The Airbus A380 landed at India's Hyderabad Begumpet airport to be a part of the India Aviation 2008 Air Show. This is the first time the A380 has landed at Hyderabad, and marks the aircraft's second visit to India.
The Airbus A380 development aircraft, MSN001 (manufacturers Serial Number 001), will be on static display for a day.
The MSN001 is powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, and is a fully-instrumented aircraft for conducting flights tests. It does not have a full cabin for passengers.
The A380 first visited India in May 2007, when development aircraft MSN007 visited Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) at New Delhi, and the Sahar International Airport at Mumbai.
In a statement, John Leahy, Airbus' chief operating officer, customers said, ''Airbus is delighted to support India Aviation 2008 with the A380's second visit to India. The A380 is the world's most modern and advanced aircraft, and because it carries more passengers, can help airports and airlines to manage passenger growth whilst keeping aircraft movements down.''
Leahy said the A380 can also take off and land at airports of all sizes, and on shorter runways than previous generation large aircraft, which makes it an ideal aircraft for Indian carriers.
Jean-Michel Roy, Test Pilot, who captained the A380 from Toulouse to Hyderabad said, "I had the chance and the honour to be the first to land the A380 in India last year when we came to visit Delhi and Mumbai. I am very proud to bring this iconic aircraft to Hyderabad this time and support the India Aviation 2008 air show. Tomorrow we will also be making a visit to the new Hyderabad International airport. This major project is a clear sign of Indian aviation development and will see, I am sure, many A380s landing in India in the future."
Large, comfortable, and frugal
Airbus says that being greener, cleaner, quieter and smarter, the A380 is setting new standards for air transport and the environment. The company says the aircraft offers unequalled levels of passenger comfort, space and quietness in the cabin, and is unmatched in levels of operating costs and fuel efficiency, consuming less than three litres per passenger per 100 kilometres.
The A380 complies with today's noise limits, and is significantly quieter than any other large aircraft flying today. It has a range of 8,200 nautical miles (15,200 kilometres), and can seat 525 passengers in a standard three-class layout. While being eco-efficient, the A380 is the ideal equipment to alleviate traffic congestion at busy airports, while coping with growth.
Airbus, an EADS company, says orders and commitments for the aircraft stand at 202 from 17 customers.