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    Question First ever A380 arrival at JFK ?

    When was the date of the very first A380 arrival into JFK? Also, what was the flight # ? I witnessed the first DLH arrival but I believe it came after UAE & AFR.
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    Judging from this image, the first departure was on March 21,2007. It was one of the test fleet A380s doing route proving and airport validation.

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    The first arrival at JFK was on March 19, 2007. It was in town for a couple of days for local flights. It was in Airbus house colors, however it was flown by a Lufthansa crew.





    John Leahy, Airbus COO, addressing the media during the Airbus/Lufthansa press conference marking the first A-380 flight to New York. The LH captain and first officer (both 4-stripers) are to the right.



    LH cabin crew for the flight.


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    It came to JFK that week to give New York the honor of having the first A380 landing in North America. I know it did a local flight or maybe went to Chicago or something. Then it went back to Europe and flew into Dulles the next week. It was on an LH flight number.

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    The first commercial A380 service to JFK was Emirates in the summer of 2008.
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    As I remember, there was also one going into LAX at the same time. I managed to find my way on to the media bus to shoot the landing, and as we were heading back to the terminal, they announced that the LAX flight hadn't landed yet, so JFK did indeed have the first US landing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose135 View Post
    As I remember, there was also one going into LAX at the same time. I managed to find my way on to the media bus to shoot the landing, and as we were heading back to the terminal, they announced that the LAX flight hadn't landed yet, so JFK did indeed have the first US landing.
    I completely forgot about that aspect of it, but that's exactly what happened. http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-trw...r19-story.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedbird1 View Post
    When was the date of the very first A380 arrival into JFK? Also, what was the flight # ? I witnessed the first DLH arrival but I believe it came after UAE & AFR.
    Speedbird welcome back. Haven’t seen any posts from you in awhile. Hope all is well.

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    I saw that ship in house colors at MSP in January '08
    The beehive hummm of the JT9D and GE CF680C2,the thunder of the JT8D-17,the rumble of the PW1830 and the high ,thin whine of the PW 545A are all music to my ears!

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    Thanks; nice to be back. I suffered a stroke last year caused by AFib so I can no longer go spotting but I still follow the aircraft via the Internet and can often see aircraft out of my window approaching the CRI VOR. I miss spotting so much but life goes on. Hope all is well with you.

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