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Maiden trip for China Southern's A380

(China Daily)

09:00, October 18, 2011

BEIJING / GUANGZHOU - China's first Airbus A380, operated by China Southern Airlines Co Ltd, took off at 10 am on Monday at the Beijing Capital International Airport carrying nearly 500 passengers on its maiden domestic flight to Guangzhou, and made a smooth landing at Baiyun International Airport at 1:10 pm as people inside and outside the double-decker cabin cheered.

Among those aboard the world's largest civil aircraft were retired star basketball player Yao Ming and other celebrities.

Zhong Nanshan, a respiratory doctor and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said the Superjumbo provides an ideal space in the cabin to handle affairs that are usually done in the office.

"Except for the lack of Internet access, I can do business affairs on the computer because of the facilities and lower noise in the Superjumbo cabin," Zhong was quoted as saying by CAAC Journal.

"The Superjumbo is an ideal choice for a long flight," he said.

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