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Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, landed at Al Ain on a week-long mission to test its performance in hot climatic conditions. The plane, which bore the livery of Etihad Airways on its fuselage, touched down at 6.45pm, when a strong wind was blowing dust and sand in the area. The double-decker aircraft was carrying test pilots, safety crew, and testing equipment on board. A 40-member team has arrived in Al Ain, including pilots, engineers, technicians, and other officials with the aircraft. The tests would also be monitored and verified by a team of the European Aviation Safety Agency, comprising a test pilot and two test flight engineers. A representative of the Airbus Industrie said the plane would go to Abu Dhabi, where a briefing would be held about the aircraft and its arrival in the UAE. Faris Salem Al Mazrouei, Director of Al Ain International Airport, said that it was big occasion for Al Ain airport for being selected for testing the huge passenger aircraft.

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