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A380 In Hartford In October  
User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1656 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 7675 times:

From today's Hartford Courant:

The European airframe maker Airbus intends to land one of its A380 "superjumbo" jets - the world's largest passenger aircraft - at Bradley International Airport in early October, airport officials said Friday.

http://www.courant.com/business/hc-airbus0811.artaug11,0,7311331.story

Thanks to the guys on the BDL Yahoo! Group for the heads-up.

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User currently offlineLGAtoIND From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7628 times:

Very interesting. Does anyone know if it will be coming to IND (which is equipped to handle it) anytime soon?

User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2016 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7603 times:

May I ask why it will go to BDL? Surely NW's BDL-AMS isn't going to perform that well  wink 

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlineMarkC From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7546 times:

Remember that the first 777 made a visit to PW's company airport in East Hartford. Since then, the airport has been closed due to the UCONN football stadium and other developments on the property.

Its a nice PR move. Its no coincidence that it goes on to Cincinati. Thats where GE is. So they are sending the 380 to the GP7000 partner airports.

I might have to go over to see it. I remember thinking I went back in time a few months ago because there was a 747-200 and a Pan-Am liveried 727 at BDL on the same day.


User currently offlineRdwelch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7514 times:

I can schedule business in BDL around that time, so I say we have a little get together. I'm not what you would call an organizer of events by any stretch of the imagination, but how about the BDL locals come up with an idea of where we can meet?

Gus.


User currently offlineReality From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7457 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 2):
May I ask why it will go to BDL?

"An exact date has not been announced, but the latest plans call for an A380 to depart Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, and make the first of three U.S. stops in Hartford, according to Pratt & Whitney [located near Hartford], which makes engines for the A380 with partner General Electric.

"The plane, a double-decker that can seat between 555 and 853 passengers, would take off for Cincinnati [GE] the next day and then fly to San Francisco."

"San Francisco International Airport, the final destination for the October tour, is one of 18 U.S. airports being retrofitted to accommodate the giant aircraft. Bradley is not among them. But Kiran Jain, Bradley's marketing director, said the airport, which also serves as an Air National Guard base, can handle the plane, which has a wingspan of about 262 feet and takeoff weight of up to 1.2 million pounds."


User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4092 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7405 times:

Some of the best weather New England sees is in early October, so if that's the case I and hundreds or thousands of New England aviation enthusiasts will be there! So much for my prediction that Bangor would be the first New England airport to see the A380!

Chris/MHT Yahoo Group


User currently offlinePYP757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7321 times:

What about all those criticisms of the A380 program that only a handful of larger airports could handle this very large plane? Of course this plane will be lighter than a regular A380 loaded with luggage and 500+ passengers, and in this case it will not have to taxi to a gate, but still it is encouraging to see that the A380 can fly into smaller airports like BDL.

User currently offlineRdwelch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7309 times:

Quoting PYP757 (Reply 7):
What about all those criticisms of the A380 program that only a handful of larger airports could handle this very large plane? Of course this plane will be lighter than a regular A380 loaded with luggage and 500+ passengers, and in this case it will not have to taxi to a gate, but still it is encouraging to see that the A380 can fly into smaller airports like BDL.

I agree. A vs. B aside, it'll be good to see the how the "whale" performs. I still have some reservations on the "hot and high" performance specs, but I'm sure the folks at Airbus have those worked out.

Gus


User currently offlinePYP757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7281 times:

Quoting Rdwelch (Reply 8):
I agree. A vs. B aside, it'll be good to see the how the "whale" performs. I still have some reservations on the "hot and high" performance specs, but I'm sure the folks at Airbus have those worked out.

I must confess that I have always been a Boeing fan personally, but at the same time wish the A380 every success. It's a remarkable plane, and I can't wait to fly it one day. I can't believe the strong emotions that this A vs B battle sometimes ignite on this forum, but like you say in another one of your posts, it's entertaining (more than soap operas on US TV for sure!).

Marc


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7260 times:

Quoting Reality (Reply 5):

"San Francisco International Airport, the final destination for the October tour, is one of 18 U.S. airports being retrofitted to accommodate the giant aircraft. Bradley is not among them. But Kiran Jain, Bradley's marketing director, said the airport, which also serves as an Air National Guard base, can handle the plane, which has a wingspan of about 262 feet and takeoff weight of up to 1.2 million pounds."

..they are finally deciding to bring the A380 to SFO when we were one of the first airports to be A380 ready?

edited for content..

[Edited 2007-08-11 19:37:02]


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User currently offlineRdwelch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7221 times:

Quoting PYP757 (Reply 9):
I can't believe the strong emotions that this A vs B battle sometimes ignite on this forum, but like you say in another one of your posts, it's entertaining (more than soap operas on US TV for sure!).

True, but if we didn't have a debate on A.net then we'd be patting each other on the butt saying "great play" with every post.

Back on topic, I have to agree with you in so much that Airbus has put so much time and effort (I hope) in to this product. I love both Boeing and Airbus, and in many repects, Embrear and Canadiar. But, I've got to get my eye ball on the big girl to see what she might bring, economics aside.

Gus


User currently offlineOrdfrbdl From France, joined Aug 2007, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7167 times:

Hello,

Quoting Reality (Reply 5):
the first of three U.S. stops in Hartford, according to Pratt & Whitney [located near Hartford], which makes engines for the A380 with partner General Electric.

Hamilton Sundstrand, another UTC-subsidiary, is also involved in the A-380, I believe, and they are literally across the street from the BDL terminals and parking decks.



