Mehtabrahman From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 228 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3413 times:
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.
Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3266 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?
SNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3254 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3192 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...
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Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17625 posts, RR: 65
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2986 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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RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8343 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2396 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.