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Six US Airports for Stalking the Airbus A380

January 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM | by | ()

Korean Air and Lufthansa A380s snuggle up at JFK Terminal 1

Look, if you're an airport and you want to have the superjumbo Airbus A380 flying in and out, you can't just be like "hey, airlines, bring that big thang on over." Nope. Instead certain preparations must be made to accommodate an airliner of the A380's size and heft. To effectively manage each plane's 500+ passenger load, more jetways are needed, plus support vehicles to reach the upper deck. In some cases, airport runway indicator lights may need to be moved and the tarmac reinforced.

In other words, A380s can't just fly anywhere and, although the massive planes have been in the air since Singapore Airlines took delivery of the very first in 2007, not all that many airports around the world are treated to them. At least some of those are the United States...

US airports where you'll find A380s:

· New York-JFK
Air France from Paris-CDG
Korean Air from Seoul
Singapore Airlines from Frankfurt and Singapore-Changi
Emirates from Dubai
Lufthansa (re-starting in May) from Frankfurt

· Los Angeles International
Qantas from Sydney and Melbourne
Korean Air from Seoul-Incheon
Singapore Airlines from Singapore-Changi
Air France (starting in May) from Paris

· San Francisco International
Air France from Paris-CDG
Lufthansa (starting in March) from Frankfurt

· Miami International
Lufthansa from Frankfurt

· Washington-Dulles International
Air France from Paris-CDG

· Houston-Bush International
Lufthansa (starting in August) from Frankfurt

[Photo: Jaunted]

Archived Comments:

What are the legal IFR Alternate Airports for LAX?

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