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A380 superjumbo flight kicks off Asian Aerospace Expo in HongKong news
03 September 2007

The Airbus A380 super jumbo, the world''s biggest passenger plane so far, made low flights across the Victoria Harbour in central Hong Kong in a spectacular flying show, shortly before the opening of the Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress, Asia''s largest air show, in HongKong on 3 September.

The super jumbo is 72.8 meters long and has a wingspan of 79. 8 meters. It thrilled spectators at the harbour by flying low against the backdrop of dense skyscrapers nearby, giving people on the ground a close-up view. For its size, the plane made a very low sound.

The plane arrived at Hong Kong''s International Airport at Chek Lap Kok at about 6:30 pm on Sunday. It took off from the airport at about 7:53 am on Monday, as thousands of people got up early to gather at the peak of a hill on the HongKong island for a closer look.

The A380 is expected to join about 10 aircraft on display at the air show, to be held from Monday to Thursday.

Meanwhile, organisers Reed Exhibitions, a sister company of Flightglobal, said exhibitor registration numbers have exceeded expectations. More than 10,000 trade visitors from 83 countries registered prior to the opening of the event.

Top countries by visitor numbers are China, Singapore, India, Japan, the USA, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Macau.

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A380 superjumbo flight kicks off Asian Aerospace Expo in HongKong