A380 Makes Maiden Voyage to U.S

The 239-foot-long jet can seat 555 passengers in a typical three-class configuration or 853 passengers in a one-class economy setup.


Paul Haney, deputy executive director for airport and security of Los Angeles World Airports, called the plane a "beautiful landing."

"Although it's the largest commercial airline in the sky, it's quiet and fuel efficient. That means less noise and lower emissions," Haney said, speaking by telephone from inside the aircraft.

Anthony Coscia, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said Monday's flight marked the beginning of a new era in meeting the New York City area's transportation needs. He says the A380 will generate millions of dollars in economic activity each year.

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On the Net:

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Qantas : http://www.qantas.com

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Associated Press Writers Matt Moore in Frankfurt and John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this report.


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