On January 22, Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (TFU/ZUTF) welcomed 6 civil airliners for test flights. In the morning, the flagships of some major Chinese carriers, including China Southern Airlines’ A380, Sichuan Airlines’ A330, Air China’s Boeing 747-8 and China Eastern’s Boeing 777-300ER, took off from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and arrived at Chengdu Tianfu International Airport. The two airports are about 75 kilometers apart and the flight takes about 18 minutes.
The runway for testing (01/19) is the runway of highest grade (4F category) and the only runway at ZUTF that can accommodate the Airbus A380.
Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, as a national aviation hub planned for the 13th Five-Year Plan, is 1.8 times the size of Shuangliu T2, second only to Beijing Daxing International Airport, and can meet the demand of 90 million passengers per year. The test flight is a comprehensive test of the airport’s flight procedures, communication and navigation equipment, runway and taxiway systems, ramp facilities and equipment, as well as comprehensive security capabilities, and is an important precondition for industry acceptance and the validation of aeronautical information. the arrival of six passenger aircraft means that the airport has taken a big step forward towards the start of operations.
At present, the main project and supporting facilities of Tianfu International Airport are basically completed, and the terminal finishing is in full swing. After the airport comes into operation, Chengdu will become the third city in the mainland China to have two international airports after Beijing and Shanghai.
Air China B747-8 (B-2486) credit: Boeing
China Eastern B777-300ER CIIE livery (B-2002) credit: Boeing
Lucky Air B737-800 (B-7992) credit: Boeing
Sichuan Airlines A330-300 Universiade livery (B-5945) credit in photo
China Southern A380-800 (B-6136) credit in photo
Chengdu Airlines Comac ARJ21 (B-603P) credit in photo
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