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Singapore Airlines' A380 starts operations in India

IANS  New Delhi, May 30, 2014
First Published: 20:02 IST(30/5/2014) | Last Updated: 22:15 IST(30/5/2014)

Singapore Airlines' first commercial flight on its Airbus A380 aircraft in India began late Friday evening with operations starting to Mumbai and New Delhi. 

The airline became the first to operate the world's largest passenger carrier aircraft to India. 

The aircraft land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in the Capital around 8.00 pm local time, according to a CNN-IBN tweet.

It is expected to reach Mumbai around 11.00 pm Friday night. Another tweet by the CNN-IBN said the aircraft would get a water cannon salute at the Delhi airport.   

The first flight came after the government in January 2014 allowed Airbus A380 to fly into the country. 

The civil aviation ministry had lifted the ban imposed in 2008 on the ground that operation of A380s could work against the interest of Indian passenger carriers. 

Other major international passenger carriers such as Emirates and Lufthansa have shown interest in operating A380 aircraft in India on various international routes. 

At present only four airports - Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore - have the required infrastructure for handling A380 operations.  

The super jumbo can accommodate up to 853 passengers in a single-class configuration and a capacity of 525 passengers in a three-class configuration. 

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