Monday, 17 October 2011

First official flight for China Southern Airlines A380

Today was a historic day for China Southern Airlines as its first A380 superjumbo took flight for a trip from Beijing capital Airport to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport.
The passengers on board the flight included journalist and also the Chinese sporting superstar Yao Ming who measures 2.29 meters tall. The move to incorporate an A380 amongst its fleet means that China Southern is the seventh airline to use A380's after Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Air France, Emirates, Korean Air and Lufthansa.

Reports from Qianyang Evening News suggests that the first flights are very popular, particularly with the affluent Chinese who are keen to see and be seen in the planes premium cabins.

Liu Qian, the captain of the A380's delivery flight from France to Beijing said that: “I have flown many different aircraft, including Airbus 320, 330, 340 and Boeing 737, 747. The A380’s operating experience has been the best. It’s almost a bit too quiet.”

Paris is expected to be the destination for its flights from Beijing.

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