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10/19/2007 - Orlando International Welcomes the A380 The World's Largest Passenger Aircraft

ORLANDO, FL. - The Airbus A380, the largest passenger airliner in production, lands at Orlando International Airport (MCO) November 13, 2007. The airport compatibility study and visit to Orlando will last until November 15th.

The arrival of Airbus and the A380 is the culmination of years of hard work to make sure Orlando International Airport stays at the forefront of aviation trends and technology. Four runways and modern airfield improvements and infrastructure are all designed to accommodate the next-generation of large aircraft like the A380.

Orlando International is the first airport in Florida to receive a visit from the French based Airbus A380. The configuration of the visiting A380 is designed to comfortably carry up to 525 passengers in an extra quiet three-class cabin environment. The aircraft in an all economy class seating arraignment can accommodate more than 800 passengers. Commitments have been made for 189 aircraft orders from 16 customers. Future A380 orders have been placed by two carriers currently serving Orlando International including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Lufthansa, which begins service at MCO October 30, 2007, also has pending orders with Airbus for the next-generation large aircraft A380.

Orlando International Airport, the busiest passenger airport in Florida with nearly 35 million passengers annually, is also the best large airport in customer service according to a 2007 Airport Revenue News Magazine survey.

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For more information contact Carolyn Fennell with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055 or Kristi Tucker with Airbus at 703-834-3456.

 

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