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Old December 22nd, 2010, 04:59 PM   #2381
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Australia's Qantas to return more A380s to service

SYDNEY, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways said it will have five Airbus A380 aircraft in service by the end of the week as it prepares to handle peak traffic at the start of the Southern hemisphere holiday season.

Qantas was forced to ground its six superjumbo aircraft after a Rolls-Royce engine on one of its A380s partly disintegrated mid-flight last month, forcing an emerging landing.

Qantas will have four of its older A380s in service this week and it will also add a new A380 to the fleet. It added that another new A380 is expected to arrive in January.

One of its older A380s remains under inspection while the A380 involved in November incident is being repaired.
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Trent trouble threatens Sydney-LAX
A380 flights to Los Angeles unprofitable with Trent 900s: Qantas
21 December 2010
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Qantas claims Rolls-Royce-imposed thrust limits would force it to operate crucial route with just 80 passengers

Qantas Airways will not be able to operate any of its Airbus A380s profitably on the Sydney-Los Angeles route if it uses its existing Rolls-Royce Trent 900 powerplants, says the carrier in a statement of claim against the engine manufacturer.

The carrier, which has filed a claim in the Federal Court of Australia, says each A380 would be able to carry only 80 passengers, instead of the typical 450, on the route due to thrust limitations on the engines.

Qantas filed the claim almost a month after one of its A380s experienced an uncontained engine failure on 4 November, resulting in an emergency landing at Singapore. The court has granted the carrier an injunction, which allows it to pursue legal action against R-R if a commercial settlement is not possible.

Qantas alleges that it was advised by R-R to not use any "mod B" or "mod C" Trent 900 engines if they had been operated more than 75 times at the maximum thrust level of 72,000lb (320kN).

R-R, which recommended measures to "minimise the severity of engine operation", allegedly told the carrier that earlier "mod A" engines should not be utilised at all. The Trent 900 engine that experienced the uncontained failure was an "A mod" powerplant, according to Qantas.

To keep to the thrust limitations, the carrier would have to ensure that its A380 aircraft carry a payload of no more than 30,000kg (66,080lb) if departing Los Angeles International Airport on runway 25L, or 20,000kg if departing the shorter 24L runway.

This would make it "uncommercial" for Qantas to operate its Trent 900-powered A380s on the route as "operation at that reduced level involves a reduction in carrying capacity such that typically only 80 passengers will be able to be transported", says the airline.

Before the 4 November incident prompted a grounding of six-strong Qantas' A380 fleet, a typical A380 flight operating from Los Angeles to Sydney or Melbourne carried up to 450 passengers and freight, it adds.

Qantas alleges that R-R may have been "misleading or deceptive" in its representations when it proposed its Trent 900 powerplant to the carrier, claiming the engine manufacturer "ought to have known and understood that the most important aspect of the A380 aircraft economics was the payload that the A380 aircraft would be able to carry on the LAX routes".

R-R says: "We continue to work closely with Qantas on operational and commercial matters but it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."
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Old December 30th, 2010, 04:02 AM   #2384
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Korean Air to start A380 flights in May
29 December 2010
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Korean Air, the country’s top air carrier, announced on Tuesday it would introduce a new two-story A380 aircraft that features only Business Class seats on the second floor in May.

The 407-seat aircraft, built in partnership with Airbus, will be composed of 12 First Class, 94 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats, according to company officials.

The cabin spaces will be wider than those in the current airplanes operated by Korean Air and it is likely to introduce social areas for its customers due to the increased space, officials said.

The air carrier plans to present a total of five A380 aircraft by the end of next year and additionally introduce another group of five by 2014.

The new aircraft will initially fly to nearby city destinations like Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok, but it will be used for long-term flights to the Americas and Europe beginning in August.

Earlier in June 2003, Korean Air and Airbus signed an agreement to purchase a total of eight A380 airplanes at the Paris Air Show.

It signed another contract last February to build two more A380s, becoming the first air carrier in Northeast Asia to make such large purchases.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #2385
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Trent trouble threatens Sydney-LAX
A380 flights to Los Angeles unprofitable with Trent 900s: Qantas
21 December 2010
Flight International

Qantas claims Rolls-Royce-imposed thrust limits would force it to operate crucial route with just 80 passengers

Qantas Airways will not be able to operate any of its Airbus A380s profitably on the Sydney-Los Angeles route if it uses its existing Rolls-Royce Trent 900 powerplants, says the carrier in a statement of claim against the engine manufacturer.

