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World's largest jet makes Copenhagen debut

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World's largest jet makes Copenhagen debut
Copenhagen Airport hailed the A380's arrival as "a milestone". Photo: Simon Læssøe/Scanpix
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The world's largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, made its first ever regular landing in Copenhagen on Tuesday.
Copenhagen Airport welcomed the world's largest passenger jet on Tuesday when Emirates airline's Airbus A380 made its first ever appearance in Denmark. 
 
See video of the landing here, courtesy of DR. Story continues below:
 
 

Verdens største passagerfly Airbus 380 er landet i København Læs mere om flyet her: http://www.dr.dk/nyheder/indland/grafik-verdens-stoerste-passagerfly-lander-i-koebenhavn

Posted by DR Nyheder on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
 
The jumbo jet will be used for the airline's Copenhagen to Dubai route. 
 
Copenhagen Airport wrote on Twitter that the new flight will help the airport increase its annual traffic numbers from 25 to 40 million - “617 passengers at a time” and the airport's CEO, Thomas Woldbye, hailed Tuesday's landing as "a milestone". 
 
"Over the past ten years, the number of long-distance routes has doubled to 34. This is where we see a good portion of our future growth and as the leading traffic hub in northern Europe, we need to be able to accommodate the biggest jets like the A380," Woldbye said. 
 
Large crowds turned out to see the historic landing, and Business and Growth Minister Troels Lund Poulsen was on hand to officially welcome the Emirates flight. 
 
To make way for the Airbus A380, which is 73 metres long with a wingspan of 80 metres, the airport underwent a major renovation project over the summer, which included widening one of its two main runways to accommodate what the airport called the ‘Iron Giant'. 
 
Although Tuesday marked the debut of the Emirates A380 and the start of the airline's regular flights in and out of Copenhagen, the airport has seen an A380 before. Lufthansa brought its giant to the Danish capital for a visit in September. 
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