A380 compatibility proven at four Asian-Pacific airports

Following the first airport compatibility tests at Frankfurt airport, Airbus has successfully demonstrated the A380’s compatibility at four more airports during the recent Asia-Pacific tour.

18 November 2005

Following the first airport compatibility tests at Frankfurt airport, Airbus has successfully demonstrated the A380’s compatibility at four more airports during the recent Asia-Pacific tour.

Successful A380 airport compatibility tests were completed at Australia’s Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne airports along with Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur airport.

In each location the testing undertaken was somewhat different depending on the interests of the airline and the airport in question.

The first stop on the tour was Singapore on 11 November, where some minor testing was carried out including airside checks on taxiways and runways along with bridge positioning checks on gate F31. A more extensive airport test program is planned to be organized in February 2006, around the time of the A380’s appearance at the Asian Aerospace air show in Singapore.

Airside tests on runways and taxiways were then done on 13 November in Brisbane, where the aircraft was also towed to the international terminal and refuelled.

The following day in Sydney ground support equipment (GSE) trials were done at the Qantas Jet Base. Equipment successfully tested included upper deck catering vehicle prototypes, stairs, cargo loaders, air conditioning units and the ground power unit (GPU).

The aircraft then travelled to Melbourne on 14 November for more compatibility testing. Particular attention was paid to bridge positioning tests on Melbourne airport’s gate 9. Melbourne is the first airport in Australia with upper deck bridge capability and the tests proved the aircraft is easily accessible for passengers and crew.

After the Australian tests the aircraft flew to Kuala Lumpur airport where it taxied to gate C17, a designated A380 gate. Upper deck equipment is not yet available in Kuala Lumpur, however the team simulated a GSE and bridge positioning.