Emirates’ A380 model rises at Heathrow


It won’t please everyone, particularly those aficionados of the BAC-Aerospatiale Concorde, but this is the new Emirates A380 gateway model under construction at London Heathrow Airport.



The model, built by California-based Penwal Industries, arrived in an Antonov An-124 freighter operated by Russia‘s Polet in early July. The missing ‘m’ and ‘t’ from the ‘Emirates’ logo (these letters will be added later) mark the location where the nose section joins the fuselage barrel – a join which, to me, looks like it needs to be straightened.



Once completed – the engines still need attaching – the aircraft will occupy the prominent position north of runway 09L/27R which, for several years, was the site of a one-third scale British Airways Concorde model before the carrier chose to withdraw the advertising budget, and Emirates decided to move in.



Emirates will take delivery of its first A380 on 28 July, an event which Flight will be covering from Hamburg and Dubai. It will put the aircraft into service on 1 August. The model will be ‘operational’ once it is formally unveiled on 23 July.



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6 Responses to Emirates’ A380 model rises at Heathrow

  1. Bruce 13 July, 2008 at 10:31 pm #

    For those wishing to know more about the An124-100 and the Russian operator,Polet, that brought the Emirates model to UK then visit http://www.An124.com


  2. Mohammed Fadlallah 21 July, 2008 at 7:43 pm #

    I don’t know if Emirates is paying for this brilliant advert of the Emirates A380 or BAA was so generous to do that. In both cases, excellent idea, it added more beauty to the marvelous Heathrow airport and excellent BAA services.

  3. David Kaminski-Morrow 21 July, 2008 at 10:14 pm #

    Emirates is certainly paying to use the site, Mohammed. The Middle Eastern carrier competed for the right to use the space, once it was vacated by British Airways, and formally took over in April 2007.

  4. Diane Bader 23 July, 2008 at 10:11 pm #

    Anyone interested in learning more about Penwal, the A380 model builder, visit the website http://www.penwal.com – this specialty fabricator builds very cool stuff!


  5. John Bowler 24 July, 2008 at 6:02 pm #

    Here are some pictures of the real one (MSN011, A6-EDA) in action:


  6. Peter 26 July, 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    The company responsible for the whole logistics and freight management is EP-Team. For more information on this Freight Management Company go to http://www.ep-team.com

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