leelaw
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Is NRT Ready For The A380?

Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:21 pm

Slot-restricted NRT is often mentioned as a prime candidate for A380 operations. Is NRT currently capable of accommodating the A380 and/or will it have such capability by EIS or shortly thereafter?

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Gemuser
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RE: Is NRT A380 Ready?

Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:45 pm

I really don't know BUT:

1) NRT is a relatively new airport, it was most likly designed around the 80m box
2) The A380 doesn't require much change to any airport that a B747 can use, subject to certian site specific restrictions. I dont think NRT has any of these.
3) Purely from my own obversion it seem that the outer satalite, at least, of terminal 2 could fit the 80m box without any real problem. If fact the end gates there look like they could take an AN225 with only line marking changes. The SK A343 we arrived on in January look really small out there.

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RE: Is NRT Ready For The A380?

Sun Apr 24, 2005 9:27 pm

Quoting Gemuser (Reply 1):
2) The A380 doesn't require much change to any airport that a B747 can use,

For emergency use, yes.

For regular use, gross weight, taxiway clearance, and terminal gate layout are issues even where 747's are already in regular service.
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