Discussion:
QUO VADIS DABOLIM (& MOPA)?
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Philip Thomas
2006-05-18 04:59:41 UTC
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Airports Start to Feel the Sting Of Airline Cost-Cutting Efforts
By Scott McCartney

The new terminal at Toronto's Pearson International Airport features soaring
ceilings, terrazzo floors and millions of dollars of modern art -- helping
to make it one of the most expensive airports in the world for airlines and
passengers.
Then there's the new terminal at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Gates have
no bathrooms, no bridges linking passengers directly with planes and only
eight seats for each planeload of people. Among the few amenities: some
green plastic plants and a few pictures of windmills.

The same economic forces in the air-travel business that have created
buy-your-own box lunches in coach and fully ...

-----------------------

So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).

Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
Gabe Menezes
2006-05-18 16:07:27 UTC
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Post by Philip Thomas
So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).
Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
RESPONSE: It's not all doom and gloom....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=ZRBZGYCHKPGPLQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2006/05/18/uairliner.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/05/18/ixnews.html

Superjumbo makes maiden UK voyage
(Filed: 18/05/2006)

In pictures: A380 touches down

The world's biggest passenger airliner, the giant 555-seater Airbus
A380, has touched down safely at Heathrow Airport on its first visit
to Britain.

The A380
The A380 is piloted by Cpt Strongman

With Ed Strongman, a British test pilot, at the controls, the
240ft-long, double-decker plane landed at the west London airport at
exactly 1.20pm.

Capt Strongman fluttered a Union flag from the cockpit as the plane
slowed to a halt, and Heathrow staff broke off from their work to
applaud the mammoth plane.

Big crowds had gathered to catch a glimpse of the ?200 million plane
as it flew in from the Berlin Air Show.

Capt Strongman and his crew took a deliberate detour so they could
pass over two Airbus UK plants - Broughton in North Wales - where the
A380's wings are made - and Filton in Bristol.

"It was amazing to see so many faces looking up at me," Capt Strongman
said. "It made me realise how many people are involved in this
project."

Among those waiting to greet the plane at a new ?105 million pier 6 at
Heathrow's Terminal 3 were Gordon Brown, the Chancellor.

"This is a great day for London, a great day for Britain and British
manufacturing, and a great day for European co-operation," he said.

"It shows Europe at its best and also shows the success of British
workmanship and technology at its highest level."

The new pier is part of ?450 million worth of work that BAA, the
airport operator, is doing at Heathrow to enable the airport to
accommodate the A380 and future large aircraft.

The A380 will stay at Heathrow while tests are carried out to ensure
it is compatible with the new facilities. The plane will return to
Berlin early tomorrow morning.

It was first shown off by Airbus at its Toulouse headquarters in a
lavish event attended by Tony Blair in January 2005.

Then, in April last year, the plane flew for the first time,
completing a four-hour flight.

Airbus has spent around ?6 billion to introduce the A380. So far the
company has taken 159 firm orders from 16 airlines for the plane,
including Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Qatar Airways
and Emirates.

However British Airways has yet to place an order. They, like many
other airline companies, want to wait and see how the plane performs
and how ready the world's airports are to receive it.
--
DIE DULCI FREURE,
DEV BOREM KORUM.

Gabe Menezes.
London, England
Philip Thomas
2006-05-18 04:59:41 UTC
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Airports Start to Feel the Sting Of Airline Cost-Cutting Efforts
By Scott McCartney

The new terminal at Toronto's Pearson International Airport features soaring
ceilings, terrazzo floors and millions of dollars of modern art -- helping
to make it one of the most expensive airports in the world for airlines and
passengers.
Then there's the new terminal at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Gates have
no bathrooms, no bridges linking passengers directly with planes and only
eight seats for each planeload of people. Among the few amenities: some
green plastic plants and a few pictures of windmills.

The same economic forces in the air-travel business that have created
buy-your-own box lunches in coach and fully ...

-----------------------

So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).

Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
Gabe Menezes
2006-05-18 16:07:27 UTC
Permalink
Post by Philip Thomas
So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).
Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
RESPONSE: It's not all doom and gloom....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=ZRBZGYCHKPGPLQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2006/05/18/uairliner.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/05/18/ixnews.html

Superjumbo makes maiden UK voyage
(Filed: 18/05/2006)

In pictures: A380 touches down

The world's biggest passenger airliner, the giant 555-seater Airbus
A380, has touched down safely at Heathrow Airport on its first visit
to Britain.

