Manchester Airport Receives First A380

6 September 2010 (Last Updated September 6th, 2010 18:30)

Manchester Airport in the UK has received the first Airbus A380 aircraft operated by Emirates Airlines. The airport has invested more than £10m ($15.4m) in the past 18 months to upgrade its airfield to accommodate the plane. The airport has reconstructed a new aircraft stand,

Manchester Airport in the UK has received the first Airbus A380 aircraft operated by Emirates Airlines.

The airport has invested more than £10m ($15.4m) in the past 18 months to upgrade its airfield to accommodate the plane.

The airport has reconstructed a new aircraft stand, equipped with an advance docking system to guide the pilot onto the stand and into the correct position for the unique double air bridge to connect.

Manchester Airport has also acquired two new fire-fighting vehicles, one with a turntable system with a 30m extending ladder, which can be extended over inflated emergency exit chutes.

Emirates will use the 500-seat aircraft to start its daily services between Dubai and Manchester, according to bi-me.com.