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TIN news:    Heathrow Airport's new Terminal 2 is now in operation, handling its first passenger flights on 4 June 2014.
In an effort not to repeat the plagued 2008 Terminal 5 opening process, Terminal 2 is being opened-up in phases. Ten per cent of its capacity is being used in the first instance, with United Airlines the sole resident airline so far. Other carriers, though, will soon move in, ultimately reaching a total of 26.
According to Heathrow Airports Ltd, once completely opened, Terminal 2 will be the gateway to 54 of the world's airports, with 332 flights operating each day.

Heathrow Terminal 2
Heathrow Terminal 2 cost £2.5 billion to develop and build and represents just one aspect of an £11 billion infrastructure upgrade programme. Named 'The Queen's Terminal', it will be inaugurated on 23 June by HM The Queen herself. Innovative aspects of Heathrow Terminal 2 include a John Lewis outlet - the first ever airport store for a group that's just one of the 33 retailers represented there.
Heathrow Terminal 2 features 60 check-in gates plus 66 self-check-in booths, complemented by 29 security lanes. No less than 118,000 components make up the terminal, from escalators all the way down to light fittings. Its opening is the culmination of a six month trials programme, during which time 100,000 pieces of luggage have been processed by the terminal's baggage system.

First Heathrow T2 Flight
The first Heathrow T2 flight - a United Airlines Boeing 767 - touched down in the early hours of Wednesday morning. On board were 189 people, including 11 crew members. "We're extremely proud to be the first airline to operate from T2", said United Airlines' UK and Ireland sales director, Bob Schumacher. "Heathrow is one of the most important airports in United's global network, and T2 represents a huge improvement in the service and facilities we are able to provide to all our customers."
"T2 is the culmination of an £11bn investment programme that has transformed Heathrow for passengers", added development director for Heathrow, John Holland-Kaye. "Our measure of success is not everything running perfectly on day one; there will inevitably be things we can improve. Our real measure of success is whether T2 comes to be rated by passengers as one of the world's best airport terminals for years to come."

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