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IAH Installs Boarding Bridge For A380 Flights  
User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3091 posts, RR: 10
Posted (2 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 16515 times:

In a previous A-Net thread titled "LH A380 FRA-IAH To Begin In August" it was pointed out the fact that new LH A-380 flights would begin on August 1, 2012. The link for that thread which is now archived and can't be replied on is here:

IAH+A380+#ID5327236" target="_blank">http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...chid=5327236&s=IAH+A380+#ID5327236

Obviously the date for the A-380's arrival is rapidly approaching. A specific A-380 boarding bridge is now under construction to meet this need. The writeup on this installation is here:

Courtesy: Aviation Pros

IAH Installs Boarding Bridge For A380 Flights

"A specially designed jet bridge that makes a curving sweep to reach the upper deck, 26 feet from the ground, arrived at Bush Intercontinental on Wednesday from a factory in Fort Worth and was installed immediately."

http://www.aviationpros.com/news/107...s-boarding-bridge-for-a380-flights

Lastly, I wonder if some of you could list what US airports have A-380 capable jetways and what other US airports that will be getting that capability. I fully realize that at this point the list will be extremely short.

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User currently offlineaznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3658 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 16487 times:

Quoting KarlB737 (Thread starter):
IAH Installs Boarding Bridge For A380 Flights

There's a YouTube video of it being built via computer graphics: IAH's Terminal D is Getting Ready for the A380

While the new jetway is for upper deck passengers, I'm excited I get to check this out at the end of August when I take the LH A380 flight!. Am surprised they're using D12 instead of D4/D4A/D5, unless that took too many gates out during a busy time at Terminal D.



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User currently offlinejporterfi From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 16424 times:

Airports with A380-capable jetways:
ATL
IAD
JFK
LAX
MIA
SFO

I'm sure there are some that I'm missing, so please add to this list if necessary.


User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4357 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 14767 times:

They will need more than one for IAH now UA is pulling out of Paris.



I could see AF with the A380 in there quite soon.



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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4848 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 13988 times:

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 1):

I've noticed the US boarding gates for A380s only have 2 bridges as opposed to 3 in SYD, MEL and other International ports which service the A380 on a daily basis...

EK413



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User currently offlinenra-3b From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13637 times:

The new Tom Bradley (West) International Terminal A380 capable gates at LAX will have 3 jetways. One for the upper deck and 2 for the lower. Not sure exactly how many gates in total will be A380 capable, but certainly a bunch more that the 2 we have now.

http://www.earthcam.com/clients/lax/?project=cam1&page=pano

click panorama to get it to load......
looks like some are already installed.

Cheers,
Bob


User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6086 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13424 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 4):

SFO has two gates with 3 jetways. I'm sure other US city's have the same.



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User currently offlineJosh32121 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 13152 times:

Quoting jporterfi (Reply 2):
Airports with A380-capable jetways:
ATL

Which gate(s) at ATL is/are A380-capable? Right now, I don't know of any gates with more than one jetway--even at F.

In general, it seems that non-U.S. airports are far more likely to have multiple jetways for single aircraft than U.S. airports.


User currently offlineUA767400 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 13019 times:

Quoting Max Q (Reply 3):
They will need more than one for IAH now UA is pulling out of Paris.



I could see AF with the A380 in there quite soon.

I doubt we will see the A380 by AF...mostly because we only have one gate that is capable of handling the A380


User currently onlinedrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 12815 times:

Quoting UA767400 (Reply 8):
I doubt we will see the A380 by AF...mostly because we only have one gate that is capable of handling the A380

And AF 380s as well as 744s are more Y heavy. If anything you would see the 2nd AF flight back.



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User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2844 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 12754 times:

WOW! LH's A380 flights are already 70% booked through October?!? Clearly the Houston market is ready to support this service. LH can probably expect to make a killing off those last-minute (oil/energy) IAH business pax...

Interesting that IAH is LH's 4th U.S. market to see the A380, but the first to receive year-round service while JFK, MIA, and SFO only see it seasonally. It still amazes me that ORD has yet to see any 748 or A380 service from LH...



