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....
Superjumbo makes maiden UK voyage
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
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
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
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
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.