The carrier, which has filed a claim in the Federal Court of Australia, says each A380 would be able to carry only 80 passengers, instead of the typical 450, on the route due to thrust limitations on the engines.

Qantas filed the claim almost a month after one of its A380s experienced an uncontained engine failure on 4 November, resulting in an emergency landing at Singapore. The court has granted the carrier an injunction, which allows it to pursue legal action against R-R if a commercial settlement is not possible.

Qantas alleges that it was advised by R-R to not use any "mod B" or "mod C" Trent 900 engines if they had been operated more than 75 times at the maximum thrust level of 72,000lb (320kN).

R-R, which recommended measures to "minimise the severity of engine operation", allegedly told the carrier that earlier "mod A" engines should not be utilised at all. The Trent 900 engine that experienced the uncontained failure was an "A mod" powerplant, according to Qantas.

To keep to the thrust limitations, the carrier would have to ensure that its A380 aircraft carry a payload of no more than 30,000kg (66,080lb) if departing Los Angeles International Airport on runway 25L, or 20,000kg if departing the shorter 24L runway.

This would make it "uncommercial" for Qantas to operate its Trent 900-powered A380s on the route as "operation at that reduced level involves a reduction in carrying capacity such that typically only 80 passengers will be able to be transported", says the airline.

Before the 4 November incident prompted a grounding of six-strong Qantas' A380 fleet, a typical A380 flight operating from Los Angeles to Sydney or Melbourne carried up to 450 passengers and freight, it adds.

Qantas alleges that R-R may have been "misleading or deceptive" in its representations when it proposed its Trent 900 powerplant to the carrier, claiming the engine manufacturer "ought to have known and understood that the most important aspect of the A380 aircraft economics was the payload that the A380 aircraft would be able to carry on the LAX routes".

R-R says: "We continue to work closely with Qantas on operational and commercial matters but it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."
this is a total disaster for RR, they should compensate qantas for all the catastrophic failures the trent engines suffered
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Old December 31st, 2010, 11:14 AM   #2386
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Published: 28/12/2010 - Filed under: News »

Korean Air has released further details of the configuration of its first A380-800 Superjumbo to be delivered in May 2011.

As previously reported on Business Traveller (see online news October 21), Korean will feature a its lie-flat Prestige Class business seating (for details and pictures of the seats, click here)

The airline now says it will have a total of 94 of these seats on the Upper Deck, reserving it for premium flyers. Senior Vice President and head of the Passenger Business Division of Korean Air, Walter Cho says the effect will mean travellers will “...feel exclusivity like they’re travelling in their own private jet.”

The Prestige Class seats have 74 inches between seats and “extra large seat partitions” offering what Cho says is “normally the comfort and privacy reserved for First Class passengers on other airlines.”

Korean’s configuration of the A380 will mean it will have only 407 seats: 12 first class and 301 economy class seats on the first level, and the 94 Prestige Class seats on the upper deck. It is the first airline to devote the entire A380 second level to the business flyer, although as reported on Business Traveller (see online news December 11), Singapore Airlines is reportedly considering this for its new A380 deliveries in 2011.

Korean Air has ordered ten A380 aircraft with the first five to be delivered by the end of 2011 and an additional five by 2014. The airline will launch its A380s on short haul routes to Japan and East Asia in May, and then expand to Korean Air’s U.S. and European routes in August 2011.

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Old December 31st, 2010, 12:50 PM   #2387
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Airbus 2010 Order Intake At Least 50% Above Initial Forecast
30 December 2010

PARIS (Dow Jones)--This year's order intake for commercial aircraft builder Airbus will be at least 50% above the level that the Toulouse, France-based company had hoped for earlier in the year, Chief Executive Tom Enders has told employees.

In an end-of-year memo to staff, extracts of which were obtained by Dow Jones Newswires, Enders attributes this year's better-than-expected orders to the faster than expected recovery in demand for new aircraft following the slump in 2009 when airlines cut back fleet expansion and replacement plans as they grappled with the global recession.

"Overall, 2010 has been a good year, with a better than expected market recovery with, again, record commercial deliveries and an order intake which will be at least 50% higher than we expected it to be at the beginning of the year," Enders said in the memo.

Airbus executives have said in recent months that the company expects new gross orders--not taking into account cancellations--to exceed 500 this year, compared with 310 in 2009. Airbus has reported 440 new orders over the first 11 months of this year, or a net total of 388 after 52 cancellations. At the beginning of 2010, Airbus predicted that it would take between 250 and 300 orders by year-end.

Airbus is a wholly-owned unit of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. NV (EAD.FR).

