Jumbo Airliner Touches Down at SFO

Tuesday, May 10, 2011  |  Updated 2:48 PM PDT
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Crowd Welcomes World's Largest Airliner

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Spectators take pictures as a Lufthansa Airbus A380 plane lands at San Francisco International Airport.

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The world's largest passenger airplane landed at San  Francisco International Airport Tuesday.
   
The double-decker Airbus A380, flown by Lufthansa from Frankfurt,  was scheduled to touch down at SFO at 12:05 p.m., SFO spokesman Mike McCarron  said.
   
Lufthansa will be the first airline to operate an Airbus A380 on  regularly scheduled daily flights to and from SFO, McCarron said.

The airport's International Terminal is one of a half-dozen  airports in the world with gates that can accommodate the jumbo jet, which  carries 525 passengers.

The Airbus A380 boasts the lowest fuel consumption per passenger  seat and claims to be the quietest long-haul airplane in operation,  generating 50 percent less noise during takeoff than other airplanes,  according to the Airbus website.

Lufthansa and SFO hosted an "A380 Plane Spotting Party" from 11  a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bayfront Park in Millbrae.

Attendees were given a chance to win two tickets to Frankfurt on  Lufthansa's A380 service.
 

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