A380 makes inaugural visit to Tokyo's Haneda

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An Airbus A380 test aircraft has landed for the first time at Tokyo's Haneda Airport, which will begin international scheduled flights at the end of this month.

Haneda is the 120th airport visited by the A380 to date, says Airbus.

"During the visit, the aircraft confirmed day-one readiness of Haneda's new international terminal by performing various airport compatibility checks," it adds.

A fourth runway at Haneda will begin operations on 21 October, with international scheduled flights set to start on 31 October.

The aircraft will fly to Sapporo's New Chitose airport next after Haneda, says Airbus.

"We believe the A380 will soon be flying in and out of Haneda and that it could also serve the world's densest route, between Haneda and Chitose, in the future as well," says Airbus Japan's CEO Stephane Ginoux.

Currently, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Air France operate the A380 to Tokyo's Narita Airport, says Airbus.