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Airbus lands to mark milestone

THE world’s biggest airliner touched down at Birmingham Airport last week.

THE world’s biggest airliner touched down at Birmingham Airport last week.

The double-decked A380 visited Solihull as part of the airport’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

Large crowds turned out to catch a glimpse of the gigantic aircraft, which has never before landed at BIA.

Tim Clark, president of Emirates, was among those on board. He said that while there are no immediate plans to fly the route on a regular basis, it might be considered in the future.

While enthusiasts were goggle-eyed about the plane’s one-off stop, not everyone was an admirer. While the airbus is often held up as an environmentally-friendly aircraft, some organisations - such as Friends of the Earth - are less convinced.

But with the recent launch of an international pier and the runway extension on the horizon, aircraft of this size could become a more familiar sight in Solihull’s skies.

The A380 may have been the largest, but it wasn’t the only aircraft to converge on Birmingham for the 70th anniversary. Over 20 vintage craft also descended on the airport - invoking memories of the air travel of yesteryear.

 

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