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No. 4 A380s come to DFW


A really, really big plane landed at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport this year.

The double-decker Airbus A380 began daily flights on two different routes this fall: Qantas’ Sydney-DFW flight and Emirates’ Dubai-DFW flight.

To accommodate the jumbo jet, DFW Airport spent $2.8 million to add a jet bridge at Terminal D’s gates 15 and 16.

Qantas A380 carries 484 passengers and operates on its route six flights a week. It has 14 individual first-class suites that feature electronically adjustable seats witha multi-zone massage function.

"Not only will you be flying with the best comfort and luxury, you will be flying on the safest aircraft in the world, " said actor and Qantas ambassador John Travolta on the day the first Qantas A380 landed at DFW.

For those flying on Emirates’ A380, which holds 489 passengers, it is the most extravagant version of the A380 with private first-class suites, shower spas and an onboard bar area.

Emirates is the largest operator of A380s in the world, with 53 in its fleet and 86 on order from Airbus.