How quickly can an A380 be turned around?

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smit0847

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Im guessing QF do the fastest turnarounds of anyone in DXB where the same aircraft operates 2 legs of the same flight number (i.e. SYD-LHR turning around in DXB).

From my quick look at the flight timings it appears to be on the ground for only 90 minutes which seems like a remarkably quick turnaround? (00:35 - 2:05?). Im guessing it would take at LEAST 20+ minutes to disembark all passengers and crew, even with 3 bridges, and then surely at least 45 minutes to remove all rubbish, clean and then restock, which only leaves 25 minutes for new crew to enter and board all passengers, which, again, seems very ambitious given how early they start boarding A380s in MEL and SYD. And during this time they also need to remove some baggage, load others, remove and restock F&B carts, refuel, safety checks etc.

Is this how it works? Do they do a full clean and restock? Do I have my times wrong? I would have thought a standard comfortable A380 turnaround would be 3 hours - 1 hour each for disembarking, cleaning/restocking and boarding.

Does anyone know how many cleaners they have per A380 turnaround in DXB or MEL/SYD?
 

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Would they need a full restock or just carry enough catering/supplies from the home port? Thereby just needed to give Y a bit of a hosedown before everyone re-boards..
 

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I remember hearing in an A380 doco that one of the design requirements for the plane was that it could be turned around in 90 mins like most other planes. When I got off an A380 recently, I do remember seeing F&B trucks for each deck, otherwise I'm guessing that probably you have double the cleaning crews etc. working on the plane. After watching the Airport live doco on a while ago, they did say that some supplies like blankets, headphones and the in flight mags are carried from home, so I would say that a full restock of F&B does happen.
 

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There would be quite a lot of overlap in those timings. With enough air bridges in the right places to get pax off they could be cleaning F before some Y rows even bothered to stand up and leave. The same applies upstairs which will empty out quicker than Y. They'd be able to get the catering trucks in place and doors open while people were still leaving as well.

Luggage is easy - It'll all be containerised by destination so it's a matter of pulling out the containers of the leaving pax and putting the new ones in.
 
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There would be quite a lot of overlap in those timings. With enough air bridges in the right places to get pax off they could be cleaning F before some Y rows even bothered to stand up and leave. The same applies upstairs which will empty out quicker than Y. They'd be able to get the catering trucks in place and doors open while people were still leaving as well.

Luggage is easy - It'll all be containerised by destination so it's a matter of pulling out the containers of the leaving pax and putting the new ones in.

I remember I was on an A380 flight last year in the rear Y cabin downstairs. Upon arrival at the gate in HKG the caterers had their elevated container in place and were removing rubbish before we even moved to exit the plane.
 
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