The A380 is continuing its globe-trotting World Tour, visiting cities in the Asia/Pacific region to demonstrate the 21st century flagship's range capability, airport compatibility and readiness for airline revenue service.
This latest series of flights began on June 3, with the aircraft departing Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for a non-stop trip to Tokyo. The flight represented a typical long-range route for A380 airline operators, and it followed the jetliner's first-ever visit to the Charles de Gaulle Airport hub facility, which serves France and Western Europe.
The A380's arrival at Narita International Airport on June 4 marked its second visit to Japan, which was greeted by another warm welcome from airport personnel, local authorities and aviation enthusiasts.
Australia was the next stop on this segment of the 2007 World Tour. It is the home country for Qantas - the world's second oldest airline - which has ordered 20 A380s for deliveries beginning in August 2008. The June 6 landing at Sydney was the third time an A380 has come to Australia, and the aircraft also performed a demonstration flight that included low-altitude flyovers of the nation's capital city, Canberra.
The A380 continued to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport on June 8 for its initial appearance in Taiwan. A Taipei press conference led by John Leahy, the Airbus Chief Operating Officer - Customers, underscored the A380's importance to the development of commercial air travel in Asia.
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