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Qatar Airways A380 super-jumbo jet to make appearance in Atlanta for route launch


Qatar Airways plans to bring its A380 super-jumbo jet to Atlanta -- but just once, for the launch of its Doha-Atlanta flights June 1.

Other than the inaugural Doha-Atlanta flight, the route will be flown daily on a Boeing 777.

But the maiden flight will be flown on the 517-seat A380, which has a staircase to an upper deck, bars and dressing rooms in first class.

Atlanta is no stranger to the massive A380 jet. Korean Air brought the A380 to Atlanta for its Atlanta-Seoul route starting in 2013. Aviation geeks went wild.

But for Qatar Airways, the June 1 flight will be the first time it brings its A380 to the United States.

After Qatar last year announced plans to launch the Atlanta-Doha route, Delta Air Lines said it would discontinue its Atlanta-Dubai flights, blaming a glut of service by Gulf carriers.

The strongly-opinionated leaders of Qatar Airways and Delta have been engaged in a war of words for more than a year.

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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.