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Monday, March 19, 2007

World's Largest Jumbo Jet Lands at LAX


This morning, I had the great opportunity to witness the first landing of the Airbus A380 at LAX, the world's largest jumbo jet. The A380 departed from Toulouse, France and 14 hours later arrived right on schedule to a cheering crowd of officials and aviation enthusiasts. I then joined Mayor Villaraigosa and several Los Angeles city councilmembers for a tour of the cabin and cockpit of the plane.

I was out on the airfield as the A380 touched down, and let me tell you this is a big plane. Its tail rises 80 feet into the air, and its wingspan is almost as wide as the length of a football field. The plane is comprised of 4 million parts, and it has over 300 miles of wiring. The A380 will accommodate about 550 passengers per flight, 35% more than a 747.

Despite its big size, the A380 was remarkably quiet as it landed at LAX, and since it can accommodate more passengers per flight, it will mean fewer flights and less noise pollution. The A380 also produces less emissions and is more fuel efficient than the 747, making it part of the larger effort to make LAX a greener, more modern and efficient airport for residential neighbors and the traveling public.

In addition, LAX and LA/Ontario airports are continuing upgrades to prepare for the commercial debut of the A380 later this year, and I hope to be one of the first to take a flight.



-Bill

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