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Multi level pier developed at Heathrow to handle the new super jumbo

BAA Heathrow this week starts the …

BAA Heathrow this week starts the £100 million redevelopment of a Terminal 3 pier , the biggest single project at the airport to prepare for the arrival of the Airbus A380 `super jumbo` in Spring 2006.

Terminal 3`s Pier 6 will serve passengers on the first A380s operating at Heathrow. Due for completion in December 2005, the major project involves demolition of the existing Pier 6 and its redevelopment on a new alignment to allow for the A380`s massive wingspan. BAA Heathrow`s construction partner Mace is the project`s principal contractor.

The new Pier 6 will be 280 metres long, 20 metres wide, and stand three storeys high. Four aircraft stands will be created along the face of the pier – capable of serving the future generation of aircraft including the A380 and A340-600. The stands will have double jetty operations – for the first time enabling passengers to disembark from both upper and main aircraft levels.

Two of these new stands will provide the option of accommodating larger aircraft such as the A380, or two medium sized aircraft such as the Airbus A320.

Travelators along the new pier will bring passengers to the main terminal building and an extended baggage reclaim hall. Two of the pier`s stands will provide the option of accommodating larger aircraft such as the A380, or two medium sized aircraft such as the Airbus A320.

Redevelopment of Pier 6 is the largest construction project currently underway at Heathrow outside the Terminal 5 site.

Mick Temple, BAA Heathrow`s managing director, said: “Heathrow`s preparations for the A380 are going well and are right on schedule. Our taxiway widening has progressed well over the last year, and we are now able to start getting our terminals ready. Heathrow continues to lead the way for A380 preparations across all major airports worldwide.

“The A380 will be an important aircraft for Heathrow – its extra capacity will make efficient use of our two busy runways – but we are also ensuring that our new facilities can accommodate all types of aircraft and meet the needs of all our airlines. The pier works are part of our massive £450 million investment to prepare for the A380 and upgrade Heathrow`s busy airfield.”

Airlines currently planning to operate the A380 at Heathrow are: Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines.

The A380 will be the world`s largest ever commercial aircraft, carrying up to 650 passengers. Measuring 80 metres, the A380`s wing-span is 15 metres wider than the Boeing 747-400. To accommodate this additional wingspan and capacity, BAA Heathrow is investing £450 million in terminal and airfield modifications to accommodate the first phase of carriers operating A380s between 2006-8.

A380 preparations across Heathrow Pier 6 is the latest in a long list of projects that will ensure Heathrow is ready for the A380:

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