On Thursday, 21 January 2010, Geneva International Airport will have the pleasure of welcoming the A380 for the first time. The latest plane in the Airbus range will land at about 11:00 and will leave again at 15:45. The plane, which demonstrates the progress made in reducing fuel consumption and noise levels, will be parked next to the cargo hall.
This special flight will be part of a procedure to obtain certification as a clearance airport for the A380.
To enable the public to come and admire this giant of the air, which can accommodate up to 853 passengers, Geneva Airport will free up an area next to the cargo hall. One of the Palexpo esplanades also offers several hundred places. It is recommended that spectators come to the Airport by public transport: the 28 bus stops right next door, and the railway station is located nearby. A car park (paid parking, P49) is nevertheless available for those who choose to use their cars.
Please note that the public can not visit this test version of the aircraft.
Given the season, it is possible that weather conditions may prevent the Airbus A380 from landing. To ensure that people do not make the journey unnecessarily, GVA will put a news item on its website (www.gva.ch) that morning.