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Hartsfield-Jackson plans to accommodate
world’s largest passenger jet
By A.B. Snedeker

The world’s largest passenger aircraft soon will be cleared for landing at Hartsfield-Jackson. The Airport has begun a project to enhance airfield accessibility for the Airbus A380.

The Atlanta City Council approved a legislative task order for architectural and engineering services to widen sections of taxiway and runway to accommodate the double-decker, 500-plus-passenger jumbo jet. When this work is completed, the airfield will meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for handling A380 operations.

The four-engine A380 could land and take off today at Hartsfield-Jackson, but its outboard engines would extend beyond paved taxiway and runway surfaces. This would require manual inspections of the airfield for foreign object debris before and after each A380 operation.

Sections of some midfield taxiways will be widened from 145 feet to 162 feet, and a section of Runway 27R will be widened from 220 feet to 250 feet.

“Enhancing our infrastructure to handle the A380 strengthens the Airport’s position as an economic engine and helps secure Atlanta’s place as a world-class city and gateway to the United States,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller.

The A380 entered service with the world’s airlines in 2007. It operates in U.S. airports in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Korean Airlines and Lufthansa, which both operate at Hartsfield-Jackson, have expressed interest in providing A380 service.

Upgrades at the Airport will enable Airbus A380 aircraft such as this to land and take off at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Upgrades at the Airport will enable Airbus A380 aircraft such as this to land and take off at Hartsfield-Jackson.


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