September is Airbus A380 month
at Birmingham Airport!!
last updated Tuesday 8 September 2009
The new "double deck" Airbus A380 "superjumbo"
will be making two visits to Birmingham Airport
during September 2009
On Wednesday 9 September 2009 an Airbus A380
of Emirates is scheduled to operate their lunchtime
service from/to Dubai in place of the usual Boeing
777-300ER – the schedule for the day is –
Arrive Birmingham 1235 - flight EK 039 from Dubai
Depart Birmingham 1505 - flight EK 040 to Dubai
.The Emirates Airbus A380 is visiting Birmingham for the
official opening of new International Pier and to mark the
Airport's 70th anniversary
For the full Emirates Release - and more information on
the Airport's 70th Anniversary and the new International
Pier please scroll down
Airbus A380 A6-EDE has been provisionally allocated
to operate the flight - scheduled arrival time is 1235
Based on the current forecast for Wednesday the aircraft
will land on Runway 33 at BHX....
.... and will park on stand 54C on the new International Pier
- see below for a 777-300ER parked on this stand
Subject tailwind on the day the A380 will depart off Runway 15
- this will ensure both the landing and take off take place in
front of the terminal/new International Pier
To monitor its movements ATC frequencies are -
BHX approach/radar - 118.050
BHX tower - 118.300
BHX ground - 121.800

Are you A380 ready? - BHX is!!

In addition to the Emirates A380 the following are expected to
visit on Wednesday to help celebrate BHX's 70th birthday -
Classic Flight Dragon Rapide G-AGTM will be coming over from
Coventry - ETA circa 1100 - to be ready to have its photo taken
next to the Emirates A380 - a Rapide having operated the first
service from the Elmdon terminal (above) back in 1939!
Two "retro" schemed airliners should visit during the day -
KLM Boeing 737-800 PH-BXA which is in their 90th
anniversary scheme is planned to operate the KL 1423
from Amsterdam at 1030 - it departs as the KL1424 at 1130
Lufthansa Airbus A321 D-AIRX which is in their retro
scheme is planned to operate the LH 4904 from Frankfurt
at 1745 - it departs as the LH 4905 at 1825
Above aircraft allocations subject to change!!
On the lighter side 20 "classic" light aircraft are expected
to be present on the Elmdon apron (west side of airport)
Details of the aircraft expected will appear when available
While visitors are welcome to come and see the Airbus A380
of Emirates and the other visiting aircraft at Birmingham it is
important to note that these visits are not an "air show" and that
the airport will be operating normally on the day and in particular
the usual parking restrictions and charges will apply in the
and around the Terminal area
For a guide to viewing around the airport please see -
There are plenty of freely accessible areas on the
western/Sheldon side of the airport away from the terminal
On Wednesday 9 September 2009 visitors to the Terminal
site will be directed to the Long Stay Car Park which costs
£7 for a stay of up to 4 hours - £12 over 4 hours
There is also a Multi Storey Car Park on the Elmdon
(old airport) site that gives good views over the airfield
Rate - £2 for upto 3 hours
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Emirates Press Release

Emirates will be giving Birmingham International Airport a
super-sized birthday present when it flies in the Airbus A380
“superjumbo” on Wednesday 9th September 2009 for the
airport’s 70th birthday party and official opening of its new
International Pier.
The world’s largest airliner will be used on one of Emirates’ two
daily services to Dubai, giving passengers from the region the first
ever chance to fly directly to or from Birmingham on the A380.
Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, says: “Emirates and
Birmingham International Airport have enjoyed a successful
partnership since we started services in 2000, and it’s fitting that
we should mark this significant milestone in the airport’s history
by flying in our most talked about aircraft.
“We hope that many travellers from around the region will take
advantage of this opportunity to fly on the superjumbo for the
first time. With the range of amenities we have on board,
including the world’s first Onboard Shower Spas in First Class,
we are sure they won’t be disappointed.”
Joe Kelly, Birmingham International Airport’s Deputy Chief
Executive Officer, said: “Our 70th anniversary is a fantastic
milestone for the airport and we are delighted that Emirates is
helping us celebrate our birthday with the A380. Additionally,
this is the first commercial flight of an A380 outside of London
Heathrow in the UK.“

As well as celebrating our 70th anniversary, Wednesday
9th September 2009 is also the official opening date of our
new £45 million International Pier. The Pier replaces the
existing Pier, constructed in 1984, with state of the art facilities
and it is therefore very fitting that the Emirates’ Airbus 380
will be one of the first aircraft to use it.”
Passengers from the region will have two chances to fly on the
double decker on 9th September, with a choice of First, Business
or Economy Class cabins. Flight EK040 departs from Birmingham
at 3.05pm, arriving into Dubai at 1.05am (local time). Alternatively,
passengers can fly into Birmingham on the A380 earlier in the day.
Flight EK039 departs from Dubai at 8.05am (local time) arriving
in Birmingham at 12.35pm.
Prices to fly on the Airbus A380 from Birmingham on Wednesday
9th September 2009 start from £361 in Economy Class, £1,965 in
Business Class and £2,867 in First Class. For reservations, contact
a travel agent or visit
Emirates Airbus A380 schedule to BHX
on Wednesday 9 September 2009 -
Arrive 1235 EK 039 from Dubai

Depart 1505 EK 040 to Dubai

On Saturday 5 September 2009 Airbus A380 F-WWOW
of Airbus be made two flypasts at BHX as part of a flying
UK tour on that date - for photos see -


Birmingham "Elmdon" Airport opened on 1 May 1939
For a historical perspective please see -
For an overview of the International Pier project please see -
To see the changing skyline of BHX over the last year see -


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