India lifts A380 ban
India has partially ifted its ban on the Airbus A380, enabling the superjumbo to serve the world’s most populous country.
The lifting of the ban covers Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore airports, which are deemed capable of handling the A380.
The ban was originally introduced to protect home carriers.
Not surprisingly, Airbus welcomed the news. “This is good news for Indian airports and the Indian flying public. The A380 is the world’s most fuel efficient aircraft in service with the lowest operating costs per seat and the highest revenue generating potential which benefits the airlines and the travelling public. For the Indian flying public, the A380 offers the world’s most comfortable flying experience,” said Dr. Kiran Rao, Airbus EVP Strategy and Marketing.