Confirmed: The Airbus A380 will be landing on runway 24R


I just got off the phone with the information desk at Trudeau Airport. Unless the weather does something unexpected, the first landing of the Airbus A380 will take place on Runway 24R at 12h30 tomorrow afternoon.

Contrail Aviation Photography has an excellent spotting guide for YUL. I’ll probably be at spot number 9 since I’m hoping to include the Mont Royal and the Oratory in the background. I’m not sure about the direction of the light though so I’ll do a quick scouting run and report back in a few hours.

Update I checked out the various spots at about 12h30. As you can see in the first two images, you can get a pretty good view from Chemin St-Francois but the sun will unfortunately be illuminating the left side of the airplane. You won’t be able to see the actual touchdown but the plane should emerge from behind a group of buildings with the front wheel still in the air.

The illumination from the end of Pitfield is marginally better since you might be able to position yourself to capture the well-illuminated left side. A note of warning, bring your fastest lens. Even at 1/200 sec, many of my side shots came out fuzzy.

Ultimately I found another spot that may not as close as those two but it should provide me with an interesting foreground. Where? I’m not telling. You can probably guess that the whole area will be an absolute madhouse come tomorrow.




Update II Can anybody confirm that planes are indeed coming in from the East this morning?

19 Comments so far

  1. Glyn (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 9:19 am

    I have been watching, and though very overcast and difficult to see at a distance, I hvae seen flights landing from out of the east by looking out my office window.

  2. HyeProfile (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 9:47 am

    I just tuned into Montreal ATIS information QUEBEC at 1400Z (0930 local). It’s reporting winds 150 at 10, landings on Rwys 24R & 24L (the A380s get queued on 24R because it’s a shorter taxi to the gate location). Unless the winds change, it’s gonna be the 24R…

  3. isabelle (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 10:11 am

    Hello, why cant we see the Arrival schedule of the A380 on the Pierre Elliott Trudeau web site ??

    Thank you


  4. Dr_Ts (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    The flight doesn’t seem to be listed on the ADM site (

    Does anyone know the Flight ID number so it can be tracked online?

  5. Nubs (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 10:22 am
  6. andre (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    According to this last site, it will arrive 10 min early which means that I really need to get my ass in gear. Fortunately the sky is clearing up.

  7. Nubs (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 10:46 am

    I was just in contact with YUL A/P. The aircraft is supposed to be in YUL area @ 12:05 and do a fly-by at 3000ft first.

  8. pnut (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 11:16 am

    on this the picture above the actual runway that the airbus is land today. bc i dont want be on the wrong side..

  9. Nubs (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

    380 just did fly-by of YUL airport. Hard to see much. Looks like Airbus colors. Sked to land in approx 20 mins

  10. Rob (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 12:23 pm


  11. Nubs (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    Touched down 12:21. Nubs~

  12. Rob (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

    So … when does it take off again?

  13. Dr_Ts (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

    beautiful & monstrous aircraft. A good many Montrealers were on hand to greet her. The SQ had fun keeping the traffic moving on the 13 and its approaches.

  14. Dr_Ts (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    beautiful & monstrous aircraft. A good many Montrealers were on hand to greet her. The SQ had fun keeping the traffic moving on the 13 and its approaches.
    I can’t wait to see your pictures. I got the tail really close up from position 11.

  15. H (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

    I was on 13 south as it landed, amazing view! That “bird” is so huge yet elegant! I’m so glad and proud that some local companies are part of the project.
    Does any one know at what time it’ll take off on thrusday and where would be the best place to see it taking off?

  16. h (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    So it’ll be leaving on tuesday and coming back on thursday?
    does anyone know the times?
    would love to see it again!

  17. viking (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    I believe it is scheduled to arrive from MCO on November 15th at 10 a.m. and take off for CDG that night at 10 p.m.

  18. Louis (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

    I’ve check with air France and was given a landig time in Montreal (YUL) of 1300 hrs.
    Can somebody confirm above.

  19. Nubs (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 10:44 pm

    We got to watch it take off earlier today. Not sure where it was headed since I’ve only read about a flight going to MCO. We had a bet running to see how far it would go down the runway before getting up in the air. This thing is really fast. They had it in the same as most of the larger aircraft. Nice to have a view of the runways from the office! You can get pretty close to see it at the end of Cote-Vertu road.

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