04 Apr Pic(k) of the week 14: YOUR FLIGHT IS READY FOR BOARDING – Airbus A380, Nice

Source: Bjorn Moerman

As I’m approaching the aircraft for my next flight, I occasionally take a minute to reflect on where Aviation has taken us since the early days at the start of the 20th century. Although I’ve been flying jet-liners for close to 25 years, I don’t take things for granted…
We have come a long way! As an example, the distance covered on the first flight by the brothers Wright at the end of 1903, was less than the total length of the aircraft I fly for a living, the Airbus A380.
While the double deck, Airbus A380 does not need a longer runway compared to other wide-body aircraft (B747, B777, A330, A350…), an extra loading bridge to reach the Upper deck is desirable for optimal passenger handling. 
Even though the airport of Nice Cote d’Azur is relatively small, they did a while ago upgrade one of its gates to accept the A380. Another airport that recently has been upgraded is Brussels. Yours truly is planned to operate an ad-hoc A380 flight to Brussels on April 19th. It will be close to 16 years, since I last landed at the Brussels International airport.
The image below was shot at Nice airport in the South of France. I was especially attracted by the great light and the reflection on the side of the boarding gates. 

Image details:Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF23mm f2 lensISO 200, 1/950s, f5.6RAW development in Lightroom CC, including Black and White conversionMore Airliner images can be found in there respective gallery here

Although it was somehow taken out of context, Orville Wright once said; “No aircraft will ever fly from New York to Paris”.

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