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Waiting to Board the Giant Airbus A380
Double-decker pushes upgrades of world's major airports
Claire Ulrich (briconcela)     Print Article 
Published 2006-03-01 12:10 (KST)   
The A380 is 24 meters-tall and can seat up to 800 passengers.
©2006 Airbus
Aeroports de Paris, the Paris (France) Airport authority, has released a 3D virtual tour (Flash-Player) of the future A380 Airbus passengers lounge on its Web site.

Work is still under way at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, near Paris, on the future "Terminal S3," designed and custom-made for the giant European aircraft Airbus A380, seating up to 800 passengers.

Embarkment piers, lounges, access ramps, check-in and luggage bays, maintenance docks, passengers and services facilities will all be custom-made for the giant aircraft (Wings width: 79.8 meters. Length: 73 meters. Height: 24 meters. Maximum weight at take-off: 560 tons).

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The new facilities are scheduled to open in the spring of 2007. Six Airbus A380 will be able to dock simultaneously around the new terminal. According to the Airbus manufacturer, it will take only 17 to 27 minutes for the 800 passengers to board the giant aircraft. The dedicated terminal will have a capacity of 8.5 million/passengers per year, with 22 embarkment lounges and close to 5,000 seats, on 226,000 square meters (including 3,300 square meters for commercial outlets).

Airports around the world are upgrading as well to accommodate the super-size Airbus (Munich, Singapore-Changi, JFK New-York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Sidney, among the first). The maiden commercial flight of the giant aircraft will be a Singapore Airlines flight, initially scheduled for late 2006, provided the aircraft meets all technical and security tests by then.

The investment for the new Terminal S3 in Paris amounts, according to Aeroports de Paris, to 100 million euros (U.S. $119 million(*)), but the French business magazine "L'Expansion" estimates the total cost to be closer to 300 million euros (U.S. $358 million(*)).
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(*)Ammended figures. OhmyNews regrets the error.

Readers involved in the tourist trade or the aircraft industry may be interested by a market research study on the future of very large aircrafts, released by Airbus Industries (PDF).
©2006 OhmyNews
Other articles by reporter Claire Ulrich

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