Giant Airbus lands safely after maiden flight

27th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

TOULOUSE, France, April 27 (AFP) - The new Airbus A380, the world's biggest airliner, landed here Wednesday after its maiden flight over the skies of France.

TOULOUSE, France, April 27 (AFP) - The new Airbus A380, the world's biggest airliner, landed here Wednesday after its maiden flight over the skies of France.  

Tens of thousands of spectators cheered as the A380 double-decker touched down at the Toulouse-Blagnac airport near the southwestern city of Toulouse, home of the European aircraft maker Airbus Industrie.  

The A380 landed at 2:22 pm after an inaugural flight that lasted three hours and 53 minutes.  

The huge plane touched the ground gently, its massive weight supported by the broad wingspan.  

Before landing, the super-jumbo plane circled above the airport, framed against a blue sky air-brushed with cirrus clouds.  

"It's as big as a building," one observer said as the crowd applauded the fly-by.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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