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May 30, 2014, 09.52 PM | Source: IBNLive.com

World's largest aircraft the Airbus A380 landed at IGIA

Singapore Airlines became the first airline to start commercial operations of the world's largest passenger aircraft Airbus 380 in India on Friday. The airline will fly daily from Mumbai and Delhi.

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Worlds largest aircraft the Airbus A380 landed at IGIA

Singapore Airlines became the first airline to start commercial operations of the world's largest passenger aircraft Airbus 380 in India on Friday. The airline will fly daily from Mumbai and Delhi.

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Super jumbo Airbus A380 of the Singapore Airlines (SIA) landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi at around 8.00 pm on Friday, marking its maiden flight to India. On its arrival, the super jumbo was given a customary water cannon salute.

Singapore Airlines became the first airline to start commercial operations of the world's largest passenger aircraft Airbus 380 in India on Friday. The airline will fly daily from Mumbai and Delhi.

The world's largest passenger aircraft will have 471 seats, including 12 suites, 60 Business and 399 Economy class seats.

An Economy class ticket for the Airbus will set you back by Rs 30,000, the Business class ticket will cost twice more and the suites will be priced at Rs 2 lakh each. Extra-long baggage belts have been made to clear the 1000 bags expected on each flight.

The first flight comes after the government in January 2014 allowed Airbus A380 to fly into the country.

The civil aviation ministry had lifted the ban imposed in 2008 on the ground that operation of A380s could work against the interest of Indian passenger carriers.

The Delhi airport was purpose built for the A380. A 4.43 km long and 75 metre wide runway was built, a matching network comprising kilometers of taxiways and acres of apron to support the weight of the 560 tonne aircraft has also been made.

At present only four airports - Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore - have the required infrastructure for handling A380 operations.

Meanwhile, Gulf carrier Emirates on Wednesday also announced the launch of its A380 operations between Mumbai and Dubai from July 21 adding a capacity of 2,127 seats per week in each direction.

It will be the second global carrier after Singapore Airlines to start its super jumbo services. Emirates would launch daily services of the double-decker Airbus A380 aircraft between Dubai and Mumbai, a spokesperson for the Gulf carrier said.

The Airbus A380 features:

- Double

- Engines: 4

- Range: 15,700 kilometre

- Seating: 525 people in a typical three class configuration

- First flight: 27 April 2005

- First commercial service: October 2007 with Singapore Airlines

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