The A380
The A380 is piloted by Cpt Strongman

With Ed Strongman, a British test pilot, at the controls, the
240ft-long, double-decker plane landed at the west London airport at
exactly 1.20pm.

Capt Strongman fluttered a Union flag from the cockpit as the plane
slowed to a halt, and Heathrow staff broke off from their work to
applaud the mammoth plane.

Big crowds had gathered to catch a glimpse of the ?200 million plane
as it flew in from the Berlin Air Show.

Capt Strongman and his crew took a deliberate detour so they could
pass over two Airbus UK plants - Broughton in North Wales - where the
A380's wings are made - and Filton in Bristol.

"It was amazing to see so many faces looking up at me," Capt Strongman
said. "It made me realise how many people are involved in this
project."

Among those waiting to greet the plane at a new ?105 million pier 6 at
Heathrow's Terminal 3 were Gordon Brown, the Chancellor.

"This is a great day for London, a great day for Britain and British
manufacturing, and a great day for European co-operation," he said.

"It shows Europe at its best and also shows the success of British
workmanship and technology at its highest level."

The new pier is part of ?450 million worth of work that BAA, the
airport operator, is doing at Heathrow to enable the airport to
accommodate the A380 and future large aircraft.

The A380 will stay at Heathrow while tests are carried out to ensure
it is compatible with the new facilities. The plane will return to
Berlin early tomorrow morning.

It was first shown off by Airbus at its Toulouse headquarters in a
lavish event attended by Tony Blair in January 2005.

Then, in April last year, the plane flew for the first time,
completing a four-hour flight.

Airbus has spent around ?6 billion to introduce the A380. So far the
company has taken 159 firm orders from 16 airlines for the plane,
including Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Qatar Airways
and Emirates.

However British Airways has yet to place an order. They, like many
other airline companies, want to wait and see how the plane performs
and how ready the world's airports are to receive it.
--
DIE DULCI FREURE,
DEV BOREM KORUM.

Gabe Menezes.
London, England
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2006-05-18 04:59:41 UTC
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Airports Start to Feel the Sting Of Airline Cost-Cutting Efforts
By Scott McCartney

The new terminal at Toronto's Pearson International Airport features soaring
ceilings, terrazzo floors and millions of dollars of modern art -- helping
to make it one of the most expensive airports in the world for airlines and
passengers.
Then there's the new terminal at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Gates have
no bathrooms, no bridges linking passengers directly with planes and only
eight seats for each planeload of people. Among the few amenities: some
green plastic plants and a few pictures of windmills.

The same economic forces in the air-travel business that have created
buy-your-own box lunches in coach and fully ...

-----------------------

So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).

Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
Gabe Menezes
2006-05-18 16:07:27 UTC
Permalink
Post by Philip Thomas
So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).
Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
RESPONSE: It's not all doom and gloom....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=ZRBZGYCHKPGPLQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2006/05/18/uairliner.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/05/18/ixnews.html

Superjumbo makes maiden UK voyage
(Filed: 18/05/2006)

In pictures: A380 touches down

The world's biggest passenger airliner, the giant 555-seater Airbus
A380, has touched down safely at Heathrow Airport on its first visit
to Britain.

The A380
The A380 is piloted by Cpt Strongman

With Ed Strongman, a British test pilot, at the controls, the
240ft-long, double-decker plane landed at the west London airport at
exactly 1.20pm.

Capt Strongman fluttered a Union flag from the cockpit as the plane
slowed to a halt, and Heathrow staff broke off from their work to
applaud the mammoth plane.

Big crowds had gathered to catch a glimpse of the ?200 million plane
as it flew in from the Berlin Air Show.

Capt Strongman and his crew took a deliberate detour so they could
pass over two Airbus UK plants - Broughton in North Wales - where the
A380's wings are made - and Filton in Bristol.

"It was amazing to see so many faces looking up at me," Capt Strongman
said. "It made me realise how many people are involved in this
project."

Among those waiting to greet the plane at a new ?105 million pier 6 at
Heathrow's Terminal 3 were Gordon Brown, the Chancellor.

"This is a great day for London, a great day for Britain and British
manufacturing, and a great day for European co-operation," he said.

"It shows Europe at its best and also shows the success of British
workmanship and technology at its highest level."

The new pier is part of ?450 million worth of work that BAA, the
airport operator, is doing at Heathrow to enable the airport to
accommodate the A380 and future large aircraft.

The A380 will stay at Heathrow while tests are carried out to ensure
it is compatible with the new facilities. The plane will return to
Berlin early tomorrow morning.

