Govt may allow Airbus 380 to land in India

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on October 09, 2012


Global airlines keen on operating largest civilian aircraft

The largest civilian aircraft, the Airbus A-380, could soon land in India. The Government is considering a proposal to allow airlines to operate the A-380 on regular flights to India.

“If an airline sends a proposal seeking permission to operate the A-380 as part of the existing air agreement between India and that country, we may consider it. But, at the moment, there is no such proposal pending,” a senior government official said. Flights between two countries are decided on the basis of air agreements that sovereign governments sign.

Till now, the Government has not allowed the Airbus A-380, which can carry up to 550 passengers on a single flight, to operate to India. Singapore Airlines, Dubai-based Emirates, German carrier Lufthansa, and Air France are among the global airlines that have shown interest in operating the aircraft to India.

Several airports, including those in Delhi and Hyderabad, have already installed equipment to handle the double-decker aircraft. Emirates has also carried out a demonstration flight with the aircraft flying between Dubai and Delhi.

The global airlines, which are interested in operating the A-380 to India, were not available for comment. “At the moment, there is nothing definite from the Government. There are several airports around the world to which this aircraft can operate and we continuously evaluate the opportunities to operate the 380,” a senior airline official said.


Published on October 09, 2012

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