Wilco From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 355 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 2190 times:
soaringadi.... this topic is covered a lot. "Expand" is defiently the wrong word to use, the issues are more accurately: retrofit/adjust/repave/remodel/install/etc.
I imagine most airports won't expand to serve the 380 but actually reduce gates to serve it (make two planestands into one big one, make two passing taxiways into just one due to wingtip clearance issues, etc.)
And until you see a pic of an A380 stopline (a pic of a doubledecker jetway wrosk too) don't believe folks who says their airport is 380 ready... some folks on this forum seem to think a380 ready means you have wide-body gates, a long runway and a DFS shop. The issues are much more complex including taxiway centerline seperation, taxiway turn angles, shoulder width, planestand configuration, pavement issues(?), etc.
(Sorry if I sound fiesty... I just get annoyed by people claiming there airport is a380 when it's not.)
Joni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 2089 times:
I believe that with a few exceptions, all airports that can receive 747s, 777s or 340s can also receive the 380. Perhaps you mean, which airports have had customized renovation done to handle the A380 specifically in an optimized fashion?
FraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1101 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 2031 times:
Joni, not true at all.
The A380 does not fit in the parking positions which were designed for B747s, B777 and A340s. As Wilco said, they additionally require doubledecker jet bridges. I havn't seen any so far besides the airports named in the linked press release.
I guess most major airports have runways and taxiways to handle this bird but not the gates.
Col From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2083 posts, RR: 22 Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 1959 times:
Airports, if they want pax will modify for 380. It is called evolution!, we start with the Wrights and a strip of wood, moving up to grass, then onto gravel, then tarmac/concrete, now we need to change for the 380. Change is good, gets people thinking.
Joni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
A380 doesn't require double-decker loading. It's been dimensioned to turn-around faster than a 744 using just single-deck boarding. Naturally, having additional jetbridges will expedite boarding further, but they're by no means required.
Also with regard to the parking spaces, there is a standard 80*80 meter area which the 380 will fit in. A 773 or 346 will also fit into these spaces, despite both of the being longer than the 388.
This "A380 ready" issue is much ado about nothing, really. There are airports that need work done on taxiways, but in general any airport that can receive international widebody service can most likely handle the A380.
ATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1367 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 1769 times:
Most 747 sized gates in North America(most of the ones Ive been to in Eurpope has also been pretty tight) arent 80 meters in width most are about 70-72 or so and if you were to go you would see that their is a few feet between wingtips of 744's. The 380 with a winspan of 261 feet or 79.8 meters clearly does not fit at most 744 sized gates wingspan wise so alot is going to have to be done or they have to utilize the gate space better. For instance have a 380 next to a 757 because a 380 next to a 744 or 340 or so wouldnt work out.