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Old March 8th, 2011, 10:22 PM   #2621
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Yes it is but with Asiana (6) and Skymarks (4) orders, orders aren't negative, just 0.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 01:31 AM   #2622
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I already expected that because there's still no airline who are interested on leasing their A380 (I was expecting Asiana to do that maybe because they've leased lots of aircraft especially from ILFC) so it's a good move for them (and also their A320NEO MOU). It's disappointing yes but at least more delivery slots for the other A380 customers.

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Old March 9th, 2011, 01:45 AM   #2623
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Old March 13th, 2011, 04:05 PM   #2624
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Old March 14th, 2011, 06:10 AM   #2625
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INTERVIEW-Emirates drops plans for bond after unrest
9 March 2011

BERLIN, March 9 (Reuters) - Emirates [EMIRA.UL], one of the Arab world's largest airline, has dropped plans for a bond to finance expansion after the uprisings in North Africa made rates more expensive, its president said.

"We tested the water and it was pretty muddy," Tim Clark told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday at the ITB travel fair in Berlin. "So, we've parked it."

The group had mandated banks for a bond issue, IFR markets, a unit of Thomson Reuters, reported last month, and it was seen likely to attract strong demand.

Clark said that the group, the largest customer for the Airbus A380 superjumbo, had no problems financing its expansion, however, and that "cash flows had been mapped".

Emirates has so far ordered 90 A380s -- with a list price of about $375 million each -- and has 15 in its fleet already.


Dubai government-owned Emirates, among the fastest-growing carriers in the world, plans to increase its fleet to eventually include 120 Airbus A380s. It is due to receive five of the planes this year.

Emirates earlier this month raised its fares due to higher oil prices and Clark confirmed Emirates was being adversely affected.

"Fuel hits you straight away, so that has adversely affected us. We don't lose money, but we're not making so much," he said.

Clark said load factors -- how full its planes are -- were coming back up after being reduced by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

"We were down 6-7 percentage points at about 74 percent, but now we're back at 80 percent," he said.

He said that its load factor was usually in the low 80s at this time of year.

Clark said the current fiscal year, which ends on March 31, would be strong, however.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 11:01 AM   #2626
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Air France is on track to having the first dirty A380 fleet

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Old March 14th, 2011, 11:14 AM   #2627
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Any idea why Air France had to send a 747-400 to JNB on Friday, instead of the A380. The next day the A380 also arrived very late.
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Maybe it was just in maintenance... These things are usual (fortunately) and scheduled many months before.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 05:54 PM   #2629
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Old March 16th, 2011, 06:49 PM   #2634
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$150m bill on damaged Airbus A380
17 March 2011
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REPAIRS to the Qantas A380 that suffered extensive damage from a midair engine explosion will finally begin over the next few weeks, as estimates of the cost of the work reach as high as $150 million.

The A380 was put in storage in a hangar at Singapore's Changi Airport while Qantas and the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, assessed the options for repairing the double-decker plane. Its windows and exterior openings were covered, and silica gel used to prevent the A380 from corroding in the tropical heat.

A full analysis of the repairs that need to be done has been completed but there has been no repair work since the plane was grounded in Singapore following the midair incident on November 4.

Qantas had said that the repair bill would be at least $100 million, but more recent internal estimates put the cost at closer to $150 million. The airline has repeatedly ruled out writing off the A380 — named the Nancy Bird-Walton — despite the cost of the repairs nearing what it cost to buy the aircraft.

The airline bought the A380 for about half the list price of $327 million, gaining the discount because it was a launch customer for Airbus's flagship superjumbo aircraft.

A Qantas spokesman said the repairs would begin in the coming weeks and would be performed by Airbus engineers under the supervision of Qantas staff in Singapore.

"We have been working closely with Airbus on repairs. We have planned for most, if not all, of the work to be done in Singapore before the aircraft returns to Australia," he said.

