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Superjumbo jetliner arrives at JFK after transatlantic flight

The world's largest passenger aircraft has completed its maiden voyage to the United States amid hopes it will find a market in the American airline industry.


September 18, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

The world's largest passenger aircraft has completed its maiden voyage to the United States amid hopes it will find a market in the American airline industry.

Flying on wings the length of a football field, the four-engine Airbus
A380 touched down at Kennedy International Airport without problems
around 12:10 p.m. today after flying from Frankfurt, Germany.

The eight-hour transatlantic flight gives builder Airbus and German airline Lufthansa a chance to showcase the jet to potential American buyers and to the airports they hope to turn into flight bases for the superjumbo.

The 73-metre-long jet can accommodate up to 550 passengers comfortably and efficiently.