An Airbus spokesman confirmed the text of the memo and also confirmed that Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines Corp. (CEA) has signed a purchase agreement worth $3.22 billion on the basis of list prices to buy 50 narrow-bodied Airbus A320 aircraft to expand its fleet. However, the Airbus official wasn't immediately able to say whether China Eastern's order is an allocation of aircraft from earlier bulk orders by the Chinese government.

Enders also told employees that by the end of this week Airbus will have delivered a record number of aircraft in 2010. The company already achieved a record performance in 2009 when it handed over 498 aircraft to its customers. Over the first 11 months of this year, Airbus has delivered 461 jetliners, or 21 more than its American rival Boeing Commercial Aircraft Co (BA).

Enders will present Airbus's 2010 achievements at a press conference on Jan. 14.

The delivery schedule of the flagship double-decker A380 has been disrupted as Airbus grapples with the aftermath of a serious incident last month when one of the four Rolls-Royce PLC (RR.LN) engines on a Qantas Airways Ltd (QA.AU) A380 blew apart during a flight. The Airbus spokesman confirmed that an A380 that was supposed to be delivered by year-end will now be handed over early next year.

Earlier this month, Tom Enders had told employees that the total A380 delivery tally for 2010 would likely be 19 aircraft, down from the original target of at least 20. The latest delay means that only 18 of the superjumbos with a list price of $346.3 million will be delivered this year, up from 10 in 2009.
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Qantas set to resume A380 flights to LA - paper

SYDNEY, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways is set to announce this week the resumption of its Airbus A380 flights to Los Angeles from January 17, the Australian Financial Review said on Wednesday in an unsourced report.

The airline grounded its super jumbo fleet after a Rolls-Royce engine disintegrated mid-flight in November, but it has resumed A380 flights to London.

Qantas declined to confirm the report on resuming flights to Los Angeles, one of its most-profitable routes but the longest served by its A380s.

"We are working towards resuming services to Los Angeles as soon as possible based on the advice from our engineering department and stakeholders, but we are not in position to make a comment yet," a company spokesman said.

The airline is expecting the delivery of a new Airbus A380 in January, which will bring its super jumbo fleet to eight.

One of its A380s remains under inspection while the aircraft involved in the November incident is being repaired.

Qantas shares have lost nearly 14 percent since the engine explosion.
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Cathay Pacific to Rely on Long-Haul Aircraft to Expand Operations in Asia
By Wing-Gar Cheng - Jan 4, 2011
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Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Hong Kong’s biggest carrier, plans to boost operations in Asia with the “intelligent misuse” of long-haul aircraft rather than building up a fleet of single-aisle planes.

The carrier will continue flying widebody planes on Asian routes as these aircraft would otherwise be idle during the day after making overnight intercontinental trips, outgoing Chief Executive Officer Tony Tyler said in an interview yesterday in Hong Kong. The airline last year ordered 36 Airbus SAS A350 and Boeing Co. 777-300ERs to expand its fleet.

“A lot of the capacity for these long-haul aircraft will be used in the region,” said Tyler, who will leave Cathay on March 31 to become head of the International Air Transport Association. “What we’ve done over the years, quite successfully, is what we called the intelligent misuse of aircraft.”

The carrier will transfer some widebody A330s from its mainline fleet to regional unit Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. as it boosts China services, Tyler said. By largely shunning narrowbodies, the carrier pares costs and increases capacity for carrying passengers and freight on regional routes, he said.

“It’s prudent for Cathay to put capacity in Asia where there’s growing demand,” said Kelvin Lau, an analyst at Daiwa Capital Markets Hong Kong Ltd., who has a “holding” rating on the carrier. “The U.S. and European markets aren’t recovering as quickly at this stage and uncertainties over demand remain.”

Visitor arrivals in China, the world’s fastest growing major economy, rose 5.9 percent in the first 11 months of 2010.

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Cathay Pacific is due to take delivery of nine widebody passenger planes this year -- three Airbus A330-300s and six Boeing 777-300ERs -- helping it boost capacity about 11 percent. As of June, the carrier’s mainline unit operated 128 planes, all of which were widebodies. Dragonair had a fleet of 30 planes, including 16 single-aisle aircraft. These planes are generally used to start services on new routes, Tyler said.

“I don’t see Dragonair becoming a huge operator of narrowbodys,” he said. “The economics of those aircraft are not great.”

Cathay rose 3 percent to close at HK$22.40 in Hong Kong yesterday. The stock climbed 48 percent in 2010, compared with a 5.3 percent gain for the benchmark Hang Seng Index.

