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Flying castle A380 lands in ?stanbul

The world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, landed yesterday on Atatürk International Airport’s longest runway with a ceremony.
On its first approach, the plane flew close to the runway to for the benefit of reporters. In its second approach, it landed successfully and parked in front of Gate 208, equipped with the widest parking spot in the entire facility. Airport official Mehmet Ali Uluta?, TAV Holding CEO Sani ?ener, State Airports Management General Directorate (DHMI) chief Celal Özu?ur and Andreas Kreamer, an official from Airbus Corp. were present at the airport to welcome the world’s second largest aircraft.
The plane will make a test  flight between ?stanbul and Ankara today at 10:00 a.m. with 200 guests. Then Christopher Buckley, the deputy president of Airbus Europe, BDT and Latin America Airbus and Airbus Flight Operations Manager Jean-Michel Roy will brief the public on the A380 during a press conference that will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Atatürk International Airport’s VIP hall. Following the conference, airport personnel will be able to tour the interior of the A380. After showing off in Turkey, the super jumbo will continue its tour and head to the city of Toulouse in France. The A380 is able to carry 853 passengers. Its main body length is 73 meters while its wingspan is 79.8 meters. An A380 has the capacity to carry a maximum of 560 tons of passengers and 590 tons of cargo. It can approach 900 kilometers per hour, as well. The double-decker ends the nearly 37-year reign of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet as the world’s most spacious passenger plane. The A380 is also the most fuel-efficient and quiet passenger jet ever built, from inside and outside, according to its European manufacturer, Airbus SAS. Its price is $280 million.
Today’s Zaman with wires  ?stanbul 

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