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World’s Largest Passenger Aircraft Lands at Hartsfield-Jackson
03 September,2013

For Immediate Release
September 3, 2013

Reese McCranie, Director of Communications
(404) 382-2319

Monica Fuentes, Dep. Director of Communications
(404) 772-3015

Media Advisory

World’s Largest Passenger Aircraft Lands at Hartsfield-Jackson

Airport officials and Korean Air to officially celebrate arrival of Airbus A380 with a water cannon salute and aircraft tour

WHO: Louis Miller, General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Duriya Farooqui, Chief Operating Officer, Mayor’s Office

Stephen Kremer, Port Director, Customs and Border Protection

Kim Hee Bum, Korean Air General Consul

WHAT: Hartsfield-Jackson will celebrate the arrival of Korean Air’s Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a water cannon salute. Following the ceremony, guests are invited to an in-flight tour of airbus A380 prior to the reception. Airbus A380 highlights include an exclusive upstairs prestige-class, a duty free showcase and three bars. Korean Air will operate airbus A380 between Atlanta and Asia on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The airline will start daily A380 service to Asia in October.

WHEN: Friday, September 6, 2013

10:15 a.m. (MEDIA ARRIVAL)

10:40 a.m. (EVENT BEGINS with water cannon salute, ribbon cutting, aircraft tour)

WHERE: Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, Concourse E, Gate E1, 2600 Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30354, (MEDIA WILL BE ESCORTED FROM INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL)


Customs and Border Protection is requiring that all attendees submit their full name, date of birth and passport number, if available, to attend this event. Please RSVP with that information to Monica Fuentes at by noon Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Media attending the event should arrive by 10:15 a.m. at the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal with a valid driver’s license.


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