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Old December 7th, 2010, 02:01 PM   #2341
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funny. right before I came onto this thread I was reading about this on wikipedia! there were restrictions on the type of livery used on concordes due to heat/peformance/safety issues. this pepsi livery was an exception and the plane had to fly slower than normal!
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Old December 7th, 2010, 02:58 PM   #2342
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Old December 7th, 2010, 07:26 PM   #2343
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Old December 8th, 2010, 01:06 AM   #2344
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Their planes are so dirty!
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Old December 8th, 2010, 03:30 AM   #2345
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woah! Emirates took the right decision of painting the belly! that must be a good camera too, looks so sharp!
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Old December 8th, 2010, 11:35 AM   #2346
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Increadible shots......where u have taken...
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Old December 8th, 2010, 01:06 PM   #2347
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I took that one at YYZ. A6-ADD
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Old December 8th, 2010, 01:23 PM   #2348
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Old December 8th, 2010, 03:49 PM   #2349
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Old December 8th, 2010, 09:27 PM   #2350
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WOW!

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Any new word on new A380 routes to be operated?
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Old December 9th, 2010, 05:22 AM   #2353
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Any new word on new A380 routes to be operated?
Singapore Airlines will start flying the Singapore - Los Angeles route with an A380 early next year.
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Old December 9th, 2010, 05:47 AM   #2354
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On their Twitter feed, Lufthansa announced they will be operated the A380 to JFK twice weekly starting Feb 15
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Old December 9th, 2010, 11:16 AM   #2355
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Old December 9th, 2010, 04:19 PM   #2356
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I've seen 5 at the same time
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Old December 10th, 2010, 08:54 PM   #2357
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More mighty a380's doing there thing up high



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Old December 14th, 2010, 11:29 AM   #2358
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SIA's new A380s will lose economy cabin on upper deck
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One of the advantages in booking an economy class ticket on one of SIA’s A380 super jumbos is that you get to sit on the upper deck. But take advantage of this facility while you can.

As regular travellers will testify this is the choicest location for economy passengers. The small upper deck cabin (located behind business class) has a club-like atmosphere and a quieter ambience than in the economy cabin’s main location on the A380’s lower deck. Passengers are accommodated eight-across (2-4-2) upstairs compared with ten-across (3-4-3) downstairs.

As the word has got around the upper cabin has become ever popular. A reader, recently returned from Sydney in economy class, reports that upstairs can be fully booked while choicer seats (with window or aisle locations) remain empty downstairs.

But all good things must come to an end. Although SIA has not announced the news officially, Business Traveller has learnt that the carrier’s 13th and subsequent A380s (scheduled for delivery in May 2011 onwards) will have the upper economy removed in favour of extending business class all the way to the back.

It means that these later A380s (SIA has a total of 25 on order) will accommodate more business passengers to meet demand. But this will be at the expense of those in economy class.

At the time of writing, it seems that SIA’s existing 12 A380s will retain their same configuration.

The reconfigured A380s are likely to appear on prime business routes such as Singapore to London Heathrow, Paris CDG and Zurich as well as the forthcoming Singapore-Tokyo-Los Angeles route (see Online news December 3).

The existing A380s (with the upper deck economy) would be rostered on sectors where business demand is not so high, such as Singapore to Melbourne and Sydney, or regional routes like Singapore to Hong Kong.

The good news is that readers have months or years to sample the upper deck economy class. It will be some considerable time before the new batch of A380s takes over.

In the meantime, passengers travelling from May onwards must check their seat assignments carefully. They must also note that airlines can, and do, make last minute plane changes.
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Old December 14th, 2010, 11:43 PM   #2359
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SIA must be making a killing on biz class to have the whole upper level dedicated to biz and first class.
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Old December 15th, 2010, 08:37 AM   #2360
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Qantas still expects Rolls fix
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SYDNEY -- Qantas Airways Ltd. will see revenue from its lucrative long-haul North American route fall but expects engine maker Rolls-Royce Group PLC to fix the problem that forced a Qantas A380 jetliner to make an emergency landing last month, barely avoiding a catastrophic accident.

"Overnight we've lost 5% of our capacity across the international network, and that obviously has an impact on what we can carry," said Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce, during an interview Tuesday in his 18th-floor office here. Mr. Joyce declined to estimate the size of the expected drop in revenue from the North American route.

Qantas grounded its fleet of six A380s for more than three weeks. It has now returned three of the jets to service between Australia and the U.K. after being satisfied that the planes meet technical requirements, Mr. Joyce said. The airline expects to put two new A380s into operation by Christmas, he added.

A key for Qantas is restoring the superjumbo jet, which can carry more than 450 people, to the Sydney-Los Angeles route. The 14-hour flight requires the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 jet engines that power the jets to operate at a level of thrust that is within their capacity but higher than normal, Mr. Joyce said.

The airline is waiting for U.K.-based Rolls-Royce to resolve technical issues before the planes can resume that service. "We have no doubt that Rolls-Royce will be able to fix the issue," said Mr. Joyce, 44 years old. "There's no reason why engines can't be designed to do this, and it just means they'll have to come up with what modifications are needed."

Qantas has filed a statement of claim with Australia's Federal Court to ensure that it can pursue legal action against the engine manufacturer if a compensation settlement isn't reached. European investment bank UBS AG estimates that the grounding of the Qantas A380 fleet could cost the airline 207 million Australian dollars (US$206 million) in lost revenue, including costs after the Nov. 4 incident.

The explosive failure of the No. 2 engine minutes after Flight QF32 left Singapore has put Rolls-Royce engines under scrutiny, as airlines that operate the A380 run a raft of safety tests.

Australian investigators believe an undetected oil leak, resulting from an improperly machined tube, ignited and led to internal failures that shattered a fast-spinning turbine disk. At least three metal chunks flew out of the engine and through the left wing of the plane. According to investigators, the fragments caused a fuel leak, severed key electrical systems and set off dozens of computerized warnings in the cockpit.

"The one thing to say about Rolls is this type of failure is very rare for them," said Mr. Joyce, who criticized the engine maker's communication concerning the incident.

"We think that a more proactive, open and transparent view is where you need to go on this, and you need to communicate that well. And that's been our view from day one," he said.

A spokesman for Rolls-Royce in the U.K. declined to comment.

Qantas has 14 more A380s on order from Airbus, a unit of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co.

Last financial year, Qantas reported A$13.77 billion in revenue, down 5.7% from a year earlier.

It attributed the results to a volcanic ash cloud that disrupted operations into Europe, as well as the continued effects of the global financial crisis. The company's shares traded in Sydney have fallen about 10% to A$2.70 since the Nov. 4 incident.

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Steve McGrath in London contributed to this article.
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