Qantas has said that the damage to the A380 will be covered by insurance and contractual arrangements with the engine maker, Rolls-Royce.

But this is still to be fully determined as it remains locked in negotiations with Rolls-Royce about the damages.

Qantas has reserved the right to sue Rolls-Royce in Australia if the two companies fail to reach a settlement.

The airline still expects the aircraft to be returned to Australia by the end of the year, despite delays to the repairs. It also rejected speculation that the A380 would need to have more extensive repair work done at Airbus's main manufacturing plant in the French city of Toulouse.

Qantas shares rose 2¢ to $2.14 yesterday, just above a 20-month low reached on Tuesday.
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Asiana Airlines Orders Rolls-Royce Trent 900 Engines For A380s
16 March 2011

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Power systems provider Roll-Royce Group PLC (RR.LN) Wednesday announced it had won a contract to supply Trent 900 engines to power six Airbus A380 aircraft for Asiana Airlines Inc. (020560.SE).

The South Korean carrier is the first new customer for Trent 900 engines since the failure of one of those engines on an A380 operated by Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) near Singapore Nov. 4.

Ten of the 15 airlines that have ordered Airbus A380s have selected Trent 900 engines to power their aircraft in preference to engines made by rival Engine Alliance, a joint venture between General Electric Co. (GE) and United Technology Corp.'s (UTX) Pratt & Whitney. Existing Trent 900 customers include British Airways and German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA.XE).

"We are very pleased that Asiana has put its trust in Trent 900 technology that will deliver significant operational and environmental benefits," said Jim Sheard, Rolls-Royce senior vice president for civil aerospace. "This confirms the Trent 900 as the true market leader and engine of choice for the majority of A380 operators and marks a further deepening of our relationship with Asiana Airlines as we work to support its fleet expansion."

Airbus, a unit of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. NV (EAD.FR), will deliver six A380s to Asiana between April 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2017.

The Asiana order, which includes Rolls-Royce's TotalCare long-term service agreement, is the latest sign of confidence in the Trent 900 engine. Rolls-Royce didn't provide a value for the deal.

British Airways, now a part of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (IAG.LN) following its merger with Spain's Iberia, in January completed a deal worth $5 billion at list prices to provide Trent 900 and Trent 1000 engines to power up to 61 new wide-bodied aircraft.

At 1100 GMT, Rolls-Royce's shares traded down 5 pence, or 1%, at 572 pence while the benchmark FTSE 100 index traded down 0.9%. The stock has gained 1.5% in value in the past 12 months.
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Old March 17th, 2011, 01:28 PM   #2637
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Singapore - Singapore Airlines on Thursday indefinitely delayed the launch of Airbus A380 services to Tokyo en route to Los Angeles amid Japan's natural disasters and nuclear crisis.

Singapore's flag carrier originally planned to launch the new A380 superjumbo service later this month, replacing flights operated by smaller Boeing aircraft.

"In view of the developments in Japan, Singapore Airlines is postponing the introduction of Airbus A380 services on flights SQ11 and SQ12 between Singapore and Los Angeles via Tokyo Narita until further notice," the airline said in a statement.

"The flights will continue to be operated with Boeing 747-400 aircraft," it said.

The airline said on its website that it was closely monitoring developments in Japan, noting that "at this point, all Singapore Airlines flights to and from Japan are operating."

However, the airline said it rerouted flights to Los Angeles via Tokyo Narita, adding a stop in Osaka "to ensure that our crew have sufficient rest, as aftershocks are still being experienced in Tokyo."
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Old March 18th, 2011, 05:32 AM   #2639
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Lufthansa diverts flights from Tokyo; other European airlines closely monitoring situation
16 March 2011

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's Lufthansa airline became the first major European carrier Tuesday to announce that its daily flights to Tokyo will be diverted from Japan's disaster zone due to huge delays at the capital's main international airport.