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User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 1723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 12678 times:

I go by Terminal D every day and construction really went by fast. Last I saw they had the entire jet way built so I guess they were hooking all the electronics and other systems up for testing. Also, they tore up some concrete at D12, most likely to support the immense weight. Great times ahead! 

aznmadsci, thanks for the video!  Smile LH comes in at a huge peak time for Terminal D, and most of the heavies wings' spread into other gates. D12 is like a corner lot in the average suburb, so it has the most ramp space.

[Edited 2012-06-30 20:50:59]


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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4848 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12384 times:

Quoting nra-3b (Reply 5):
Quoting as739x (Reply 6):

Cheers... I do recall SFO was one of the 1st US ports to have A380 capable bays...

EK413



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User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5607 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12373 times:

Quoting UA767400 (Reply 8):
.mostly because we only have one gate that is capable of handling the A380

What do you mean by this? IAH only has one B744 capable gate? Or do you mean only one gate with multiple bridges? In the later case I would to point out that multiple bridges are NOT NECESSARY, although they are convenient to have.

Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 11):
Also, they tore up some concrete at D12, most likely to support the immense weight.

The A380 actually requires LESS concrete strength than the B744, A346 & B777, because its greater weight is spread over more wheels. The B77W /A346 actually require the strongest concrete for airliners today.

Gemuser



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User currently offlineUA767400 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12263 times:

Quoting gemuser (Reply 13):
What do you mean by this? IAH only has one B744 capable gate? Or do you mean only one gate with multiple bridges? In the later case I would to point out that multiple bridges are NOT NECESSARY, although they are convenient to have.

Only one gate that is capable of handling the A380 as of now talking about ground markings and being able to get the other international aircraft lined up, butI am not referring to having the multiple bridges.


User currently offlineaznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3658 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 11652 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 4):
US boarding gates for A380s only have 2 bridges
Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 11):
LH comes in at a huge peak time for Terminal D, and most of the heavies wings' spread into other gates. D12 is like a corner lot in the average suburb, so it has the most ramp space.

I had mention D4/D4A/D5 as the possible A380 gate because LH used to dock there and they had tried to extend D4A to reach the upper deck. Despite the distance between D3 and D4 is a ways, I guess the wingspan of the A380 and the position of the plane to use those 3 gates would occupy too much space during a heavy time. But it would be nice to drive through to see that big boy while driving up to IAH.

Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 10):
Interesting that IAH is LH's 4th U.S. market to see the A380, but the first to receive year-round service while JFK, MIA, and SFO only see it seasonally.

Is the IAH service year round? I thought it was from August to October and would then return to SFO/IAD.

Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 10):
ORD has yet to see any 748

Is ORD or LAX the airport to see the 748?



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User currently offlineUA767400 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9883 times:

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 15):

LH A380 service is year round. They just announced we are going to get year round

Also, you are correct it would occupy way too much space during rush hour as there will be 1-2 747s (I can't remember what BA is), and 4 777s that can overlap all at one time.


User currently offlineAVENSAB727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 910 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9359 times:

I cant wait, I thought it was going to be seasonal but year round service is even better, I hope to fly on it soon. When should the construction on terminal D for the A380 be completed?


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User currently offlineUA767400 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 9299 times:

Quoting AVENSAB727 (Reply 17):
I cant wait, I thought it was going to be seasonal but year round service is even better, I hope to fly on it soon. When should the construction on terminal D for the A380 be completed?

There is a chance that it could always go seasonal as it will depend on demand.

I believe I heard mid July or so, but there is a lot of prep that needs to be done that includes widening taxiways.


User currently offlineAVENSAB727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 910 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8774 times:

Lufthansa said it will be year round, there is a reason for that, market here is ready for that.


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User currently offlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8185 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8103 times:

Quoting KarlB737 (Thread starter):
Lastly, I wonder if some of you could list what US airports have A-380 capable jetways

Just about every airport has A380 capable jetways. I suspect you're refering to uppder deck jetways, specifically.
When the A380 diverts to BOS for example, they block an adjacent gate and use the standard lower deck jetways.


