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Praises shower Emirates A380 debut.(LARGE TRANSPORTS)

UPBEAT WAS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE EMIRATES Airline President Tim Clark, cabin crew and passengers alike onboard the carrier's inaugural A380 flight from Dubai to New York on Aug. 1. Clark was all smiles that the first A380 was a tonne lighter than expected, onboard staff were beaming with pride in their new product offering--much of which they had helped design or implement--and passengers were lyrical about the host of new features including showers in first class and a bar area for business and first class customers.

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"We're learning a lot about this airplane; it has the makings of something really special and it's only going to get better," Clark said during the flight. EK became the second A380 operator after Singapore Airlines and the first to operate it with the Engine Alliance GP7200 powerplant. With 57 more A380s on order, EK is by far the largest customer. It is also the first to operate the aircraft to the US and first to outfit it with some of the passenger bells and whistles so often touted by Airbus.

Flight EK3801 departed Dubai 6 min. late at 1106 with a full load of 489 passengers but arrived into JFK 15 min. …

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