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User currently offlinePresRDC From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 660 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7058 times:

Quoting Ordfrbdl (Reply 12):
Hamilton Sundstrand, another UTC-subsidiary, is also involved in the A-380, I believe, and they are literally across the street from the BDL terminals and parking decks

Yes they are.


User currently offlineWingedMigrator From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2212 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6970 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 10):
..they are finally deciding to bring the A380 to SFO when we were one of the first airports to be A380 ready?

Get over it, we'll all go down there and meet each other in person for once!  Smile


User currently offlineAfitch7881 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 815 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6950 times:

BDL has a larger than normal runway width, that should help. BDL also sees the An-124 on a monthly basis and the An-224 has landed there before.

User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6888 times:

Quoting WingedMigrator (Reply 14):
Get over it, we'll all go down there and meet each other in person for once!  Smile

...that would certainly be cool... thumbsup  as I'm sure there will be quite a few A.netters there for arrival pah-tee... Smile



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User currently offlineLightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12981 posts, RR: 100
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6802 times:
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Quoting MarkC (Reply 3):
Remember that the first 777 made a visit to PW's company airport in East Hartford. Since then, the airport has been closed due to the UCONN football stadium and other developments on the property.

Made it a great jogging path.  Wink

Quoting MarkC (Reply 3):
Its a nice PR move.

Yes it is. The Pratt people who worked the program get a big "ego boost" seeing their product fly. I'm sure it will do an overflight of the East Hartford plant.  Smile

If nothing else, it makes BDL a great diversion for JFK.  spin 

Quoting Ordfrbdl (Reply 12):
Hamilton Sundstrand, another UTC-subsidiary, is also involved in the A-380, I believe, and they are literally across the street from the BDL terminals and parking decks.

As already noted, yep!

Lightsaber



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User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6759 times:

I am already planning on being at the Cincy airport when it arrives! All I need is a date for it's arrival.


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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4275 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5904 times:

Quoting Rdwelch (Reply 4):
I can schedule business in BDL around that time, so I say we have a little get together. I'm not what you would call an organizer of events by any stretch of the imagination, but how about the BDL locals come up with an idea of where we can meet?

As long as it is not on October 5-9, I'll do my best to be there. There is a small spotting area on the access road that gives pretty good views of the main runway. Been there once before. When the date is announced, we'll see if something can be set up. Hoping for Friday October 12 since that fits best with my schedule  Wink

Texan



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User currently offlineRdwelch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5684 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 19):
Texan

It is a start. We'll build from there.

Gus


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5626 times:

BDL could also be good for an emergency airport for the A380, especially if serious delays at JFK/EWR. Now if they would do a run in/out of EWR that would make me very happy Big grin

User currently offlineB757LVR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5328 times:

 bigthumbsup  Thats great news!!! Will definitely not miss this chance to see this exciting airplane!!! Hey anyone here knows of a great place to spot at BDL?

User currently offlineTumbledGyro From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4292 times:

Quoting B757LVR (Reply 22):

There are a couple of good vantage points for spotting at BDL. The best would be for runway 6. There is a dirt and gravel parking area just North of the approach lighting for 6. Also, just across the road from the parking area is a small field where one could stand right on the approach path for runway 6 arrivals. Just follow Rte. 20 West from the terminal. You can't miss them. You can also get a good shot from Perimeter Road for arrivals on 24. The local police force might ruffle your feathers there, though, as they have it marked "no parking both sides" on that road. Something tells me, though, that they might be in over their heads the day the A380 comes in.


User currently offlineCloudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 808 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4246 times:

Yeah, I would bet they are going to do some serious organizing for this arrival. BDL fortunately has a lot of places where it is very easy to see the runway and airport. While much of them are normally off limits, I bet with the demand that they may end up staffing some security at them and offering some observation points where they can people out of the way of normal airport operations.

There's a hotel at BDL, right? Do they have windows that overlook the runway?



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25 PresRDC : Yes there is a Sheraton in the airport. Half the rooms offer good airport views (one side faces the airport, the other faces the parking lots). If th
26 Golftango : Ah, I was there that day. Great memories. Have several photos of the 777's fly-by from the then Frank's Nursery on Silver Lane.
27 Post contains images Golftango : Not true, you will get a decent view of it from the lot on Rte 20
28 Post contains links FCKC : http://www.daily-bourse.fr/news.php?news=AFP070813161306.bixmn959 MSN 009 GP7200 equipped will go to Hartford , Cincinnati and SFO MSN 003 RR equipped
29 Reality : And the dates, from the above article, are: L'avion sera à Bradley (Connecticut) les 2 et 3 octobre, au North Kentucky Airport de Cincinnati (Ohio)
30 ChrisNH : The way I understand it, #009 coming to Hartford et al will be just a hollow cabin with nothing in it aside from test gear. Is that correct? Also, I r
31 PresRDC : Read what I wrote. You won't have a view FROM THE HOTEL if it lands on R/W6.
32 Golftango : Gotcha! My bad. Yes, from the hotel, no dice.
33 PresRDC : Got an internal notice confirming the October 2 arrival date and October 3 departure date.
34 ChrisNH : Is this particular plane painted in the Airbus livery, or will it have a carrier's color scheme? I've seen Singapore and Emirates, although I think th
35 Post contains links Lexy : Reg. is F-WWEA. So yeah, it's painted in the standard Airbus livery. http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1230127/M/
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