User currently offlineNW From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 149 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7967 times:

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 15):
I had mention D4/D4A/D5 as the possible A380 gate because LH used to dock there and they had tried to extend D4A to reach the upper deck. Despite the distance between D3 and D4 is a ways, I guess the wingspan of the A380 and the position of the plane to use those 3 gates would occupy too much space during a heavy time. But it would be nice to drive through to see that big boy while driving up to IAH.

Delta is trying to secure the first few D gates.


User currently offlineiahflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7918 times:

Speaking of sort-of rare things coming to IAH. If UA were to bring a 747 into IAH, mentioned for use to NRT, where would it go to, D or E? More importantly, how would it affect things, if were to go to E? I know D can handle it, as long as there is room of course.


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User currently onlinedrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7895 times:

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 15):
Is the IAH service year round?
Quoting iahflyer (Reply 22):
More importantly, how would it affect things, if were to go to E? I know D can handle it, as long as there is room of course.

Well...if it came on a NRT routing then there is room at D for it at that time of day. Now E...it would have to be on E7 or something along those lines and it may block an adjacent gate. It definitely would pose a problem in the alley.



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User currently offlineJosh32121 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7773 times:

Quoting NW (Reply 21):
Delta is trying to secure the first few D gates.

Um, why does DL want gates on D at IAH? Am I missing something? Is this some new theory that DL wants to build an Int'l operation out of IAH to recapture those LOS customers lost to UA?


