Fri, Apr 15, 2005
Aviation Experts to Meet in Frankfurt for Airbus A380
Managers from major European airports, airlines, equipment
manufacturers and other aviation experts will be gathering in
Frankfurt on April 28 to 29 to discuss the impact of the new Airbus
A380 superjumbo on the global air transportation industry. Hosted
by Fraport AG (FRA), the two-day "Welcoming the A380" conference
will be held at the Arabella Sheraton Hotel in Frankfurt-Niederrad.
This is the first industry conference and exhibition dedicated
solely to the Airbus A380.
UK-based Insight Media, which publishes Airport World magazine
for Airports Council International (ACI), is organising the
conference in close cooperation with Fraport AG. The conference
proceedings will be chaired by Prof. John D. Kasarda, director of
the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of
North Carolina. About 150 participants from around the world are
expected to attend.
Fraport AG's executive board chairman, Dr. Wilhelm Bender, will
present the welcome address on day one. Fraport has positioned
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to be a key superhub in the global A380
route network of the future.
The program of high-level speakers begins with a presentation
from Richard Carcaillet, who is responsible for A380 marketing at
Airbus. He will be followed by Fraport specialists who will be
reporting on preparations for the docking of double-decker A380
jets at FRA's terminals. Representatives from Dubai, New York-JFK,
Paris, and San Francisco airports will also be presenting.
Day two will start with a presentation on how ground handling
for the A380 will be done at Frankfurt Airport. For example,
Fraport envisages that aircraft handling times for the A380 should
not be any longer than for the existing B747 jumbo. Other speakers
include equipment suppliers, as well as airlines that will be using
the A380 in their fleets: Deutsche Lufthansa, Emirates and
An interactive podium discussion will talk about "how the A380
will reshape the travel industry." Participants will include Prof.
Uwe Klingauf of the recently founded European Center for Aviation
Development (ECAD) in Darmstadt, Germany, as well as
representatives from Singapore Airlines - the first air carrier to
begin commercial A380 service in 2006 - and the travel industry.
Delegates will also be able to tour A380-related facilities at FRA,
including the passenger terminals and the site of the future A380
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