Another first at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) was witnessed on 23 October as the inaugural flight of British Airways’ Airbus A380 from London to Hong Kong touched down at the airport. To commemorate the occasion, a water cannon salute ceremony greeted the aircraft as it taxied on HKIA’s apron. Afterwards, Airport Authority General Manager, Airfield Henry Ma and General Manager, Terminal 1 Vivian Cheung extended a warm welcome to British Airways CEO Keith Williams on behalf of HKIA as he made his entrance into the airport.
The A380 is generally considered to be more fuel-efficient, and emits less noise and carbon emissions. Hong Kong is currently one of the three destinations serviced by the British Airways A380 aircraft, along with London and Los Angeles, while Johannesburg is set to be added to the roster in February 2014.