Hong Kong (HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT) - Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) today welcomed the Airbus A380 as it touched down for the first time in Hong Kong. The superjumbo, which is the world's largest passenger aircraft, landed at 1225 on a technical route proving flight from Toulouse, France.
At a ceremony to mark the aircraft's arrival, Dr David J Pang, Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "We are delighted that HKIA was among 10 key airports of the world to participate in this phase of the A380's type certification. As an international aviation hub, HKIA is committed to meeting the needs of passengers, customers and business partners. Making our airport ready for the A380 is central to that commitment."
Airport Management Director Howard Eng added, "We have invested HK$100 million for the corresponding facility enhancement to ensure that HKIA meets the Civil Aviation Department's licensing requirements for the A380 and other Code F aircraft."
The improvements completed earlier this year included widening taxiways and upgrading parking stands. These changes enabled HKIA to obtain an aerodrome license for A380 operation in July.
While at HKIA, the superjumbo will go through a series of facility trials, including parking at airbridges, connecting to fixed ground power and receiving pre-conditioned air. Ramp Services, such as catering, line maintenance and aircraft refueling, will also be tested during the A380's overnight stay.