Discovery takes flight with “X-Ray Mega Airport” series

Discovery Networks International is to go behind the scenes of one of the world's busiest aviation hubs with a five-part series entitled X-Ray Mega Airport, which will explore the inner workings of Germany's Frankfurt Airport (pictured).
December 2, 2014

Discovery Networks International (DNI) is to go behind the scenes of one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs with a five-part series entitled X-Ray Mega Airport, which will explore the inner workings of Germany’s Frankfurt Airport (pictured).

Produced by London-based indie Voltage TV, the series will follow the airport’s day-to-day routines, machines and people using computer-generated imaging (CGI) techniques, graphics and scans.

Examples of the stories to be pursued include a look at the brain of a pilot landing an aircraft in crosswinds, and an examination of an Airbus A380 superjumbo’s 20,000 individual pieces. Another episode will focus on the airport’s conveyor belt system, and how controllers are able to instantly locate a single piece of luggage out of 140,000.

“While many may know what it’s like to be an airplane passenger, we’re excited to bring to life all of the fascinating stories they are not necessarily as familiar with – whether they are those of the airport operations and handling teams, air traffic control, security, engineers or one of the many other individuals involved in maintaining and supporting the complexities of a major hub airport,” said Liz Brach, executive producer for DNI, in a statement.

“The staff and crew at Frankfurt Airport have presented the perfect location to cultivate these stories and have been an extraordinary partner for us in developing this series.”

X-Ray Mega Airport is scheduled to air next spring across DNI channels. The series is exec produced by Brach for Discovery, with Richard Dale and Sanjay Singhal serving as exec producers for Voltage.

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