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New taxiway opens at Los Angeles Int'l Airport

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

May 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 1-million-pound Qantas Airbus A380 superjumbo jet became the first aircraft to travel the just-completed, $88-million, 3,437-foot Crossfield Taxiway Monday at Los Angeles International Airport.Two LAX fire trucks greeted Qantas Flight 11 as it landed from Sydney, Australia, and used the taxiway.

The new north-south taxiway was designed to accommodate the weight of A380s and similar jumbo aircraft.

The taxiway includes a bridge that was built over a city street and can accommodate aircraft weighing more than 1 million pounds.

Airport officials say the taxiway was complete six weeks ahead of schedule.