25 AVENSAB727 : Could this mean the DL is taking up the void left by these so called 10 percent cuts to IAH?
26 drerx7 : NO NO This is because DL actually has a decent sized Skyteam operation...as far as spoke cities go. They feed alot onto Aeromexico, KLM, and AF at IA
27 FedExFlyerPHL : I believe LH's 748s will be coming to LAX this summer sometime if I remember correctly. Jeff
28 Josh32121 : I don't have any data to dispute your statement, but where, oh where, do these connecting passengers come from?? LAX? SLC? ATL? I'm honestly stumped.
29 AVENSAB727 : Now since the A380 comes in less than a month, how many spotters will be at the airport to see it arrive? I plan on going there hopefully.
30 drerx7 : Why would it make financial sense to move from one side of IAH to the other...? They come from CDG/AMS and beyond. Skyteam from IAH flies to MEX, SEA
31 Josh32121 : If DL got a good deal for swapping out its gates in A for the ones in D...lower lease rates, a swap for UA gates at another airport, etc.? Yes, I rea
32 drerx7 : They aren't. I'm sorry, you confused my statements on the matter as opinion. I am telling you this is the case, its not debateable. We can debate abo
33 aznmadsci : HAS (Houston Airport System) manages D since it's a common-use terminal so DL can try to get a deal with HAS and not UA.
34 AVENSAB727 : So I wonder if the A380 that will go to Houston, will be named after the city, since LH is still taking A380 deliveries.
35 NW : Delta wants to be one with joint venture partners KL and AF. The plans call for one ticket counter for all three carriers plus Alaska. AF is currently
36 Josh32121 : Thank you for the more thorough explanation instead of just "I'm right; you're wrong." Indeed, there is a financial motive. DL and its JV partners wi
37 drerx7 : LOL, whatever helps you sleep at night. But thanks NW for the clarification for myself as well. Since DL handles AS I would assume they would move to
38 AVENSAB727 : Can we go back on topic please, I hope the A380 that LH uses is named after Houston, LH named named A380s after New York,Tokyo.
39 aznmadsci : It will be nice if they did. Wish KL named had a plane Houston as well.
40 AVENSAB727 : I wonder how much news coverage will the A380 have on August 1
41 FlyingSicilian : D-1 through 3 are really just as much C gates as D gates it seems. Who uses the D-1-3 now? I use the USO often (which is in front of those gates) and
42 AVENSAB727 : It is bluster, nothing but smoke and mirrors, The A380 will arrive in IAH on August 1st.
43 aznmadsci : So far it's still showing A380 for my flight late August. I do not remember LH saying they would cancel A380 service, but that they support UA and ke
44 cruiseshipcrew : Was talking to my Purser on my LH A380 flight last night and they are not very excited about having IAH as a connection city. Doesn't live up to par w
45 Post contains images drerx7 : Not only is the service commencing, it will be the only A380 service to a U.S. city that will be year round...this has been covered at length in this
46 AVENSAB727 : They'll get used to it.
47 thomasphoto60 : Poor ol' Houston, we are truly the Rodney Daingerfield of cities......."We can't get no respect". That said, that's why the get paid the big bucks, t
48 N14AZ : Unbelievable. I spent one night in Houston back in March 2000 on my way to Belize. Had a fantastic dinner in a restaurant near the airport, construct
49 OzGlobal : I have to smile at the thousands of lines on this forum a few years ago devoted to arguing as to why no US airports other than JFK and LAX would EVER
50 AVENSAB727 : IAH surely gave them a shock!!! They are judging on looks, They will be surprised by IAH, as it does live up to par with Tokyo,SFO and South Africa.
51 GEsubsea : This is a very good idea on DL part to try for a consolidation of the the Sky Team at Term. D. My question would be what to do with new partner start
52 aznmadsci : Based on TK's published schedule for IAH, they will miss the majority of the European flights, thus have plenty of space such as choice of gate. In t
53 AVENSAB727 : UA is not halting Terminal B expansion.
54 UA767400 : I am covering the event myself for a major magazine.
55 aznmadsci : They're going ahead with phase 1, which I believe is to complete the south side of the terminal, but not the north. The north concourse expansion alo
56 FlyingSicilian : This is correct; at the moment phase two is officially on hold. I still presume it will go ahead at some point, as UA's metrics, barring a completly
57 GEsubsea : I thought they were going ahead with Phase 1 and then de The excerpt below came from an article in the Kingwood news entitled: 'Houston Airport Syste
58 aznmadsci : Huh? Terminal D is definitely not the regional terminal. Someone did not do any proofreading!
59 UA767400 : Yes, terminal D is going to be upgraded like E
60 drerx7 : Well phase two was never set in stone anyway, it was always contingent upon traffic. It was always "on hold" as it hadn't been financed/funded or gre
61 FlyingSicilian : This is incorrect
62 drerx7 : Maybe my understanding of the matter is cloudy then...do you have any links supporting that? If you do, besides rhetoric from UA, then I'll gladly ac
63 FlyingSicilian : When did I ever site any rhetoric from UA? What are you going on about? My info comes from, shall we say, a high placed contact in the city of Houston
64 AVENSAB727 : Ok, I wonder if more A380s will come to IAH in the future.
65 FlyingSicilian : Never say never. I think Emirates would start a second flight again before adding 380 service (I don't have the numbers in front of me on the range a
66 drerx7 : I wasn't citing you specifically - I was talking about the blowing smoke that smisek has been doing related to the matter That is the type of informa
67 FlyingSicilian : Fair enough, my misunderstanding. I apologize. I follow the Texas aviation market fairly closely as a subset of my business interests. So I try and g
68 toxtethogrady : Given the recent round of hostilities between UA and the City of Houston, HAS might be wise to hold those A gates in reserve. The better to entice ot
69 Post contains images Schweigend : I don't know if this is still the case, but CO used to be the lease-holders on D1-D4, and maybe other D gates beyond that. Before terminal D was buil
70 FlyingSicilian : I think the USO there is great. It is much better than the old one (behind the Wendys in C). The volunteers are nice and while smaller than many it h
71 AVENSAB727 : I wonder how the A380 will affect IAH, I know it will bring revenue, but will it lead to more growth at IAH?
72 TWA772LR : All the D gates have them. It's from when CO used to use D for intl. before E was built. If you look closely, you can see where it used to say, for e
73 Schweigend : That's for sure! The current one is very cosy and relaxing. When I once visited the former USO behind Wendy's, next to C23, it just seemed like a big
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