Airbus announces the Airbus A380 as “greener, cleaner, quieter, smarter: the A380 is a game changer in terms of aircraft performance, cost efficiency, comfort and sustainable growth” (2012). The A380 is an incredible double-decker aircraft, capable of carrying 400 to 800 passengers per flight, with a range of close to 16.000KM, a wing span of 79.75 meters, measuring 72 meters long and 24 meters high. If we take into account the fact that it has a maximum landing weight of 386 tones and a maximum take-off weight of 560, airports have remodeled, or are going to in the near future, terminals, baggage claim areas, taxiway configuration and maintenance, as well as runway specifications. Most international airports that serve as long-distance hubs can accept the Boeing 747-400, the previous superjumbo that was the biggest aircraft before the A380’s entrance.
According to Vincent, Heathrow International Airport in London, Great Britain, has invested as much as $845 million in re-modulation and improvements (2005). All modifications are aimed at including 4 gates (due to the aircrafts unconventional height) in Terminal 3 and the “new T5 will have a total o...
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