Competitors British Airways, Air France, Swiss, KLM and Alitalia said their flights to the Japanese capital were currently operating as scheduled, but cautioned that the situation was being closely monitored and advised customers to check the status of their flights before leaving for the airport.

Lufthansa's daily flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo will be diverted to the southern city of Nagoya and flights from Munich will be diverted to Osaka, some 310 miles (500 kilometers) southwest of the capital, at least through Sunday, airline spokesman Thomas Jachnow said.

The flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo is usually operated with an A380 superjumbo, but the airline is now using a smaller A340-600 with a capacity of about 400. That is about 120 less than the A380, but "the capacity at the moment still seems to be sufficient," he added.

Tuesday's flights were both expected to return to Germany several hours late due to delays and other logistical problems at Tokyo's Narita airport. "From the other cities we'll be able to offer a more stable flight schedule, which is also a preventive measure," Jachnow said.

Tokyo's main international hub Narita lies some 40 miles (65 kilometers) northeast of the city center, close to a zone battered by a Tsunami following Friday's magnitude 9.0 earthquake that also set in motion a dreadful series of failures and explosions at a nuclear power plant.

This weekend, Lufthansa started to check planes returning from Tokyo for excessive levels of radiation, but none was detected.

British Airways said it is keeping the situation in Japan under review and customers with tickets to travel before or on March 19 have the opportunity to change their travel date or destination.

France's travel agent association CETO announced Tuesday it is extending its freeze on travel to Japan from March 20 through March 31.

Air France has said it continues to fly into and out of Narita airport twice a day, while Italy's Alitalia said it is maintaining flights to Tokyo and Osaka, but added passengers booked to or from Japan through March 31 can change their tickets without surcharge.

Switzerland's Swiss International Air Lines said it has introduced an interim stop in Hong Kong for its daily flight from Zurich to Tokyo to be able to react more quickly to the situation in Japan and shorten ground time in the Japanese capital -- thereby also avoiding layovers for its crew members in Tokyo, spokesman Jean-Claude Donzel said.

Dutch carrier KLM is also maintaining flights between Amsterdam and Narita, but said some planes would be stopping at Osaka's Kansai airport for a crew change before flying back to the Netherlands.

The Dutch foreign ministry on Tuesday advised against travel to the Kanto region of Japan, including Tokyo, "because of the raised radiation combined with the wind direction."

The ministry also followed similar travel warnings by the U.S., Germany and other European countries, which urged their citizens to either leave Japan or move away from the affected regions.

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Angela Charlton in Paris, Jane Wardell in London, John Heilprin in Geneva, Alessandra Rizzo in Rome and Mike Corder in The Hague contributed to this report.
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Hundreds of aviation enthusaists from around Poland are heading to the Frederic Chopin Airport in Warsaw to see the landing of Airbus A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world.


A Lufthansa A380 SuperJumbo. Photo: curimedia/CC

The giant plane, owned by Lufthansa, is scheduled for arrival at 7.40 CET to add splendour to 40th anniversary of the German airline’s presence on the Polish market.

“The plane will fly from Frankfurt and it may arrive earlier due to bad weather conditions predicted for Saturday. So if someone wants to take a good photo, they should come at 7 CET and find a place by the Cargo Terminal,” advises Radoslaw Oleksiak, a plane spotter.

Oleksiak reveals that in spite of bad weather several hundred spotters are expected to arrive at the Frederic Chopin Airport in Warsaw to watch Airbus A380 land. “There will be a large group of spotters from Warsaw, Katowice, Krakow and Poznan,” says Oleksiak.

Those who will not be able to see the plane with a naked eye, can watch the landing on the Chopin Airport’s account on Facebook.

The Airbus A 380, nicknamed the SuperJumbo, is a double-deck, four-engine airliner, the largest in the world. It made its maiden flight in April 2005 and its first commercial flight in October 2007. It provides seating for up to 853 passengers. (mg/jb)
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