World's Largest Passenger Plane Lands In Miami

Published On: Oct 12 2011 04:38:20 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 15 2011 02:42:32 AM EDT
MIAMI -

Local 10's Sasha Andrade was on board the Lufthansa Airbus A380 as it made its inaugural landing at Miami International Airport on Friday afternoon.

Lufthansa is the first airline to bring the Airbus A380, the world?s most technologically advanced and largest passenger aircraft, to Miami.

Inaugural Flight LH462 departed Frankfurt at 9:45 a.m. and arrived at Miami International Airport around 1:40 p.m.

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"We are extremely excited to introduce our new, flagship A380 aircraft as the very first in the Miami market," said Jens Bischof, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Sales and Revenue Management. "I applaud Miami International Airport's management team for their determination to become A380-ready."

?Today is one of the proudest days in the history of MIA and Miami-Dade County,? said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Jose Abreu. ?Lufthansa?s A380 service elevates MIA into an elite class of airports worldwide that are capable of receiving this groundbreaking aircraft.?

The Airbus A380 is the world?s most fuel-efficient aircraft, burning about 12 percent less fuel than other wide-body jets, and is approximately 30 percent quieter than the current generation of wide-body aircraft.

Lufthansa?s A380 is configured with 526 seats and features the airline?s new First Class product. Located on the upper deck, this space is the quietest cabin in commercial aviation and boasts an air humidification system ?- the first of its kind to be installed on a commercial aircraft ?- that improves air humidity to help fight off jet lag.

Two large, luxurious bathrooms with separate changing and lavatory areas offer enhanced personal space and storage.

The cabin?s eight generously proportioned, ergonomic seats measure 6 feet 9 inches in length and 2 feet 7 inches in width and provide the ultimate in comfort and innovation for an exceptional travel experience.

Also located on the upper deck is the award-winning business class cabin with 98 seats featuring improved functionality, including more storage and a power supply that works with all worldwide connections.

The main deck is home to an impressively spacious economy class cabin. Each of the 420 seats features an in-seat video screen, an optimized ergonomic design and a slimmer seat back that adds two inches of personal space per passenger.

Watch for Sasha's complete coverage of the A380 experience tonight at 6 and 11 p.m. on Local 10 News.

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