Largest airplane to land in Islamabad on July 8

KARACHI: The biggest passenger airplane of the world, Airbus A380, will land on the new Islamabad International Airport on July 8, which will be a landmark in the aviation history of Pakistan.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted permission to a Middle Eastern airline, which will fly the giant aircraft, to bring the airplane to Pakistan. First flight of A380 will arrive with 650 passengers on board from Dubai. It will land in Islamabad at 12:30 am.

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The giant airplane weighs 577 tons, its length is 240 feet and the wing span is 260 feet. The double-decker plane stands 80-foot high from the ground and has a speed of 945 kilometres per hour with its four powerful turbo engines.

It had its first test flight in 2005 and commercial flights began in 2007 by Singapore Airlines. Now almost all well-known airlines have this aircraft in their fleet. These include Emirates, Qantas, Lufthansa, Korea Air, Malaysia Airlines, British Airways, Asiana Airlines, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways.

A380 can accommodate 868 passengers. It has the capacity to carry 323,545 litres of fuel, which is equal to 85,471 gallons.

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