October 8, 2014

World’s largest passenger plane Emirates Airbus A380 touched down at NAIA

PH President Benigno S. Aquino III witnessed the arrival of the Emirates Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet this Tuesday night on a one-off commercial flight by to mark its move to the newly rehabilitated Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Emirates make that flight from the Dubai International Airport with the A380 only once and the plane fly back to Dubai shortly after at 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

“The main objective of the A380 one-off trip to Manila is to mark the move of the Emirates Airline to the Terminal 3 and show its commitment to the Philippines since 1990,” Emirates said in a statement.

Dubai-based air carrier Airbus A380 touched down at the Terminal 3 NAIA landed by the the first Filipino Super Jumbo Jet Captain, Capt. Franklyn Desiderio.

Capt. Franklyn Desiderio, The 1st Filipino A380 Captain (Photo: PPSG (Phlippine Plane Spotters Group)
(Photo: PPSG (Phlippine Plane Spotters Group)

In August this year, Emirates transferred its operations to the NAIA Terminal 3 from its previous home at the congested NAIA Terminal 1

Other international carriers such as Delta Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific also moved to Terminal 3 when it went into full operation.

The completion of the NAIA 3 rehabilitation had been delayed for a decade by legal issues.
Aquino waiting to welcome passengers of Emirates A380, world’s biggest aircraft, from Dubai. 
(Photo via Zen Hernandez of ANC )
No international airline uses the A380, by far the largest passenger plane, onflights to and from Manila.

With two full-length decks measuring a total of 6,000 square feet, the A380 is 50 percent bigger than the Boeing 747 and is widely considered a the solution to the common problems of rising number of plane passengers and congested.

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