Photo by Anton Lorenzo, used with permission
If you didn’t, head on over to Anton Lorenzo’s flickr to see the A380 as it lands on NAIA. Or head on over to Yahoo and see the NAIA staff having their pictures taken with the A380 in the background Even more photos at the Pinoy Photography Forum and at the Digital Photographer forum.
MANILA, Philippines — Airbus’ extra-large A380 jetliner flew into the Philippines on a test flight Thursday to show it can be flown to existing runways in Asia, company officials said.
The A380 flew from Melbourne to the Manila international airport, landing smoothly with room to spare and taxiing to a parking area without a hitch despite its larger size.
“The landing had no troubles at all, absolutely no problem,” said test pilot Peter Chandler at a press conference afterward.
Airbus senior marketing manager Julian Manhes said this was part of test flights by the A380 to show it could land and could “fit in today’s airport infrastructure,” with no need for any adjustments to accommodate the aircraft.
The Airbus A380 test plane MSN009 will stay overnight at NAIA, taking off around 11am tomorrow for Clark. There will be a public viewing on Friday, October 12 at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport. Viewing time is from 12 noon until 4 o’clock in the afternoon.