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Hi all,

would anyone have information on the date/eta for the arrival of an A380 aircraft to Dublin in the near future? Thanks in advance for any help.

 

Tommy

 

The 26th March is what was said a few weeks back but no time was given.

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Hi all,

would anyone have information on the date/eta for the arrival of an A380 aircraft to Dublin in the near future? Thanks in advance for any help.

 

Tommy

 

I was reading a few pieces about this only yesterday. This 'toilet roll' suggests a visit March 26th but nothing confirmed yet:

 

World's largest passenger plane set to land in Dublin

 

No immediate plans for an A380 DUB route though. The visit may be for PR, but also possibly a sort of 'gauge' trial to check ramp access and ground handling systems. RWY 28L/10R is well up to handling an A380. I remember watching the first 747 touch down.

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Quotehttp://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/a380-in-dublin-emirates-postpones-historic-visit-until-further-notice-35561920.html

Emirates has postponed the planned stopover of an A380 in Dublin until further notice.

The decision, which will be hugely disappointing for aviation fans, is due to "operational reasons outside of Emirates' control", the airline says.Emirates had previously confirmed that an A380 "will visit Dublin at the end of March," stirring huge excitement among Irish plane-spotters.

 

An A380 has never landed at Dublin Airport, leading some to compare the anticipation to that surrounding visits by Concorde in the 1980s.

The Airbus A380, which first entered service in 2007, is the world's largest passenger plane. Emirates is its largest global operator, with 93 A380s currently in service.

 

This week, Emirates Ireland boss Enda Corneille tweeted that the A380 visit has been "delayed" rather than postponed, with new date a possibility.

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An A380 has never landed at Dublin Airport, leading some to compare the anticipation to that surrounding visits by Concorde in the 1980s.

 

A pity alright but it will happen in time, and Dublin will eventually have a carrier operating A380 from here.

 

I was lucky enough to have been on the ramp that day when Air France Concorde visited Dublin the first time. I had just landed, we parked up, waiting for fuel tanker, and watched her take off on the old RWY 23. Hundreds of airport staff airside including every engineer in the old maintenance hangers walked to the edge of the ramp cheering as she taxied out, took off, and then returned once to beat up the field in a low alt flypast before heading for Paris loaded with the press. The noise was deafening and it felt like the ground was shaking when the after burners came on. The smell of A1 lingering after like an after dinner liqueur.

 

Earlier on our finals we noticed the amazing bird on the ramp and were rather excited she was in Dublin. After landing we had an interesting interaction with GND (atc) when directed to taxi right behind her on route to our stand. We noticed from visual heat distortion that her engines were running and politely refused to taxi behind her for obvious reasons. She had just completed her start up and was parked in an unusual ramp location. Four Olympus engines even at idle is enough thrust to damage anything behind her. A short discussion with GND and we were told to hold position and standby. A few minutes later we could hear her get taxi instructions and the visual heat haze behind increased as she spooled up moved forwards a bit and turned 90 degrees and then stopped (i.e. so no jet blast now on our path), GND cleared us to our stand and then on the VHF in a very French accent we heard "helo (our call sign) zis is AF 4521, vie hav moved out of your vay little one, haf a gud day", followed by a friendly French chuckle. :) She waited there for about 10 mins and luckily for us we had enough time to park, shutdown and get out onto the ramp to watch her take off. I'll never forget the noise. Made a tornado sound like a sparrow in comparison.

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I saw the A380 in Adelaide airport last year while parked at Adelaide Airport, massive.

 

Limiting its size by designing it to fit within existing airport 747 parking box and existing ramp, taxiway and runway weight and clearance limits was a master stroke of business realism combined with innovation. They learned from airports resistance to 747 in early 70s as taxiways, runways and ramps had to be widened, strengthened and airport gates and terminals rearranged to manage ground handling and pax flows. The initial versions of the A380 allowed existing 747 equipped airports handle them with minimal airport infrastructure changes. If the stretched and super stretched versions ever go into production, doubtful now given the stagnant order book, they could accommodate 1200pax in economy only config.

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