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World's biggest passenger aircraft to land at Beja airport

bejaA use for Beja airport at last, with the defunct former military air base scheduled to receive the largest passenger aircraft in the world.

Portugal's Hi Fly has acquired two Airbus monsters, model A380, and plans to land one at the Alentejo airport at 17:00hrs on Monday 23rd July.

The A380 has a list price of §450 million, can carry up to 853 people, has a maximum takeoff weight of 575 tons with the lowest carbon foot print per passenger per kilometre of any currently available commercial aircraft, according to Airbus. Orders also have been placed by Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Air France, Qantas and British Airways

The §2.5 billion Hi Fly fleet of aircraft is supported by over 800 air crew and pilots.

Hi Fly, a Portuguese success story, is dedicated to lending aircraft to fill in scheduled airlines’ gaps. The company operates worldwide and covers short and medium-term service gaps and seasonal needs.

This so called ‘wet lease’ service stands for the provision of a fully-maintained aircraft, crew and third party insurance. Hi Fly operates from Portugal and Malta and provides only Airbus models with capacity from 150 to 500 seats.

The landing of an A380 at Beja airport should attract much press coverage and highlight the facility’s lack of use by commercial airlines.

 

 

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0 #4 Verjinie 2018-07-22 14:19
Quoting Peter Booker:
I scanned your report, Ed, for sight of passengers. I suppose that this flight may be a test flight - if so, perhaps we shall see just how prepared is this white elephant of an airport to receive up to 500 passengers at once. And how many buses are required to take these fortunate few to their destinations.

As usual, succinct, altho '500' px could be the minimum.
"lowest carbon foot print per passenger per kilometre of any currently available commercial aircraft" - to me, this is just ad jargon and means VERY LITTLE when compared with other air-polluting engines.
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0 #3 Mike Harris 2018-07-22 07:48
Friends living locally often speak of Beja airport and its lack of use. It will need large sums spent on sprucing it up if it is to be seen as viable; they say that the over grown, weed filled, carpark gives you your first impression. For a new arrival .... of Portugal.
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+2 #2 Rob Talbot 2018-07-21 08:29
This story would dovetail nicely into any of ADN's recent TAP alleged success story articles. Helping explain how the shiny new (but still seriously indebted) TAP will be modernising its fleet without increasing its debt through buying new aircraft.
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0 #1 Peter Booker 2018-07-20 18:18
I scanned your report, Ed, for sight of passengers. I suppose that this flight may be a test flight - if so, perhaps we shall see just how prepared is this white elephant of an airport to receive up to 500 passengers at once. And how many buses are required to take these fortunate few to their destinations.
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