First Airbus A380 lands at Schiphol airport
Wednesday 01 August 2012
The first commercial flight of the Airbus A380 is expected to land at Amsterdam Schiphol airport on Wednesday afternoon at 13.30.
The Emirates flight from Dubai carries 427 passengers and a crew of 24.
Over the past few months, Schiphol has adapted its boarding bridges and gates to takethe 70 metre long aircraft with two passenger decks and a full capacity of 500 travellers.
Emirates plans to fly a daily service between Amsterdam and Dubai which is growing in popularity with holidaymakers and is a convenient transfer hub to Africa and Asia.
The airline is in competition with KLM which has Schiphol as its home base in the Netherlands. Malaysia Airlines and China Southern are also planning to fly the A380 from Schiphol, according to Trouw.
KLM has no plans at present to introduce the Airbus into its fleet of Boeing 747s, a spokesman told the paper.
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