Manchester airport is now officially ‘A380 READY’ and also Stansted

19.8.2010 (Manchester airport press release)

With only two weeks left before the first Emirates A380 lands at Manchester Airport
on 1st September, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has officially certified
Manchester Airport as ‘A380 ready’.

When the CAA Aerodrome Standards Division gave their approval, the airport joined
a select group of only 17 global airports to be certified meaning next month,
Manchester will become the first regional airport in the World to have a regular
service by an A380.   [The A380 can now also land at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted]


Manchester Airport has invested more than £10 million upgrading the airfield
to the standards needed for the Emirates super-jumbo. This includes reconstructing
a new aircraft stand with state of the art equipment including an advance docking
system, which guides the pilot onto the stand and into the correct position for
the unique double airbridge to connect. Construction has taken place over the
last 18 months on the airfield at Manchester.


Manchester Airport’s Managing Director Andrew Cornish said: "It’s a proud day
for Manchester and we’re naturally pleased that Emirates has chosen Manchester
to be the first regional airport in the world to welcome an A380 aircraft. A lot
of hard work and planning has gone into the arrival from many people across the
business and we’re pleased that as an aerodrome we can accept the newest type
of aircraft flying today and that Emirates has recognised Manchester as a world
class airport."


As well as building a new stand the airport has also updated the pier with a
new pre-boarding lounge to accommodate the 517 passengers the new Emirates A380
will have onboard at any one time. Emirates have been flying from Manchester to
Dubai for almost 20 years and now have a double daily service to Dubai.


The CAA approval is a result of work dating back nearly ten years with the most
detailed and intensive work taking place out on the airfield due to the shear
size of the aircraft. Taxiways have had to be widened, realigned and reinforced
at junctions and turns as well as perimeter fences and over fifty airfield signs
moved further away so the super jumbo can pass safely.


The airport has also invested in two new fire-fighting vehicles. One of the vehicles
hosts a turntable system with a 30 metre extending ladder which can be extended
over inflated emergency exit chutes, enabling the fire service to gain access
to any level of an aircraft including those where conventional ladders might not


With the airport now being classed as ‘A380 ready’ this makes Manchester a ‘Category
10’ airport, meaning that the airport can not only accept the A380 but other ‘Code
F’ aircraft such as some of the larger freighter aircraft that are operating around
the world.

Emirates, the biggest customer of the Airbus A380, currently flies the aircraft
to London Heathrow, Paris, Seoul and Bangkok amongst others.



see also


Superjumbos cleared to land at Stansted

20 July 2010 (BAA)

Stansted Airport’s ambition to raise its global profile has received a major
boost after gaining approval to handle the world’s largest airliners.

The Civil Aviation Authority has awarded the UK’s third busiest airport Code
F status, which now allows aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the new Boeing
747-8 to operate from the airport.

The official go-ahead, which follows months of work to demonstrate the airport’s
operational readiness to handle these aircraft, now opens the door for new airline
growth for both passenger and cargo operations.

An immediate benefit has seen Stansted named as Emirates’ alternative airport
for their A380 aircraft,   if they are forced to divert as a precaution or if the
destination airport is unavailable.

Stansted’s Commercial and Development Director, Nick Barton, who along with the
airport’s managing director, David Johnson, recently visited a number of the Middle
East’s largest airlines who use or plan to use the A380 , said:

“We’re delighted to have won permission to handle the world’s biggest Code F
aircraft, an achievement that will make Stansted even more attractive to potential
carriers – both passengers and cargo. It’s credit to the original designers of
Stansted who showed astonishing vision in the 1980s to create an airport capable
of handling the superjets of the future.

“Our mission is to make sure the world’s aviation decision makers know all about
the excellent, modern facilities we have on offer here at Stansted Gaining Code
F status gives us a competitive advantage as we focus our work and energy towards
airlines from across the Middle and Far East, and the USA.

“We have the drive, ambition and desire to succeed, and we are very confident
we can achieve our aim of making Stansted the London airport of choice in the
years ahead.”

Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Air France, Lufthansa and Emirates are the five airlines
currently using the Airbus superjumbo but many more airlines have them on order.

Matthew Knowles, spokesman for ADS the UK’s Aerospace, Defence and Security trade
organisation, explained some of the environmental benefits of the new generation
of aircraft.

“The Airbus A380 is more fuel efficient than a hybrid car and produces less perceived
noise at take off than that experienced by a passenger inside a London Underground
Train. Furthermore, half of the aircraft, when fitted with Rolls- Royce engines
alongside other major contributions from British firms, is made in the UK,” said
Mr Knowles.

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from Wikipedia

Takeoff and landing separation

In 2005, the ICAO recommended that provisional separation criteria for the A380
on takeoff and landing be substantially greater than for the 747 because preliminary
flight test data suggested a stronger wake turbulence.[170][171] These criteria were in effect while the ICAO’s wake vortex steering group, with
representatives from the
JAA, Eurocontrol, the FAA, and Airbus, refined its 3-year study of the issue with additional flight testing. In September 2006, the working group presented its first conclusions to the

In November 2006, the ICAO issued new interim recommendations. Replacing a blanket 10  nautical miles (19 km) separation for aircraft trailing an A380 during approach,
the new distances were 6  nmi (11 km), 8  nmi (15 km) and 10  nmi (19 km) respectively
for non-A380 “Heavy”, “Medium”, and “Light” ICAO aircraft categories. These compared
with the 4  nmi (7.4 km), 5  nmi (9.3 km) and 6  nmi (11 km) spacing applicable to
other “Heavy” aircraft. Another A380 following an A380 should maintain a separation
of 4  nmi (7.4 km). On departure behind an A380, non-A380 “Heavy” aircraft are
required to wait two minutes, and “Medium”/”Light” aircraft three minutes for
time based operations. The ICAO also recommends that pilots append the term “Super”
to the aircraft’s callsign when initiating communication with air traffic control,
in order to distinguish the A380 from “Heavy” aircraft.[174]

In August 2008, the ICAO issued revised approach separations of 4  nmi (7.4 km)
for Super (another A380), 6  nmi (11 km) for Heavy, 7  nmi (13 km) for medium/small,
and 8  nmi (15 km) for light.[175]