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World's largest passenger plane landing in Honolulu

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:51 a.m. HST, Dec 09, 2012

The world's largest passenger aircraft is landing in Honolulu.

Airbus is scheduled to make a stopover at about 2:30 this afternoon with its A380 on a trip from the Airbus factory in France to Hong Kong.

According to a news release, the double-deck aircraft can seat up to 853 passengers and has a range of 8,300 nautical miles. It is 239 feet long, with a wingspan of 262 feet.

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Surfer_Dude wrote:
The Scarebus holds a lot of people, it just can't take them very far nonstop..777ER and 787 has nearly a 12k mile range.
on December 9,2012 | 07:31AM
serious wrote:
Yeah, but our F-22 costs more!! Something's wrong with this picture!!!
on December 9,2012 | 09:13AM
niimi wrote:
Yes, the Boeing products are much more fuel efficient and you don't need 35 minutes to get off the airplane.
on December 9,2012 | 09:29AM
E_Ogawa wrote:
The A380 has a maximum range of about 9,500 miles (which is about 8,300 nautical miles) versus the 777LR maximum of about 11,000 miles and the 787-9 maximum of 9,800 miles (the two longest-range Boeing variants of the 777 and 787). Not much of a difference given the in-service routes being flown around the globe. I suspect this stop is to test the capability of the HNL runway for emergencies on over-Pacific flights, because it doesn't make sense to have Honolulu be a delivery stop from Tulouse to Hong Kong. And using this aircraft on scheduled revenue service would crush the yields for whatever airline that would choose to do so, although Air France and Lufthansa has hinted that they were looking at flying to Honolulu non-stop from Europe. Maybe they are looking at using the A380.
on December 9,2012 | 09:35AM
ejkorvette wrote:
At least it stopped in Honolulu, giving the island some exposure. Create jobs, etc. YIPPPEEEEE, YAHOOOOO, WOOOOOO HOOOO Lucky you live Hawaii.
on December 9,2012 | 12:27PM
serious wrote:
Why not some more info--where did it come from, where is it going and will this be a regular stop? Golly this is a NEWSpaper!!!
on December 9,2012 | 01:24PM
E_Ogawa wrote:
The story indicates it was coming from France, and stopping in Honolulu on its way to Hong Kong. I really doubt this will be a regular stop because Emirates doesn't currently fly between Dubai and Honolulu, and it can't make Honolulu an intermediate stop between any other city and Dubai, and definitely between a west coast and Asian pair of cities. That wouldn't be allowed from a regulatory standpoint.
on December 9,2012 | 06:22PM
clum56 wrote:
What a waste of a hour or so, this has to be an international arrival. All passengers can not leave the customs area only to go into the duty free shops if any.It has spend minimal time on the ground for refueling etc...I assume that it will refuel at the end of the Diamond or Ewa gates since it has such a large wing span.
on December 10,2012 | 02:31AM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
There are NO PASSENGERS. It is coming directly from the AIRBUS PLANT. Jeez, do any of you people ever read before you comment? Who cares about how far it can go? Does it affect your life in any way, shape of form? NO!!!
on December 10,2012 | 06:07AM
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