A380 Visits Bradley, Not on Purpose This Time

The local NBC affiliate reports that an A380 on its way from Dubai to New York was diverted to Bradley, presumably on Wednesday, when the story was posted.

The story offers few details about how long the plane was on the ground at Bradley, where previous diversions of international flights have not gone well. Bradley calls itself an international airport but these days there’s no real scheduled international traffic and hence no customs or immigration agents hanging around to process passengers. (Passengers on the scheduled flights from Canada are pre-processed by U.S. officials at the Canadian airports.)

So either the flight eventually took off again for New York or the passengers waited for customs and immigration officials to show up at Bradley so they could be processed through and sent by ground transportation to New York.  That could take a while. Emirates has two versions of the A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world, seating 489 and 496 passengers.

The last time an A380 visted Bradley was in 2007, and it had no seats at all. It was a test-flight aircraft visiting to show off its engines, built by a consortium with East Hartford-based Pratt & Whitney.

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