The world's largest airliner Airbus A380 will arrive in China on
October 23 to go on show to the Chinese public for the first time,
the Airbus Beijing office said on Tuesday.
The China tour of the jumbo airliner is scheduled for between
October 23 and 29 in three cities: Beijing, Shanghai and
Airbus will operate demonstration flights and showcase a fully
equipped and decorated A380.
The A380 for the China mission, coded MSN007, is capable of
carrying 519 passengers, and some Chinese passengers might have the
chance to fly with the airliner, the office said.
The A380, which burns 2.9 liters of gasoline per passenger for
every hundred kilometers, can fly 15,000 kilometers, 15 percent
more than its peers, while the operational cost is 20 percent
To date, the A380 has received 185 orders or commitments from 15
customers worldwide, five of which come from China Southern.
The first A380 is scheduled to be delivered to Singapore
Airlines on October 15, and is expected to see its official
commercial flight on October 25.
(Xinhua News Agency October 10, 2007)