passengers, a crew of 23 and two pilots.

Friday's outgoing flight from Frankfurt was delayed for three hours because of a hydraulics problem. A replacement part had to be delivered from Airbus's Toulouse site, in southwest France.

Two of the double-decker craft landed on US soil for the first time on Monday, greeted by large crowds as they touched down in Los Angeles and New York.

The A380 made its maiden flight to Asia last year, visiting seven cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. The first A380 for commercial use is scheduled to be delivered to Singapore Airlines in October.

The test flights will take the plane to Munich in southern Germany on Wednesday, before it returns to base in Toulouse.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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