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What do you call the function of the preparation of an aircraft before takeoff e.g. the refuelling, empting toilets, filling new water, loading new food and loading luggage basically all the ground work while the aircraft is parked at the gate. I’m looking for one word.

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Guys

What do you call the function of the preparation of an aircraft before takeoff e.g. the refuelling, empting toilets, filling new water, loading new food and loading luggage basically all the ground work while the aircraft is parked at the gate. I’m looking for one word.

Thanx
Phillip
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A bit of a nostalgic moment - dropped off the relatives at the airport this morning, on the drive home I realised that I'd probably just visited Durban International for the last time...
 

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^^ I pretty much only go to the airport whenever Little Annoying Sister has her breaks from UCT or the Aussie relatives come over - there's no business travelling for me, and I seldom have time or funds to go away myself. So yes, I don't have any trips to the airport scheduled for around 11 months. :)
 

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While we're on the subject, and getting back on topic a little - while my Aussie relatives were over, we were discussing the possibility of Singapore Airlines maybe coming back to Durban. Would be convenient for us and for them, as we'd be able to get to that part of the world without having to go through JNB.

What I was thinking: obviously SQ would retain their direct JNB-SIN flights, but do you think that possibly changing their CPT-JNB-SIN routing to CPT-DUR-SIN would work out for them (if, of course, they do decide to return to DUR one day)?
 

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^^ That sounds like a good idea to me... but it's just my opinion. :)

I have said before, do think seasonal carriers to Cape Town, should do the NOV-APR run to CPT and then switch their seasonal services to DBN from MAY-OCT. Take advantage of both cities' high season periods and times of best weather.
 

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If my contacts are correct, besides the middle eastern concern (Emirates, Qatar & Etihad) Singapore was the first Asian airline that wanted to have talks with Dube & ACSA, this was in 2008, when the project just begun. Cathay then also showed brief intrest but pulled out.
 

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In view of information that the 12 air side parking bays are too small for larger aircraft 747's etc .....Is it a practice, or can it be done that one (larger type) aircraft takes up 2 parking bays?
 

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Technically yes (I've seen it done in Sydney when Qantas used a 747-300 for my flight to Perth), but in KSIA's case, I don't think so - photos suggest that those airbridges have very limited vertical movement and no horizontal movement.

I'm now thinking - do you suppose that the gates at the far northern end of the airside corridor would be designed to be used for either domestic or international as required?
 

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...old news on ECR

Dbn International to close end April

13 January 2010 - 13:17
By Benita Enoch

Durban International Airport will effectively cease to exist from the end of April this year.


Airports company, ACSA, has confirmed this to Newswatch, adding that from 1 May, all flights landing in or taking off from Durban, will be from the new airport at La Mercy.

In October last year, Transport minister S'bu Ndebele said Durban International would only be decommissioned after the Soccer World Cup, so that the city would be able to absorb the influx of passengers expected during the tournament.

But Naidoo says, this is not the case. He adds that all concerns about the new airport's load carrying ability, should be laid to rest.

"Currently, at Durban [International] Airport, we are handling 4.5 million passengers, per annum. The new airport at La Mercy is being built with a capacity to handle 7.5 million passengers.

"We've got a brand new, fully automated baggage system, that's already been installed and tested there. That will cater for all flights, [whether] internationally or domestically.

http://www.ecr.co.za/kagiso/content/en/east-coast-radio/east-coast-radio-news?oid=530769&sn=Detail&pid=490476&Dbn-International-to-close-end-April
 
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