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Page 18 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC NOV- DEC, 2018 5G technologies to improve performance at Sydney’s new 10m-capacity airport ARUP has been chosen to under- take master planning for Austral- ia’s new Western Sydney Airport. Serving both domestic and in- ternational flights, the airport is due to open in 2026 with capac- ity for 10 million passengers and plans to grow to more than 80 million by the 2060s. There will be extensive road and rail links, with the airport the focus of a major business precinct. Graham Millett, chief execu- tive Western Sydney Airport has described it as Australia’s first smart airport. “Our planning for a 5G network across the airport site and plan- ning needs to consider oppor- tunities for 5G technologies to improve operations,” said Millet. He said functional airport plan- ning would be essential to the physical design of the terminal and airside facilities. “We want it to be easy for people to catch a plane and for airlines to minimise turnaround times for their aircraft – so early planning will be essential to inform the build. “We need the airport to be eas- ily expandable, as demand grows, without impacting operations.” Work to build the airport began in September. Meanwhile, two runways of equal length have been pro- posed for the airport, with one built during the first construc- tion stage. It will be 3,700m long and ca- pable of handling 63,000 aircraft movements a year. At full capacity, it will handle approximately 185,000 aircraft movements and 37 million pas- sengers a year. Construction of the second runway will be initiated based on demand by 2050. Once both the runways become operation- al, they will be able to serve 82 million passengers and handle approximately 370,000 aircraft movements annually. Antonov completes Taylor Swift contract STAGE and concert equipment for pop star Taylor Swift has been transported from Brisbane, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand, and then on to Narita airport in Tokyo, Japan by Antonov Airlines. The Ukrainian heavy lift carrier used two AN-124-100s to ferry the singer’s light-show system and equipment in November for the final leg of her global tour, ‘Reputation Stadium Tour’. “After evaluating all of the aircraft and air carriers capable of fulfilling the operational requirements of our client’s schedule, which required the uplift of 635 tons (576 metric tonnes) within 36 hours from Brisbane to Auckland, it became clear that the Antonov Airlines- operated AN-124 aircraft was ideal for the mission,” said David Bernstein, ceo of Rock-it Cargo, the forwarder for the Swift tour. “The roll-on, roll-off capability of the AN-124 combined with the impeccable planning and coordination resulted in an early delivery of all the gear to the Auckland concert venue.” Graham Witton, managing director of Antonov Airlines UK said: “Antonov’s AN-124-100 was the obvious choice because the equipment that was being transported needed the full floor space that the aircraft can provide. “ We met the challenge of an intense back-to-back concert schedule, and we sent out two crews to Australia to ensure that both aircraft could operate three rotations without any break for 24 hours.” In total, the two AN-124-100 aircraft flew nine flights, with six taking off from Brisbane airport and three leaving Auckland Airport for Tokyo.