First commercial flight for A380 in Brussels

The first commercial flight with the world’s largest airplane, an Airbus A380, landed at Brussels Airport on Friday. The double-decker is operated by the Dubai-based airline Emirates.

The plane arrived with some 500people on board, but can take up to 853 passengers. It includes 14 suites in first class, 76 beds in business and 427 economy seats.

Planes spotters thronged Brussels Airport to see the arrival. The use of the plane for the Emirates slot is a one-off. The airline wanted to celebrate its first year of operation at Brussels.

The A380 could become a regular visitor to the airport. Brussels Airport CEO Arnaud Feist: "All the necessary changes needed to operate the airplane through Brussels on a regular basis can be made in 18 months."