It was first shown off by Airbus at its Toulouse headquarters in a
lavish event attended by Tony Blair in January 2005.

Then, in April last year, the plane flew for the first time,
completing a four-hour flight.

Airbus has spent around ?6 billion to introduce the A380. So far the
company has taken 159 firm orders from 16 airlines for the plane,
including Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Qatar Airways
and Emirates.

However British Airways has yet to place an order. They, like many
other airline companies, want to wait and see how the plane performs
and how ready the world's airports are to receive it.
--
DIE DULCI FREURE,
DEV BOREM KORUM.

Gabe Menezes.
London, England
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2006-05-18 04:59:41 UTC
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Airports Start to Feel the Sting Of Airline Cost-Cutting Efforts
By Scott McCartney

The new terminal at Toronto's Pearson International Airport features soaring
ceilings, terrazzo floors and millions of dollars of modern art -- helping
to make it one of the most expensive airports in the world for airlines and
passengers.
Then there's the new terminal at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Gates have
no bathrooms, no bridges linking passengers directly with planes and only
eight seats for each planeload of people. Among the few amenities: some
green plastic plants and a few pictures of windmills.

The same economic forces in the air-travel business that have created
buy-your-own box lunches in coach and fully ...

-----------------------

So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).

Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
Gabe Menezes
2006-05-18 16:07:27 UTC
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Post by Philip Thomas
So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).
Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
RESPONSE: It's not all doom and gloom....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=ZRBZGYCHKPGPLQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2006/05/18/uairliner.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/05/18/ixnews.html

Superjumbo makes maiden UK voyage
(Filed: 18/05/2006)

In pictures: A380 touches down

The world's biggest passenger airliner, the giant 555-seater Airbus
A380, has touched down safely at Heathrow Airport on its first visit
to Britain.

The A380
The A380 is piloted by Cpt Strongman

With Ed Strongman, a British test pilot, at the controls, the
240ft-long, double-decker plane landed at the west London airport at
exactly 1.20pm.

Capt Strongman fluttered a Union flag from the cockpit as the plane
slowed to a halt, and Heathrow staff broke off from their work to
applaud the mammoth plane.

Big crowds had gathered to catch a glimpse of the ?200 million plane
as it flew in from the Berlin Air Show.

Capt Strongman and his crew took a deliberate detour so they could
pass over two Airbus UK plants - Broughton in North Wales - where the
A380's wings are made - and Filton in Bristol.

"It was amazing to see so many faces looking up at me," Capt Strongman
said. "It made me realise how many people are involved in this
project."

Among those waiting to greet the plane at a new ?105 million pier 6 at
Heathrow's Terminal 3 were Gordon Brown, the Chancellor.

"This is a great day for London, a great day for Britain and British
manufacturing, and a great day for European co-operation," he said.

"It shows Europe at its best and also shows the success of British
workmanship and technology at its highest level."

The new pier is part of ?450 million worth of work that BAA, the
airport operator, is doing at Heathrow to enable the airport to
accommodate the A380 and future large aircraft.

The A380 will stay at Heathrow while tests are carried out to ensure
it is compatible with the new facilities. The plane will return to
Berlin early tomorrow morning.

It was first shown off by Airbus at its Toulouse headquarters in a
lavish event attended by Tony Blair in January 2005.

Then, in April last year, the plane flew for the first time,
completing a four-hour flight.

Airbus has spent around ?6 billion to introduce the A380. So far the
company has taken 159 firm orders from 16 airlines for the plane,
including Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Qatar Airways
and Emirates.

However British Airways has yet to place an order. They, like many
other airline companies, want to wait and see how the plane performs
and how ready the world's airports are to receive it.
--
DIE DULCI FREURE,
DEV BOREM KORUM.

Gabe Menezes.
London, England
Philip Thomas
2006-05-18 04:59:41 UTC
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Airports Start to Feel the Sting Of Airline Cost-Cutting Efforts
By Scott McCartney

The new terminal at Toronto's Pearson International Airport features soaring
ceilings, terrazzo floors and millions of dollars of modern art -- helping
to make it one of the most expensive airports in the world for airlines and
passengers.
Then there's the new terminal at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Gates have
no bathrooms, no bridges linking passengers directly with planes and only
eight seats for each planeload of people. Among the few amenities: some
green plastic plants and a few pictures of windmills.

The same economic forces in the air-travel business that have created
buy-your-own box lunches in coach and fully ...

-----------------------

So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).

Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
Gabe Menezes
2006-05-18 16:07:27 UTC
Permalink
Post by Philip Thomas
So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).
Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
RESPONSE: It's not all doom and gloom....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=ZRBZGYCHKPGPLQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2006/05/18/uairliner.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/05/18/ixnews.html

Superjumbo makes maiden UK voyage
(Filed: 18/05/2006)

In pictures: A380 touches down

The world's biggest passenger airliner, the giant 555-seater Airbus
A380, has touched down safely at Heathrow Airport on its first visit
to Britain.

The A380
The A380 is piloted by Cpt Strongman

With Ed Strongman, a British test pilot, at the controls, the
240ft-long, double-decker plane landed at the west London airport at
exactly 1.20pm.

Capt Strongman fluttered a Union flag from the cockpit as the plane
slowed to a halt, and Heathrow staff broke off from their work to
applaud the mammoth plane.

Big crowds had gathered to catch a glimpse of the ?200 million plane
as it flew in from the Berlin Air Show.

Capt Strongman and his crew took a deliberate detour so they could
pass over two Airbus UK plants - Broughton in North Wales - where the
A380's wings are made - and Filton in Bristol.

"It was amazing to see so many faces looking up at me," Capt Strongman
said. "It made me realise how many people are involved in this
project."

Among those waiting to greet the plane at a new ?105 million pier 6 at
Heathrow's Terminal 3 were Gordon Brown, the Chancellor.

"This is a great day for London, a great day for Britain and British
manufacturing, and a great day for European co-operation," he said.

"It shows Europe at its best and also shows the success of British
workmanship and technology at its highest level."

The new pier is part of ?450 million worth of work that BAA, the
airport operator, is doing at Heathrow to enable the airport to
accommodate the A380 and future large aircraft.

The A380 will stay at Heathrow while tests are carried out to ensure
it is compatible with the new facilities. The plane will return to
Berlin early tomorrow morning.

It was first shown off by Airbus at its Toulouse headquarters in a
lavish event attended by Tony Blair in January 2005.

Then, in April last year, the plane flew for the first time,
completing a four-hour flight.

Airbus has spent around ?6 billion to introduce the A380. So far the
company has taken 159 firm orders from 16 airlines for the plane,
including Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Qatar Airways
and Emirates.

However British Airways has yet to place an order. They, like many
other airline companies, want to wait and see how the plane performs
and how ready the world's airports are to receive it.
--
DIE DULCI FREURE,
DEV BOREM KORUM.

Gabe Menezes.
London, England
Philip Thomas
2006-05-18 04:59:41 UTC
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Airports Start to Feel the Sting Of Airline Cost-Cutting Efforts
By Scott McCartney

The new terminal at Toronto's Pearson International Airport features soaring
ceilings, terrazzo floors and millions of dollars of modern art -- helping
to make it one of the most expensive airports in the world for airlines and
passengers.
Then there's the new terminal at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Gates have
no bathrooms, no bridges linking passengers directly with planes and only
eight seats for each planeload of people. Among the few amenities: some
green plastic plants and a few pictures of windmills.

The same economic forces in the air-travel business that have created
buy-your-own box lunches in coach and fully ...

-----------------------

So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).

Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
Gabe Menezes
2006-05-18 16:07:27 UTC
Permalink
Post by Philip Thomas
So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).
Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
RESPONSE: It's not all doom and gloom....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=ZRBZGYCHKPGPLQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2006/05/18/uairliner.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/05/18/ixnews.html

Superjumbo makes maiden UK voyage
(Filed: 18/05/2006)

In pictures: A380 touches down

The world's biggest passenger airliner, the giant 555-seater Airbus
A380, has touched down safely at Heathrow Airport on its first visit
to Britain.

The A380
The A380 is piloted by Cpt Strongman

With Ed Strongman, a British test pilot, at the controls, the
240ft-long, double-decker plane landed at the west London airport at
exactly 1.20pm.

Capt Strongman fluttered a Union flag from the cockpit as the plane
slowed to a halt, and Heathrow staff broke off from their work to
applaud the mammoth plane.

Big crowds had gathered to catch a glimpse of the ?200 million plane
as it flew in from the Berlin Air Show.

Capt Strongman and his crew took a deliberate detour so they could
pass over two Airbus UK plants - Broughton in North Wales - where the
A380's wings are made - and Filton in Bristol.

"It was amazing to see so many faces looking up at me," Capt Strongman
said. "It made me realise how many people are involved in this
project."

Among those waiting to greet the plane at a new ?105 million pier 6 at
Heathrow's Terminal 3 were Gordon Brown, the Chancellor.

"This is a great day for London, a great day for Britain and British
manufacturing, and a great day for European co-operation," he said.

