Durban – Last week saw the biggest passenger plane in the world landing at King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa for the first time as part of a pilot training programme for British Airways.

According to, the aeroplane in question is the Airbus A380 double-decker.

It was brought to Durban by British Airways for pilot training and its “man versus plane” publicity event. reports that Colin Naidoo, who is with the Airports Company South Africa, is encouraging East Coasters to go and view the plane at the airport.

He said BA’s A380 training at the airport would involve about 10 take-offs and landings a day until February 4.

According to, the “man versus plane” idea follows a similar stunt last year in which Springbok wing Bryan Habana sprinted against, and beat, a BA A380.

Five people from around the world could get a chance to fly to Durban to race the A380 on the runway before it takes off.

source: digitaljournal