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Old February 21st, 2011, 02:47 PM   #2581
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Kingfisher may cancel A380 and A350 orders
20 February 2011
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The UB Group-controlled Kingfisher Airlines may cancel its orders for Airbus A380s and A350s or swap these planes for smaller planes like A320s and A330s.

“We are reviewing our purchase plan of A380s and A350s. With our airline joining the Oneworld Alliance, we do not need these ultra long-haul aircraft any more. However, we have not started any negotiations with Airbus now,” said Kingfisher Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Aggarwal.

In 2005, Kingfisher became the only Indian airline to have ordered five A380s, but has deferred its deliveries once. These jumbos were to scheduled to join the airline in 2011 but were deferred till 2014.

The airline also ordered five A350s ultra long-haul aircraft in 2005 and the deliveries of these aircraft were to start from 2015.

Kingfisher is set to get global presence by joining the Oneworld Alliance by the end of 2011. This entry will give the airline a network of 11 airlines in its fold, covering 870 destinations across 146 countries and over 9,300 daily flights. The alliance also carries 335 million passengers on a combined fleet of over 2,400 aircraft.

Kingfisher Airlines has also chalked out a plan of doubling is fleet size from 66 to 137 aircraft by 2015-16. In the next financial year, Kingfisher plans to add a total nine airplanes – six A320s, two A330s and one ATR aircraft. Out of the nine aircraft, the airline will take eight aircraft directly from the market. The airline will add 14 aircraft in 2012-13, 20 in 2013-14, 16 in 2014-15 and 13 in 2015-16.

Currently, Kingfisher operates around 375 flights a day to 71 destinations in India and abroad and is looking at expanding its domestic network.

The airline is also the only listed carrier to have not turned profitable and reported a net loss of Rs 1,647.2 crore in the financial year ended March 2009. In the current financial year, it has reported losses of Rs 187 crore in the first quarter, Rs 230 crore in the second quarter and Rs 254 crore in the third quarter, though the performance was better as compared to the previous quarter.

Meanwhile, the carrier is also taking various steps to reduce costs and generate revenue. The airline has introduced Food for Purchase on their low-cost operations Kingfisher Red, which constitutes up to 75 per cent of their capacity.

Kingfisher also expects to phase out expat pilots evenly in 2011-12 and 2012-13. At present, the airline has around 100 expat pilots flying for them.

With approval from banks, Kingfisher Airlines recently restructured its debt of over Rs 7,000 crore. The restructuring package include converting about 30 per cent of the total debt by banks into capital and converting a loan of Rs 735 crore from parent company UB Holdings to the airline into equity.

The debt restructuring exercise also calls for Rs 900 crore of additional facilities to be provided by banks to the airline and plans to raise funds of about $1 billion, including a $250-million GDR issue.
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Korean Air's A380 in full livery pics here:
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Old February 27th, 2011, 05:48 AM   #2589
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THAI pilots go for A380 training in France
24 February 2011
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Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) announced yesterday that it has sent pilots to receive A380 training in Toulouse, France.

Pilots for the carrier spent five weeks in training for operating Airbus A380 aircraft which are scheduled to enter the airline’s fleet in 2012.

Four captains from the airline attended 11 sessions and had 44 hours of training from Airbus, which included theoretical study and simulator training.
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INTERVIEW-Airbus aims to win 20 pct of Japan plane orders

TOKYO, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Airbus aims to win more than 20 percent of orders for commercial planes in Japan from this year, as it ramps up sales efforts to challenge Boeing's dominance of the country's passenger jet market, a company official said.

The world's No.1 passenger aircraft maker, which didn't make any sales in Japan in 2010, has scored two big deals in the nation in the past six months, signing a sales contract for four A380 superjumbo aircraft with Skymark Airlines and a leasing agreement with A&F Aviation.

The company, part of European aerospace corporation EADS, also plans to work more closely with Japanese manufacturers such as material makers to bolster its presence in the country, Airbus Japan CEO Stephane Ginoux told Reuters in an interview.

"If possible, we want Japanese manufacturers to be making more than 10 percent, or even 20 percent, of our airplanes," Ginoux said, referring to the company's A380 superjumbo, to which Japanese firms currently contribute around 4 percent of parts.

Boeing, which currently holds nearly 90 percent of Japan's passenger airplane market, has been struggling to deliver the first of its long-delayed 787 Dreamliners, which are nearly three years behind schedule.

The latest delivery schedule of the 787, 35 percent-made by Japanese manufactures, is now set for the third quarter of 2011.

Airbus has agreed a leasing contract for 10 A320-200s with A&F Aviation, a budget carrier created by All Nippon Airways and Hong Kong investor First Eastern Investment Group.

