Airbus A380 - World's Largest Aircraft - Shows Its Stuff to New York City

    NEW YORK, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The 555-passenger, double-deck
 Airbus A380 created a stir across the U.S. this week, starting with
 Monday's dual landing at LAX and JFK airports. The planes were in the U.S.
 for the first time for a series of route-proving exercises. First delivery
 of the A380 is slated for October 2007 to Singapore Airlines.
     New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg toured the visiting superjumbo
 Airbus A380 at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Wednesday
 morning, shortly before the 21st Century double-decker widebody took to the
 skies over the Big Apple in a short demonstration flight for a group of
 invited guests and media. Shown here in a walk-around tour with Airbus
 Chief Flight Test Engineer Fernando Alonzo (l) and Airbus COO Customers
 John Leahy (r), Mayor Bloomberg, a recognized aviation enthusiast, visited
 the exterior and interior of the world's largest passenger aircraft. The
 555-seat A380 touched down in the U.S. for the first time on Monday, with
 dual landings at JFK and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The A380
 offers unparalleled comfort, economic efficiency and environmental
 friendliness to the commercial airline industry, which expects to see a
 near tripling of passengers worldwide over the next 20 years. The A380
 departs JFK Wednesday evening but will return to the U.S. Sunday night. On
 Monday, March 26, Washington Dulles International Airport will host a group
 of invited guests in a tour and demonstration flight around the Washington
     In recognition of the strong relationship between Airbus and the New
 York City Fire and Police Departments and Airbus' contributions to both in
 9-11 recovery efforts, America's first rescue unit, Rescue One, brought
 their custom-built fire and rescue truck, along with the NYPD's specially
 built lighting truck to JFK. Also on display was a Police Fire and Rescue
 vehicle from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Airbus
 COO-Customer John Leahy joined representatives of the various agencies in
 position outside the Airbus A380. The police and fire equipment was waiting
 to salute the Airbus A380 as it landed Wednesday at JFK following a brief
 demonstration flight around New York. Airbus donated the $750,000 Rescue
 One apparatus and the $450,000 NYPD lighting truck in 2002 as part of the
 aircraft manufacturer's efforts to help New York's emergency teams recover
 from their devastating losses on September 11th. The double-deck A380
 visited JFK this week as part of its first visit to the United States in a
 route proving exercise that brought the world' largest commercial jet to
 JFK, Chicago O'Hare, LAX, and Dulles International Airport.


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