Airbus 310 Cynosure of All Eyes at Mangalore Airport
Pics: Spoorthi Ullal
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore
Mangalore, Sep 28: Phew! With Airbus A-310, a Portugal made aircraft landing on the runway of Mangalore Airport on Friday September 28 at 8.58 am, the airport witnessed a momentous day.
The Airbus, made by the Portugal company White Airways looked grand with its creamy white body shimmering against the morning rays. With this, Mangalore Airport added another feather to its cap, besides allaying fears of safety.
Dais Gomes, commander of the crew of aircraft expressed his contentment and satisfaction on landing at the Mangalore airport, said an airport official. Gomes himself was not available for comment.
The Airbus A-310 weighing 1.40 lac kilo grams has a cargo compartment to which the baggage can be loaded mechanically. There are machines to elevate the baggage and load into the cargo room. The aircraft has a 24-ton capacity and is able to accommodate 186 passengers.
Mangalore Airport director M R Vasudeva said that the maiden landing of Airbus A-310 is a factor which could drive away the wrong notion Mangalore Airport was not safe.
"Today is a momentous day for Mangalore Airport," he proclaimed.
The same aircraft will fly for five consecutive days from Thursday to ferry Hajj pilgrims, before going back to Portugal, he said. As this aircraft provides cargo facilities pilgrims need not depend on cargo planes to carry home cans of 'zam zam' holy water. Each person can bring about five liters of zam zam water on their arrival on November 5.