Ginoux, who became the head of Airbus Japan in July 2010, did not specify how the company would ramp up sales but said the company aims to capture more than 20 percent of Japan's passenger jet market within 5 years through new orders, up from about 10 percent currently.

Airbus delivered a record 510 airliners globally last year, climbing from 498 in 2009, beating Boeing for the eighth year running.
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These photos and yesteradys seat maps were found at the following URL http://a380.koreanair.com/ Take a look for your self!

As with other Airlines Airbus A380 launches only time will tell how accurate the photos are as well as the final quality of the product, however as Korean Air’s A380 will only have 407 seats in total (12 First Class Seats, 94 Prestige Class (Business Class) and 301 Economy Class seats) we think Korean Air’s A380 will be a real treat something we cannot wait to taste for our self.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 03:48 PM   #2593
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Second oil leak hits Qantas A380 engine
2 March 2011
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ANOTHER Qantas A380 flew into London on only three engines last week after an oil leak prompted the pilots to reduce the fourth engine to idle on a flight from Singapore.

It was the second oil problem on an A380 in less than two weeks and sources say the leaks may be the result of a design flaw with the Roll-Royce Trent 900 that allows a fitting to loosen when subjected to vibration.

The latest problem, which happened as Qantas Flight 31 neared Ashgabat in Turkmenistan on February 24, is similar to a partial power loss on a different Qantas A380 near New Delhi on February 15.

An engine was also reduced to idle on that flight and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it found the fitting of the external high pressure-intermediate pressure oil line ``had less than the required torque''.

In the latest incident, the crew detected a reduction in oil in the No3 engine and were forced to gradually reduce its thrust.

Qantas said yesterday the issue did not affect the safety of the flight and it was not related to the manufacturing flaw that caused a Trent 900 engine to explode in November and severely damage an A380 operating as QF32.

It said the November explosion had involved an internal oil line while this one was on the outside of the engine.

However, it confirmed the issue had been a problem previously and it had asked Rolls-Royce for an explanation.

A spokeswoman said the engine was at no stage shut down and the plane was in no danger.

``Had this been required, there is no question the aircraft would have diverted to the nearest suitable airport,'' she said.

``The flight crew responded appropriately and there was absolutely no flight safety issue.

``The external oil line had been fitted in line with Rolls-Royce requirements, after a mandated boroscope inspection. This issue has been experienced previously, including by another Trent 900 operator, and it has been raised with Rolls-Royce.''

The incidents are being investigated by the ATSB and come as Qantas and Rolls-Royce are still negotiating on compensation for last year's catastrophic engine failure, which saw the national carrier temporarily ground its entire A380 fleet.

Qantas has estimated the full-year cost of the incident at $80 million. This does include the $100m it will cost to fix the plane, which is covered by insurance, or damage to the airline's brand.
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Singapore Airlines Spokesman: Had 5 Cases Of Oil Leaks On Trent 900 Engines
3 March 2011

SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)--Singapore Airlines Ltd. (C6L.SG) had five incidents of oil leaks in Rolls-Royce's Trent 900 engines that propel its fleet of Airbus A380, the world's biggest passenger jet, according to a company spokesman.

"We have had five cases of oil leaks on Trent 900 engines but there was no safety of flight issue on any of those occasions. The issue that caused the leaks was identified and corrected," Nicholas Ionides, the vice president for public affairs at Singapore Airlines said in an email in response to queries from Dow Jones Newswires. He didn't state when the incidents took place.

The incidents were minor and the pilots didn't need to reduce engine power in flight, Ionides said in response to queries on two incidents of oil pressure problems on similar engines, also manufactured by Rolls-Royce Group Plc (RR.LN), that were reported by Australian carrier Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU). Pilots of the Qantas A380s had to reduce power to the affected engines in two separate incidents last month.

Industry safety experts remain focused on incidents involving A380 aircraft partly because of the hazardous, high-profile disintegration of a Rolls-Royce engine on a Qantas A380 on Nov. 4, shortly after takeoff from Singapore. Debris from the engine damaged the fuselage and various aircraft systems, forcing pilots to confront a cascade of computerized fault messages and return to Singapore for an emergency landing.

The engine maker, Airbus and safety regulators came up with a fix and enhanced inspection requirements, though Qantas ended up grounding its entire A380 fleet for a longer period than other operators while Singapore Airlines recalled its jets for checks and had to delay some flights.

The European Aviation Safety Agency said in a statement on its website on Wednesday that airlines can stop "intrusive" inspections advised earlier by the regulator. The cause of the incident has been addressed adequately and it is now considered prudent to cancel the inspections, the EASA said.

Ionides said Singapore Airlines conducts regular checks on all its engines and "that won't change." However, he didn't offer a comment on the EASA notice.
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