July 24, 2008

Emirates’ A380 Super Model is Uncovered

Ascale model of the A380 Airbus superjumbo is set to be unveiled at Heathrow Airport today.

The one-third scale model of the 800-seat superjumbo, whose wings are built at Filton, is being built on the site of the Emirates' Roundabout, formerly known as Concorde Roundabout.

More than 25 million travellers pass the roundabout on the approach to the Heathrow terminals each year, making it one of the advertising world's most valuable properties.

The replica A380, in the Emirates colours, will be more than twice the size of the Concorde model, which was based at Heathrow for 16 years until March 2007, when British Airways ended its association with the site. The Concorde model has now been moved to the Brooklands Aviation Museum in Surrey.

Earlier this month, the A380 model arrived in kit form at Heathrow aboard a Russian-built Antonov 124 cargo aircraft.

The model's sections have been pieced together around the clock throughout July.

Los Angeles-based model specialist Penwal reproduced the A380 after close liaison with Emirates and Airbus in Toulouse to ensure exact specifications.

The A380 model is 79ft long with a wingspan of 87ft.

It took five months to create the array of parts needed ahead of its arrival in London.

Emirates Airline president Tim Clark said: "While we don't plan to carry any passengers on this A380, we expect the model to become strongly associated with Heathrow and a striking icon for many millions of air travellers. Emirates is now, in every sense, a model airline."

Enquiries so far indicate that this will be the largest model of a commercial aircraft ever built.

Emirates is seeking to confirm this with Guinness World Records.

Emirates will next week take delivery of its first full-size A380 superjumbo - one of 58 it has ordered from Airbus.

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