Marking a significant milestone, Emirates Airline’s 80th A380 aircraft landed at Vienna Airport, flying in direct from the Airbus production facility in Hamburg.
In light of this ground-breaking milestone, Austrian dignitaries, officials, VIPs and media attended an invitation-only event at the airport. Attendees were the first ever non-operational people to set foot inside the brand new, state-of-the-art aviation icon, and were given a tour of the aircraft.
Meanwhile, Austrian travellers will be granted the chance to experience the A380 from July 1, when Emirates Airline becomes the first carrier to operate a scheduled A380 service into Vienna.
In order to accommodate the A380 operations, Vienna Airport has embarked on a long term project that includes changes to the apron infrastructure, investments in aircraft handling equipment, gate and boarding facilities, and airside terminal areas to ensure passengers have a smooth transition through the airport and onto the aircraft.
This special visit of the 80th A380 represented the final stage of the airport’s detailed planning, and put to test various technical procedures such as pier docking, movement of the aircraft on the apron into its correct parking position, specialised aircraft cleaning inside and out and the loading and unloading of catering and baggage. In order to provide a large enough space for the docking and handling of this wide body aircraft, four airport gates will be merged into one.