World's largest commercial aircraft lands in Honolulu

Published  6:26 PM HST Dec 09, 2012
Airbus
HONOLULU -

The world's largest commercial aircraft  touched down in Honolulu on Sunday. Hawaiian Airlines said Airbus, the jetliner manufacturer, is pitching them to buy the plane.

The A380, the first-ever double-decker aircraft made a stop in Honolulu on its way to Asia.  Hawaiian Airlines is in plans of purchasing more planes from Airbus.

"Well Hawaiian Airlines and Airbus have partnered on the A30s which we've got 22 that will be in our fleet within the next two-and-a-half years.  Clearly we look into the future," said Mark Dunkerley with Hawaiian Airlines.

The plane is fuel efficient, so it could help lower ticket prices, which could encourage more people to fly in and out of Hawaii.

"Very importantly for the state of Hawaii it has a very high passenger count to bring more visitors to the state," said Dunkerley.

The aircraft is capable of seating more than 850 passengers and has a wingspan of 252 feet.  Airbus said as the largest civil aircraft to date it brings comfort.

"It's very, very quiet, it has larger seats in economy class, it's recognized as a lovely aircraft to fly on by more and more passengers," said Richard Carcaillet with Airbus.

As nice as the plane is Hawaiian airlines said it may be decades before it considers buying the plane.

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