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World’s Biggest Airplane Lands in Helsinki

The largest passenger airliner in the world, the Airbus A380, makes its maiden flight to Helsinki on Wednesday. The 526-seat double-decker plane touches down at Helsinki airport at 2.45pm.

Lufthansan A380 -lentokone hallissa Frankfurtissa.
Image: Jens Görlich

Germany’s national airliner, Lufthansa, is flying the aircraft to Finland to test Helsinki airport's suitability as an alternate airport. The event also functions as a training flight.

The Lufthansa A380 will be parked on runway 2 at Helsinki airport for two hours, where it can be seen from various directions.

The superjumbo’s arrival is expected to draw a great deal of interest from aviation aficionados and plane spotters.

The aircraft is 73 metres in length, 21.4 metres in height and 7.14 metres in width. Its wingspan is nearly 80 metres.

Prior to its arrival in Helsinki, the plane stopped in at the airports in Copenhagen and Stockholm. From Finland, the plane will continue on to Oslo before returning to Frankfurt.

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