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Suvarnabhumi » World largest passenger airliner’s first commercial flight landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport Thailand

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

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The world’s largest passenger airliner, an Airbus A380 of Emirates airlines, landed Monday night at Suvarnabhumi Airport in its first commercial flight to Bangkok.

Flight EK 372 arrived at 7pm with 432 passengers on board from Dubai. The airlines purchased two superjumbos to service two routes, Dubai – Bangkok and Dubai – Toronto.

EK 372 took off from Emirates, Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, at 09:40 hours carrying 488 passengers. It landed to a festive welcome by the Thai government at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 19:00 hours.

EK 241 departed Dubai with 458 passengers and will be the first commercial A380 jet to touch down on Canadian soil at 15:45 hours.

The A380 is the world’s only twin-deck airliner that has 35 per cent more seats than its closest rival. It is the most environmentally-advanced commercial aircraft in the sky today, offering better fuel economy than most hybrid passenger cars. The A380 burns up to 20 per cent less fuel per seat than today’s next largest aircraft, and is quieter, generating less than half the noise of other aircraft on takeoff.

Hailing the arrival of Emirates’ A380 as a positive development for Thailand’s tourism industry, Mr. Chaisak Angkasuwan, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Thailand said: “We are delighted Emirates selected Bangkok as the first Far East gateway for its revolutionary A380 product. Our current marketing and trade campaigns focus on promoting Thailand as an ideal holiday destination in the Middle East. Travellers from this region make multiple visits to Thailand, staying on an average nine days and spending over USD 500 million annually. We welcome the opportunity to partner with Emirates to grow the tourism potential from this region.”

It was the first time that the super-jumbo aircraft landed at Bangkok airport fully loaded with passengers, which raised hope that Thailand will be able to restore confidence among tourists in the Middle East and attract more tourists from that region following April’s political turmoil in Thailand.

An Airbus A380 made a test flight from Toulouse, France to Suvarnabhumi Airport in December 2006 but it carried no commercial passengers.

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