17 Oct World’s Largest Airplane to hit the Indian Runway
The super jumbo-Airbus A380s, which is the world’s largest passenger airplane will be soon flown to India by Germany’s Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Dubai-based Emirates Airlines.This three- class configurated airline has two full decks and a seating capacity of 525 people. Due to its huge size, many airports have had to expand their facilities to properly accommodate it.
Currently only the airports of Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore are equipped to welcome the A-380s in India. The IGI airport, Delhi is fully complaint to handle A 380 aircraft in terms of capacity of the runway, aerobridges, fire fighting response, ground handling facility and terminal capacity, as claimed by an airport official.
The civil aviation ministry is planning to do away with the “aircraft type” clause in the bilateral service agreement, letting international airlines fly any of their aircraft to the country. According to ASA any two countries signing this clause would specify the number of weekly seats or services between the departure and the arrival countries.
This new move of the government is going to turn out as a highly profitable one for Emirates and Lufthansa as they have been waiting for this permission for a couple of years. Despite of this relaxation, a senior ministry official said that they would still like the international airlines to only fly the weekly number of seats allotted to them in the bilateral agreement.
However Lufthansa has still not commented on this issue whereas on the other hand Emirates spokesperson said, “Emirates has always supported the introduction of the latest products and services to benefit the consumer”.
Experts believe that such a move by the government would be highly beneficial for the airline industry. This is mainly because most of the fuel is burnt during landing and taking off, so if an airline could accommodate more number of people, this expenditure could be minimised. Another positive point would be the coming of competitive fares on international routes which is likely to bring down fares.
To its flipside we also see few problems coming into being. Firstly, It could decrease the flight frequencies which would become less flexible for the passengers and secondly owing to its huge size , the evacuation and turnaround time of this aircraft would be comparatively more.
Despite these disadvantages one is sure that the international flyers are eager to board this giant and experience it’s hospitality.