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Hartsfield Jackson Airport Welcomes A380 Airbus

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) — The world’s largest passenger jet has made its first stop at the world’s busiest airport — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Airport officials celebrated the arrival of Korean Air’s Airbus A380 on Friday with a water cannon salute and ceremony.

The double-decker, four-engine A380 is the world’s largest passenger aircraft. The plane features a lounge and seats that fully recline so passengers can sleep in comfort.

To accommodate the plane, the airport widened two runways and three taxiways by more than 855,000 square feet and installed new passenger loading bridges.

Airport officials say Atlanta is only the fourth U.S. city to offer A380 service to Asia.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the aircraft’s arrival “underscores the prominence of Atlanta as a gateway city and a competitor in global markets.”

 

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