The airline has so far rejected ordering Airbus’s double- decker A380 to instead build its fleet around 777s. The carrier opted for these smaller aircraft as they let it offer greater frequencies on long-haul routes, Tyler said.

The airline may eventually look at adding A380s, especially if Toulouse, France-based Airbus can make the plane more efficient through the addition of new engines or the introduction of a stretched version, Tyler said.

“We would like to see it improve as an aircraft,” he said. Still, “I’m sure Cathay Pacific will one day have another really good look at it.”
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Asiana orders six A380s
By Ghim-Lay Yeo Jan
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South Korea's Asiana Airlines has placed an order for six Airbus A380s, and plans to take delivery of them from 2014.

The Star Alliance carrier will operate the superjumbo jet on routes to Europe and the USA, says Airbus. It has yet to select engines for the A380s.

"With the A380, Asiana will be able to take its award-winning service to a new level, offering the very highest standards of comfort in the sky," says Asiana's president and CEO Yoon Young-Doo.

"At the same time, the significantly reduced operating costs and fuel efficiencies afforded by the aircraft will enable us to enhance our productivity and reduce our carbon footprint. This is in line with our policy to operate one of the most modern and environmentally-friendly fleets in the world."

The airline did not give details of how its A380s will be configured but Airbus says Asiana's A380s will have a "premium layout".

"The order is a further endorsement of the A380 as the most efficient tool to meet demand on the world's most heavily travelled routes, especially out of the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region," says Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy.

Asiana's order for the superjumbo jet is the first announced since a Qantas Airways A380 was involved in an uncontained engine failure during a Singapore-Sydney flight on 4 November.

Besides the A380, Asiana already has 30 A350s and two Boeing 777-200ERs on order, according to Flightglobal's ACAS database.

Including today's order, Airbus has 240 firm orders for the A380 from 18 customers.
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Rolls-Royce, British Airways Complete $5bn Trent Engine Contracts
6 January 2011

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Rolls-Royce PLC (RR.LN), the global power systems company, said Thursday it has completed contracts for Trent 900 and Trent 1000 engines to power up to 61 new wide-body aircraft with British Airways PLC (BAY.LN).

MAIN FACTS:

-The order, originally announced in September 2007 and worth in excess of $5 billion at list prices if all options are exercised, is for Trent 900 engines to power 12 Airbus A380 aircraft, with a potential additional seven options, and Trent 1000 engines to power 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with 18 options.

-The contracts include TotalCare long-term support agreements.

-Rolls Royce shares closed Wednesday at 654.0 pence.
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SEOUL (Dow Jones)--In a move to offer more comfortable long-haul flights to the U.S. and Europe, South Korea's Asiana Airlines Inc. (020560.SE) said Thursday it will spend as much KRW2.046 trillion ($1.8 billion) to purchase six Airbus A380-800 aircraft, becoming the first airline to place an order for the jumbo aircraft since early November.

Airbus has been grappling with the aftermath of a serious incident last year, when Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) had to ground its A380 flights after one aircraft made an emergency landing due to a faulty engine. Rolls-Royce Group PLC. (RR.LN) was the maker of the engine on that flight and Airbus has now offered to let Asiana choose the maker of its engine.

Asiana has become the second airline in South Korea, after bigger rival Korean Air Lines Co. (003490.SE), to add the jumbo jets to its fleet. South Korea's No. 2 airline company by sales said in a statement the first A380 should enter service with the airline in 2014 on routes to the U.S. and Europe.

"We expect the free trade agreement with the U.S. and South Korea's inclusion in the U.S. visa waiver program will help boost travel across the Pacific Ocean," Asiana President and Chief Executive Yoon Young-doo said in a statement. "An average of 5% growth is expected annually on the long-haul routes out of the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region."

The six planes will be delivered between April 1, 2014 and Dec. 31 2017, the airline said.

Airbus said in a separate statement Thursday: "The carrier (Asiana) will make an engine selection for its A380 fleet in the near future."

An Asiana official said the airline has several engine options to choose from, without elaborating on the potential options or the timeframe by which it expects to make the choice.

With the introduction of A380s, Asiana said it expects to significantly cut operating and fuel costs, helping it improve its productivity and reduce its carbon footprint.

Korean Air has 10 A380-800 planes on order, with five of them to be delivered this year, starting from May, and the remaining five between 2012 and 2014, the airline has said earlier.

For its 10 A380s, Korean Air said it had ordered GP7200 engines, the product of Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric Co. (GE) and Pratt & Whitney. Korean Air didn't provide the contract value.
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