First Airbus A380 visiting Brussels National
Source: Belga Pictures : Serge Van Heertum, Marc Arys & Gérard Gaudin (Belga)
On June 8th, 2010
for the first time an Airbus A380 landed at Brussels National Airport.
The plane owned by the German National company Lufthansa was on a training flight from Germany to Brussels. The goal of this flight was to test all the alternate airports around Germany in case the German airports should be closed for any reason.
The first Lufthansa A380 sample was delivered on May 19th and have already performed a flight to South Africa regarding the world cup with the national football team (Nationalmannschaft) on board.
The D-AIMA has a capacity of 526 passengers and will be used on the line Frankfurt-Tokyo as from June 11th.
Actually the Airbus (from EADS group) company has registered 202 orders for his giant plane. Singapore Airlines was the first company in the world to launch regular flights with the A380 in October 2007. Airbus planned the delivery of 20 A380 this year (with 12 in 2008 and 10 in 2009 already delivered).
The development of the plane took longer than projected and was far more expensive than expected which still weighs on EADS financial results.
|approach of Brussels (Marc Arys)||Lufthansa first A380 D-AIMA (Serge Van Heertum)|
|A "big one " in Brussels (Serge Van Heertum)||From Brussels Airport tower (Gérard Gaudin)|
|Few seconds before touchdown (Gérard Gaudin)||welcome for the first time in Brussels (Gérard Gaudin)|
|On the apron (Serge Van Heertum)||Back to Germany (Serge Van Heertum)|