The first plane has landed at the new Paris airport. But the historic touchdown on?
The first plane has landed at the new Paris airport. But the historic touchdown on 25 Sept did not mark the opening of services to the new airport at Roissy-en-France. The unusual looking Super Guppy was carrying a flight simulator from Canada for installation at the airport.
Work is progressing well on the project, with the runways, control tower and administration block already built and the main terminal constructions well under way. The airport is expected to be open by Easter 1974 -- possibly at the same time Concords is brought into operation by Air France, who will be the airport's biggest single user.
The airport will have five main terminals, each with a 4,000-place multi-storey car park. Passengers will complete all travel formalities at the appropriate central terminal, and then progress by undercover mobile "walkway" to one of seven "satellites" where the aircraft will wait. The thirty-five satellite terminals are expected to cope with 70 million passengers a year by the late 1980s. The total airport site covers 30 square kilometres -- an are roughly a third the size of Paris.
SYNOPSIS: Work is well under way on a new airport for Paris. It's at Roisey-en-France, about twelve miles from the centre of Paris -- until now a little-developed area.
Eventually there will be five terminals like this, and each will have seven satellites where planes will be handled.
Covered sidewalks will take the passengers to and from the terminals where flight formalities will be carried out. The first aircraft has already landed.
It was a DC 10-30 -- better known as the Super Guppy.
The strange-looking plane also notched up another first -- its' cargo. Its was carrying a flight simulator which will be installed at the airport -- it's the first time a simulator of this particular type has been delivered form Canada to Europe.
The airport is expected to be in use within two years -- probably in time for the first regular service by the supersonic Concorde airliner.