Airbus A380 has received approval from both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be operated on runways with a width of 45 metres (150
feet) or more. Most of the world's airports have 45m runways as standard width.
"This aircraft has been shown to be safely controllable and to be compliant with applicable
airworthiness requirements when operating on runways with a width of 45 meters (150 feet) or
more," James J. Ballough, FAA Director Flight Standards Service
stated in an official
correspondence to Airbus, dated July 19, 2007.
This approval is yet another great achievement for the A380 Programme and the result of a unique
operational evaluation including airport compatibility checks, route proving campaigns and
dedicated flight-testing together with the Authorities.
“Full Airport compatibility has always been a key design driver for this new flagship of the 21 century,”
said Mario Heinen, Airbus Executive
Vice President, A380 Programme. “Since the very beginning of the A3XX concept phase in 1996 Airbus has established a sustainable
dialogue with regulators, airports, airlines, ground handlers and pilots as well as trade-associations, with the objective to make it fully
compliant with the average airport environments. We are pleased to see once more that this approach is bearing fruits.”
The A380 has already visited more than 45 airports. By 2011, more than 70 airports
are expected to be ready for A380
In parallel, Airbus is progressing well with the first
customer A380s. The first A380 for Singapore Airlines arrived in Toulouse in mid-July after
completion of the cabin installation. It is now going thorough final checks, prior to delivery to the
airline in October. The subsequent aircraft, for delivery to Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines and Qantas, are also
believed to be well on track.
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