Mumbai: The Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft will arrive in Indian skies next month on a promotional flight for Kingfisher Airlines, the carrier said on 26 April.
The A380, plagued by delays, is scheduled to visit Mumbai and New Delhi from May 7 to May 10 for Kingfisher’s second anniversary celebrations, according to a statement.
Kingfisher, owned by India’s UB Group which controls the top brewer and spirits maker, has placed a firm order for five A380 aircraft and has an option for five more.
India’s main airports are bursting at the seams with newly-launched airlines and a sharp surge in passenger and freight traffic in a booming economy, but a spokesman for the Mumbai airport said the financial hub could handle the aircraft.
“The airport is perfectly capable of handling the A380 now,” said a spokesman for Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. “And by the time the aircraft are delivered and begin flying to India, we will have a new terminal with special facilities for parking and handling the large number of passengers,” he said.
Airbus, part of the EADS group, expects Indian firms to place orders for 1,100 passenger and freighter aircraft valued at about $105 billion over 20 years.