Emirates A380 arrives in the U.S.The first of more than 50 A380s that Emirates Airlines has ordered arrived at New York's JFK Friday afternoon after a flight from Dubai, marking the first commercial flight of the Airbus jet into the United States. Previous flights to the U.S. were part of the test flight program and did not carry paying passengers. Emirates' San Francisco familiarisation flight is scheduled for Monday, August 4th, 2008 out of San Francisco International Airport. Invited guests will have an opportunity to tour the aircraft which features 489 seats in a three-class configuration (14 first class, 76 business class and 399 economy class).On 5-Aug-08, residents of Los Angeles will have their own opportunity to see the A380 at the Flight Path Museum at Imperial Terminal at LAX. Not only will invited Angelenos be privy to Emirates' award-winning on-board amenities and premier service, but they will also be flying aboard the airline industry's most fuel efficient aircraft.Powered by American aircraft engine maker Engine Alliance's GP7200 engines, Emirates' A380s can fly up to 7,456 miles on a full load, has 13 tons of bellyhold capacity for cargo and offer better fuel economy per passenger mile than most hybrid passenger cars. The A380 is also quieter, both inside and outside of the cabin, which means more comfort for passengers.Each familiarisation flight will last approximately two hours.
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