MaxedOut From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2075 times:
If you can get hold of a copy of Flight International (20-26 May 2003), there is a fantastic supplement included detailing all aspects of the A380. It covers everything from the concept stage right up to the current build stage. It includes original plans, dimensions, specifications and a large cutaway. It covers everything from the cockpit and avionics, undercarriage, and engines through to safety, preperation for airport introduction and maintenance.
I was obviously aware of the A380, but having read the supplement, it's opened my eyes as to how much an influence this aircraft will be to both the advancement of air transport and technology. Well worth a read!
I can't wait until Jan 2005 to see the worlds most powerful jetliner power down the runway at Toulouse Blagnac airport and lift into the skies. It'll be a major achievment for Airbus.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8171 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2044 times:
The necessity to be as compatible with 747-400 ground operations is the primary reason why Airbus designed the very front doors of the main deck of the A380-800 so when you enter the plane through these doors it leads to the wide stairway that accesses the upper deck. That way, when an A388 parks at the gate that only has one level of jetwalks the front jetwalk is used to access the upper deck and the rear jetwalk is used to access the main deck.