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'Superjumbo' pays Stockholm Arlanda a visit

'Superjumbo' pays Stockholm Arlanda a visit

Published: 16 Sep 2010 10:53 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Sep 2010 10:53 GMT+02:00

The world's largest aircraft - the Airbus A380 - paid an inaugural visit to Stockholm Arlanda Airport on Wednesday.

“We are extremely happy about the visit. Our airport can handle airplanes of this size, and this is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that,” said Kerstin Lindberg Göransson, Airport Director at Stockholm-Arlanda, in a statement ahead of the Lufthansa aircraft's arrival at 11.15 am.

The Airbus A380 is the world's largest and most modern passenger plane and has quickly become dubbed the Superjumbo.

The A380 has 526 seats and offers an entirely new first class cabin with eight generously proportioned seats on the upper deck. The upper deck is completed with 98 business class seats.

The aircraft also boasts modern environmental standards, with a fuel consumption of 3 litres per 100 kilometres per passenger.

German airline Lufthansa was equally enamoured to arrive at Sweden's Arlanda, an airport which is a regular feature on the airline's route plan, with 13 landings daily.

“Scandinavia is one of the most important markets in the world for Lufthansa. To bring our flagship over today is also a way of saying ‘thank you’ to Sweden for hosting us for more than 40 years,” said Harro Julius Petersen, Lufthansa’s General Manager for Scandinavia, on Wednesday.

The Swedish connection to the A380 does not end there however, with innovations including a cabin humidification system, incorporating in the aircraft's air comfort system.

Lufthansa plans to have added a total of fifteen A380 aircraft to its fleet by 2015, all be based out its German hubs.

Stockholm-Arlanda airport is Sweden largest airport and an important hub for the Scandinavian region.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:39 September 16, 2010 by Åskar
A friend of mine has seen one of those at Heathrow. The Boeing 747 beside it looked tiny, he claims.
13:39 September 16, 2010 by Mb 65
I am going to Australia in February on the A380 and i am looking forward to it. My friend flies to Singapore every year with Singapore airlines in 1st class. The pictures they sent me showed a small cabin with large flat screen TV.
15:31 September 16, 2010 by aaww
@Åskar

no, it does not look that big at all, i first seen it in 2007 on the Paris airshow, two A380 making demonstration at the same time. i stood under one and i can tell you, it will disappoint you very much. it look very short and not that huge at all in compare to the 747s

people think it's huge, but in really it's only 3 meters longer than the 747 and 4 meters taller, to a aircraft that size, you can basically ignore this number.
16:34 September 16, 2010 by Nemesis
I have seen this plane at Farnborough. I just hope they don't fly with passengers the way they flew it at Farnborough:)

It is bigger than a 747.

The wings are bigger and the fuselage is a lot wider and deeper.

Inside you will really notice the difference.
16:34 September 16, 2010 by EtoileBrilliant
Finally, Lufthansa are putting them on their J'Burg run. Flew with them two weeks ago on aged 747-400. A couple of old CRTs in the aisle and that was in flight entertainment. Long overdue.
18:00 September 16, 2010 by chitowngirl
Wonderful! As long as it is not terra forming or spraying toxic chemtrails I am happy! :)
01:51 September 17, 2010 by ChrisPDX
Side by side, the 747 and the A380 look similar in size, except for the full upper deck on the A380 and the tail of the A380 is larger/taller. I work as a flight attendant and I see these 2 planes side by side all the time at LAX. Although, The A380 does get me excited! I can't wait for the day that I can ride on one. Nice work, Airbus! Cheers to you!
23:08 September 18, 2010 by wenddiver
Super Jumbo Yawn. Yesterday's technology, made 3 meters bigger.
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