A380 Destinations and Schedule

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Old Apr 2, 08, 4:29 am
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MEL gate 9 employed upper deck airbridge for the A380's first venture there. (as well as a lower deck airbridge)
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Old Apr 19, 08, 8:13 pm
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So as we approach the end of April, with around 4 months until QF receive their first A380, if not sooner, any ideas when the A380 routes will be officially announced ?
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Old Apr 19, 08, 8:23 pm
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I'm still tipping the first route will be a special trip SYD-PEK,
maybe a few days before the 8/8/08
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Old Apr 20, 08, 2:19 am
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Originally Posted by moa999 View Post
I'm still tipping the first route will be a special trip SYD-PEK,
maybe a few days before the 8/8/08
Is PEK capable of managing an A380?
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Old Apr 20, 08, 2:39 am
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Given the new T3 just opened am pretty sure it will.

Yep.
http://www.thebeijingguide.com/airport/index.html

Indeed, they also have a hanger that can hold an A380
http://www.cityscapemis.com/page/943...rport?country=
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Old Apr 20, 08, 4:09 am
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Hmmmmmm I just want to select my seats as I have J seats booked for late Jan MEL-LAX

I will ring and pick seats on the 744 just in case I think
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Old Apr 20, 08, 8:58 am
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Is PEK capable of managing an A380?
I am in PEK at the moment and the answer is yes. The terminal is gigantic and parts of it are not even open yet.
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Old Apr 20, 08, 8:54 pm
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I am in PEK at the moment and the answer is yes. The terminal is gigantic and parts of it are not even open yet.
The size of the terminal is not the defining factor. Do they have the service equipment capable of ground handling? Are the runways and taxiways approved for A380 operations? I don't know the answer to these questions.
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Old Apr 20, 08, 9:17 pm
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The size of the terminal is not the defining factor. Do they have the service equipment capable of ground handling? Are the runways and taxiways approved for A380 operations? I don't know the answer to these questions.
Sorry, the two statements I made were not related. So here they are again, separated:

a) Yes, PEK is A380 capable. It has the aero bridges, taxiways, hangars etc. to handle the big bird.
b) The terminal is huge. Gigantic in scale and makes LHR T5 look small (and it is small in comparions). T3 is bigger than all LHR terminals put together. However, while the macro design is quite nice, I found the detail design to be quite ordinary. Plus the space is not used efficiently so it does not make full use of its size.
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Old Apr 20, 08, 9:20 pm
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The size of the terminal is not the defining factor. Do they have the service equipment capable of ground handling? Are the runways and taxiways approved for A380 operations? I don't know the answer to these questions.
ok, a little research shows that PEK is ready for the A380.
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Old Apr 20, 08, 9:22 pm
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Originally Posted by DownUnderFlyer View Post
Sorry, the two statements I made were not related. So here they are again, separated:

a) Yes, PEK is A380 capable. It has the aero bridges, taxiways, hangars etc. to handle the big bird.
b) The terminal is huge. Gigantic in scale and makes LHR T5 look small (and it is small in comparions). T3 is bigger than all LHR terminals put together. However, while the macro design is quite nice, I found the detail design to be quite ordinary. Plus the space is not used efficiently so it does not make full use of its size.
indeed that is what I found with a little research. I wonder which airline will be the first to operate regular scheduled A380 services to PEK (not including any Olympic special charter or one-offs)?
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