Taiwan is A380 ready

22 Jul 2015 by Tamsin Cocks

After a year of enhancements, Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport welcomed its first Airbus A380 yesterday.

Emirates operated a special one-off service to become the first airline to land the giant aircraft in Taipei.

Flight EK366 was met by a water cannon salute before docking at gate C2.

“I am honoured to welcome the arrival of the Emirates A380 aircraft. Taoyuan Airport Corporation and all my colleagues share in the glory of today’s event,” said David Fei, president and CEO of Taoyuan International Airport Corporation.

“This event is the result of a year of preparations and we are proud to welcome the A380, which demonstrates Taoyuan Airport’s high quality facilities, equipment, and operational readiness,” Mr. Fei concluded.

The work required to make the airport superjumbo ready has included renovations of the taxiway, parking ramps, jet bridge, boarding gate, luggage carousel, check-in counter as well as firefighting capabilities.

Edwin Lau, Emirates’ vice president, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Guangzhou, said: “Emirates is honoured to be the first airline to land the A380 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Taiwan is an important market for Emirates, and we’ve witnessed increased demand from passengers since we began daily flights between Dubai and Taipei in February 2014.”

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