Hyderabad: The world’s largest aircraft Airbus SAS A380, which can cover at least half a football ground under its wingspan, would fly over Hyderabad city on Wednesday when it arrives for India’s first civil aviation airshow.
Grandeur: A file photo of an Airbus A380 in New Delhi. Ramesh Pathania / Mint
The huge double-decker four-engined aircraft that can carry 853 passengers in an all-economy configuration and 525 in three classes, would be among at least 37 planes and helicopters of various makes on display at the first civil aviation exhibition and conference, India Aviation 2008, starting on Wednesday at the old Begumpet airport here.
Other aircraft, which would be on static or flying display, include Boeing 777, A340-400, Canadian Regional Jet of Bombardier Citation, business jets manufactured by various global leaders, Bell Helicopters, DragonFly, Cessnas, Indian-made Pushpak and Indian firm Hindavia’s Russian-made regional aircraft IL-114.
With the US being the partner country, almost all major aviation-related companies and officials from there are scheduled to participate.
While US officials include the administrator of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), Robert A. Sturgell, CEOs and representatives of most of the major players in the global civil aviation industry would also be present at the event organized by the civil aviation ministry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Air India chief managing director Raghu Menon, Kingfisher chief Vijay Mallya, former US FAA administrator Marion C. Blakey, AAI chief K. Ramalingam, EADS CEO Yves Guillame, GoAir MD Jeh Wadia, Air Arabia CEO Adel Ali and others are also expected.