"It shows Europe at its best and also shows the success of British
workmanship and technology at its highest level."

The new pier is part of ?450 million worth of work that BAA, the
airport operator, is doing at Heathrow to enable the airport to
accommodate the A380 and future large aircraft.

The A380 will stay at Heathrow while tests are carried out to ensure
it is compatible with the new facilities. The plane will return to
Berlin early tomorrow morning.

It was first shown off by Airbus at its Toulouse headquarters in a
lavish event attended by Tony Blair in January 2005.

Then, in April last year, the plane flew for the first time,
completing a four-hour flight.

Airbus has spent around ?6 billion to introduce the A380. So far the
company has taken 159 firm orders from 16 airlines for the plane,
including Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Qatar Airways
and Emirates.

However British Airways has yet to place an order. They, like many
other airline companies, want to wait and see how the plane performs
and how ready the world's airports are to receive it.
--
DIE DULCI FREURE,
DEV BOREM KORUM.

Gabe Menezes.
London, England
Philip Thomas
2006-05-18 04:59:41 UTC
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Airports Start to Feel the Sting Of Airline Cost-Cutting Efforts
By Scott McCartney

The new terminal at Toronto's Pearson International Airport features soaring
ceilings, terrazzo floors and millions of dollars of modern art -- helping
to make it one of the most expensive airports in the world for airlines and
passengers.
Then there's the new terminal at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Gates have
no bathrooms, no bridges linking passengers directly with planes and only
eight seats for each planeload of people. Among the few amenities: some
green plastic plants and a few pictures of windmills.

The same economic forces in the air-travel business that have created
buy-your-own box lunches in coach and fully ...

-----------------------

So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).

Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
Gabe Menezes
2006-05-18 16:07:27 UTC
Permalink
Post by Philip Thomas
So which way is the Dabolim upgrade headed? From the talk of aerobridges etc
its not the latter (Schipol)!
Neither is Mopa with its 5000 acres, A380 runway etc etc (with Dabolim
reserved for VVIPs and perhaps a growing fleet of business jets).
Why doesnt Goa get it when it comes to aviation matters? Hmmm.
RESPONSE: It's not all doom and gloom....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=ZRBZGYCHKPGPLQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2006/05/18/uairliner.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/05/18/ixnews.html

Superjumbo makes maiden UK voyage
(Filed: 18/05/2006)

In pictures: A380 touches down

The world's biggest passenger airliner, the giant 555-seater Airbus
A380, has touched down safely at Heathrow Airport on its first visit
to Britain.

The A380
The A380 is piloted by Cpt Strongman

With Ed Strongman, a British test pilot, at the controls, the
240ft-long, double-decker plane landed at the west London airport at
exactly 1.20pm.

Capt Strongman fluttered a Union flag from the cockpit as the plane
slowed to a halt, and Heathrow staff broke off from their work to
applaud the mammoth plane.

Big crowds had gathered to catch a glimpse of the ?200 million plane
as it flew in from the Berlin Air Show.

Capt Strongman and his crew took a deliberate detour so they could
pass over two Airbus UK plants - Broughton in North Wales - where the
A380's wings are made - and Filton in Bristol.

"It was amazing to see so many faces looking up at me," Capt Strongman
said. "It made me realise how many people are involved in this
project."

Among those waiting to greet the plane at a new ?105 million pier 6 at
Heathrow's Terminal 3 were Gordon Brown, the Chancellor.

"This is a great day for London, a great day for Britain and British
manufacturing, and a great day for European co-operation," he said.

"It shows Europe at its best and also shows the success of British
workmanship and technology at its highest level."

The new pier is part of ?450 million worth of work that BAA, the
airport operator, is doing at Heathrow to enable the airport to
accommodate the A380 and future large aircraft.

The A380 will stay at Heathrow while tests are carried out to ensure
it is compatible with the new facilities. The plane will return to
Berlin early tomorrow morning.

It was first shown off by Airbus at its Toulouse headquarters in a
lavish event attended by Tony Blair in January 2005.

Then, in April last year, the plane flew for the first time,
completing a four-hour flight.

Airbus has spent around ?6 billion to introduce the A380. So far the
company has taken 159 firm orders from 16 airlines for the plane,
including Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Qatar Airways
and Emirates.

However British Airways has yet to place an order. They, like many
other airline companies, want to wait and see how the plane performs
and how ready the world's airports are to receive it.
--
DIE DULCI FREURE,
DEV BOREM KORUM.

Gabe Menezes.
London, England
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