SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBS SF) – The world’s largest passenger airplane arrived at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday on a flight from Germany.

The double-decker Airbus A380, flown by Lufthansa from Frankfurt, touched down at SFO at 11:51 a.m. Pacific time.

Two SFO fire trucks provided a water-cannon salute as the plane taxied toward the gate.

SFO spokesman Mike McCarron said Lufthansa will be the first airline to operate an Airbus A380 on regularly scheduled daily flights to and from SFO.

The airport’s International Terminal is one of a half-dozen airports in the world with gates that can accommodate the jumbo jet, which carries 525 passengers.

The Airbus A380 boasts the lowest fuel consumption per passenger seat and claims to be the quietest long-haul airplane in operation, generating 50 percent less noise during takeoff than other airplanes, according to the Airbus website.

Lufthansa and SFO hosted an “A380 Plane Spotting Party” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bayfront Park in Millbrae.

Attendees were given a chance to win two tickets to Frankfurt on Lufthansa’s A380 service.

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Comments (5)
  1. Don says:

    If these Airbuses go down, that’s a lot of lives lost.

  2. Greg Broyles says:

    Wish I would have known about the plane spotting party. I would love to fly on this airplane. I’m a plane nerd so hopefully I will find a way to save the money to get on the “Big Bird” and take a trip to Frankfurt on Lufthansa.

  3. Matt says:

    What a monstrosity ..

  4. Steffen Bretzke says:

    I used the Lufthansa A380 from Beijing to Frankfurt in March and it was a remarkable flight. Very smooth and quiet, spacious interior even in Economy class. Not a “cattle car” in sight. A grand experience!