A380 ‘super jumbo’ jet gets 1st Filipino pilot


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A380 ‘super jumbo’ jet gets 1st Filipino pilot

When Emirates brought its gigantic A380 aircraft for a one-off special flight to celebrate its move to NAIA 3, the plane was flown by Filipino captain Franklyn Desiderio – the first Filipino aviator to fly the world’s largest passenger plane. A pilot for 25 years, 41-year-old Desiderio said it was an honor to fly the plane, which he describes as a “gentle giant.” No less than the President of the Philippines greeted the flight’s arrival. Desiderio hopes he can soon fly the plane in Manila on a regular basis.

Read our profile of Capt. Desiderio on Rappler.


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