Emirates to receive super jumbo today

DUBAI/HAMBURG -The Dubai International Airport has introduced several changes to its existing infrastructure to accommodate Emirates Airline's first super jumbo landing here tomorrow, as a dedicated facility for the aircraft is still incomplete.

By Zoe Sinclair And Mark T. Townsend

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Published: Tue 29 Jul 2008, 1:58 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:18 PM

The first of 58 Airbus A380s will be delivered to Emirates in Hamburg today where it will be unveiled to the world amid intense speculation over its design.

With a wingspan of nearly 80 metres, length of more than 70 metres and two decks, Dubai Airports has been conducting tests on the Airbus A380 since its first visit to Dubai in 2005 to ensure the airport's infrastructure and operations were capable of handling the super jumbo, according to airport reports.

The airport operators have spent USD 4.5 billion building Terminal 3 to accommodate the rapid expansion of Emirates including the world's first facility devoted to the double-decker plane, according to airport reports. But Terminal 3 operational readiness tests are yet to be concluded although its first phase is expected to be ready later in the year.

The existing Terminal 1 has been modified ahead of the A380's arrival on August 29 and two aircraft stands have been adapted to dock the super jumbo.

Passengers will also be able to board and disembark at both the lower and upper deck courtesy of two adapted rotundas connecting to the plane.

Meanwhile inside the terminal, several connecting lounges have been expanded to cater to the plane's large seating requirements.

The Airbus A380 also required airports to review emergency planning and Dubai International Airport became the first airport in the world to install Category 10 safety systems, a fire safety system for large aircraft.

Emirates' first of 58 A380s, bearing flight number EK7380 will touch down at Dubai International Airport about 5pm UAE time tomorrow.

It will follow highly symbolic delivery ceremony today in Hamburg, Germany, attended by Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum,Chairman of Emirates Airlines and Group, Tom Enders, president and CEO of Airbus and Bruce Hughes CEO of Engine Alliance.

The aircraft will enter service on the August 1 on the Dubai-New York sector and will be the first A380 in commercial service to land in the USA.

Speculation is intense in aviation circles over the on-board specification of the Emirates A380 that has been kept a closely guarded secret. Singapore Airlines attracted significant interest in the launch of its suite type configuration in first-class and it is widely anticipated that Emirates will again raise the bar in the fiercely competitive premium market.

The A380 was on display at the recent Farnborough International Air Show where it demonstrated exceptional agility and strong environmental credentials.

Khaleej Times will be on-board the first Emirates A380 flight to Dubai and will provide first impressions of the interior, comfort and flight experience as well as speaking with key executives during the flight.


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