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First A380 of China Southern Airlines Made its Maiden Flight

The first Airbus A380 of China Southern Airlines, the biggest Chinese airline by fleet size, made its maiden flight on Friday.

The aircraft flew from Toulouse, France to Hamburg, Germany, after completion of the final assembly and system tests.

The green color of the aircraft shown is a protective coating against corrosion. Then the cabin will be installed and the aircraft will be painted in full China Southern livery.

China Southern ordered five A380s in April, 2005, becoming the first A380 client in China. China Southern Airlines will become the seventh A380 operator and the delivery of the aircraft is scheduled in the second half of 2011.