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A380 : LHR Getting Ready  
User currently offlineMehtabrahman From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 228 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

www.bbc.co.uk



Heathrow prepares for superjumbo



A £100m redevelopment scheme has started at Heathrow airport to accommodate the new double-decker, 550-seater Airbus A380 superjumbo.
The project is due to be completed by the end of 2005, in time for the first A380 to start operating at Heathrow in spring 2006.

A pier at Terminal 3 will be demolished to make more space for the massive wingspan of the plane.

The new development will be 280m long and stand three storeys high.

It is designed to allow passengers to board and leave the jumbo from both levels of the aircraft, which will be fitted with shops, sleeping areas, creche and exercise room.

Mick Temple, managing director of airports operator BAA, said that preparations for A380 were going well and were right on schedule.

"The A380 will be an important aircraft for Heathrow... but we are also ensuring that our new facilities can accommodate all types of aircraft and meet the needs of all our airlines," he said.

Four aircraft stands will be built along the new pier, which is designed to serve the future generation of aircraft, including the medium-sized Airbus A320.

Airlines planning to operate the A380 at Heathrow include Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines.



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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

LHR is gonna be so busy if this goes ahead

User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2688 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

Does LHR plan to do anything to its runways to accomodate the A380, given it's size and weight? Well, actually, I doubt it since LHR already accomodates so many 747s as well as the A340-600s and Boeing 773s. But can anyone tell me?


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User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3238 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2588 times:

Interesting how these press releases usually concentrate on how big and
tall the new gates will be in order to accommodate the A380. Unfortunately,
they usually say nothing about how many extra immigration desks or extra
luggage conveyor belts will be needed in order to accommodate the passangers
of, say, two A380s arriving at the same time...

Tony



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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17030 posts, RR: 67
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2382 times:

Thrust, the runway loading and length/width requirements are the same or less for the A388 as for the B744. So there is no need to change the runways. The only possible change is some extra surface material in tight taxiway turns.

The length of the exhaust plume is less than that of the B773 (longest today).



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User currently offlineDutchflyer From Netherlands, joined Feb 2004, 169 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

"It is designed to allow passengers to board and leave the jumbo from both levels of the aircraft, which will be fitted with shops, sleeping areas, creche and exercise room."

Is this an ad for the A380. Who still believes this crap. Every commercial plane will be fitted with as many seats as possible.


User currently offline747400F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

Interesting that the new extension is being built to T3.

What is being done to accommodate the QF 380?
QF usually arrives at T4. Will QF change terminal or will QF pax from the 380 all have to (dis)embark via the lower level doors only?


User currently offlineV2fix From New Zealand, joined Mar 2003, 368 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2040 times:

Qf is moving to T5 with BA, and so will use the new facilities there which include a number of gates that can support the A380.

I am surprised that only 1 gate at T3 is going to support the A380. I thought EK and SQ both plan to fly the A380 to LHR and both will be using the T3. Must be at different time.



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User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5028 posts, RR: 44
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1985 times:

I am surprised that only 1 gate at T3 is going to support the A380.

What gave you that idea? The way I read the article, there will be not one but 4 gates to support the A380.


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8005 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

There is one great thing about SFO's new International Terminal (Concourses A and G)--they drastically expanded the Federal Inspection Service (Customs and Immigration) areas so it could handle the crush of people coming in from multiple large jets--including the A380-800. The only question now for the terminal is whether SFO will try to put in dual-level jet bridges for the gates at the end of Concourses A and G, the gates that have the 80 x 80 meter spacing.

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