Airbus A380 to make flights to US

13th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

TOULOUSE, France, March 12, 2007 (AFP) - Two Airbus A380 superjumbos, the world's largest civilian airliner, will make test flights to the United States on March 19, landing in New York and Los Angeles, Airbus said Monday.

TOULOUSE, France, March 12, 2007 (AFP) - Two Airbus A380 superjumbos, the world's largest civilian airliner, will make test flights to the United States on March 19, landing in New York and Los Angeles, Airbus said Monday.

The planes will take off from Toulouse, where Airbus is headquartered, and Frankfurt, each carrying 500 invited guests. Airbus is a unit of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, which is dominated by French and German interests.

The flights are to be carried out under commercial conditions in order to refine internal operating systems aboard the aircraft. The A380 program has been plagued by production problems and setbacks to its delivery schedule.

The first A380 for commerical use is scheduled to be delivered to Singapore Airlines in October.

The test flight from Frankfurt to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York will be operated in conjunction with the German airline Lufthansa. The plane will then travel to Chicago before returning to New York. It will return to Frankfurt on March 21 before taking off for Hong Kong on March 24.

On its return flight to Frankfurt from Hong Kong the aircraft will touch down in Washington DC.

A second flight, aided by the Australian airline Qantas, will take off from Toulouse for Los Angeles on the US west coast.

The aircraft will undergo tests of its airport maneuverability and terminal parking capability. The Los Angeles airport is the world's fifth largest in terms of passenger numbers and will be the leading US destination for the A380 operated by Qantas.

The A380, which can carry between 555 and 845 passengers dpending on seat configuration, has made test flights to 40 airports around the world.

Copyright AFP

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