Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2960 posts, RR: 7 Posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3440 times:
An Air India test flight operated by a 777-337ER VT-ALK became the first aircraft to land at DEL's new runway 29. Asia's longest runway at over 4400m, runway 11-29 is Delhi's third runway after 09-27 and 10-28. Both ends, i.e: runway 11 and runway 29 are ILS CAT3B compliant and will allow landings from the western side during the foggy months in winter, along with supporting multiple runway operations in Winter.
Formal commercial operations should commence
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2960 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3388 times:
Cheers mate for the grammar. No this was the first landing on the runway. the airport operator made a huge hoohaa about it. While aircraft have tested the runway on taxi tests over the past week and a couple of planes tested the ILS systems, this according to the Director-General of Civil Aviation who was there was the first landing.
There was a huge event and I managed to grab a vid of the plane landing.
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2960 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3363 times:
Quoting Mk777 (Reply 3): Anyone have an aerial view of what the new DEL airport looks like now. It would be nice to see the rwy as well as the construction of T3.
Not quite, but from what I saw today, the new Terminal 3 is coming along nicely, the place is a big construction zone. Interestingly, the new domestic terminal 1D is progressing well, there have been some pretty dramatic changes to the Arrival Hall 1B which I saw over the past week. The new terminal 1D has a launch date of sometime in April-May 2009. The target dates for T3 remain unchanged for mid-2010. The Airport Express Link Metro work is carrying on nice and the Times of India had an interesting article on it today. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/D...o_stations/articleshow/3387499.cms
Thanks for sharing the pics from the inauguration...look like a dull and gloomy day in DEL...i guess monsoon fury is still on...
Also interesting article about the metro, i guess Delhi in 2010 can boast of a world class airport with amazing facilities....now i only hope that its citizens will help to keep all of it maintained.
Also, there is one link taxiway on the western side of the new rwy, will there be another taxiway at the eastern side at a later time??? That wouid help domestic flights landing on the new rwy get to the terminal faster...just a thought!!!
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2960 posts, RR: 7 Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2905 times:
Well Mk777, the runway is at the far southern end of the airport complex, the linking taxiway is to its north, a second 11-29 runway will be built according to the DIAL masterplan which I've seen to the north of this runway, making the existing runway 11R-29L. The taxi time for aircraft from the existing domestic to this runway will be massive, since the aircraft will have to cross 10-28 at the Dwarka end (which is the western end) - which means a taxi down the Kilo taxiway parallel to 09-27, cross the 10 end of 10-28 and then past the international terminal and if they are taking off to the west a 4-km taxi till the 29 end of 11-29. But since they'll be domestic planes they can do a shorter take-off run, but still one hell of a taxi.
The real benefit of the new runway will be when T3 starts.
With three runway operations DEL can process 70 movements an hour, and this runway will allow DEL to overtake BOM as India's biggest airport by 2010.