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Old March 19th, 2011, 08:01 AM   #2641
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Old March 19th, 2011, 08:44 AM   #2642
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Old March 19th, 2011, 10:46 AM   #2643
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Old March 19th, 2011, 06:47 PM   #2644
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Old March 19th, 2011, 09:42 PM   #2645
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Anybody knows whether there are renewed plans to start developing the freighter version of the plane?
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Old March 19th, 2011, 11:48 PM   #2646
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Anybody knows whether there are renewed plans to start developing the freighter version of the plane?
Officialy it is still on offer, but no one has ordered it, yet.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 12:21 AM   #2647
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Officialy it is still on offer, but no one has ordered it, yet.
I remember the program got cancelled when production of A380 got into some troubles in order to save resources for the passanger version, and that included the cancellation of some orders the freighter version had already won, so no, it is no longer on offer and I guess Airbus is already freeing some resources from the program and could shift them to the freight version as apart from the A350XWB there are no other great programs right now
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Old March 20th, 2011, 01:56 AM   #2648
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I remember the program got cancelled when production of A380 got into some troubles in order to save resources for the passanger version, and that included the cancellation of some orders the freighter version had already won, so no, it is no longer on offer and I guess Airbus is already freeing some resources from the program and could shift them to the freight version as apart from the A350XWB there are no other great programs right now
Airbus have always said it it 'postponed' not canceled. Hence it is still in the on the Airbus website under current aircraft.

Publicly airbus are still claiming it will enter service one day but seeing as they are strugling to build the passenger version quicly enougth and the a350 and a320 neo are going to be occupying their rescorces for the next 5+ years, who knows when it will take to the skies.

And although I hate to say it, the 747-8 is a better frieghter judging from the a380F's curent spec.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 03:06 PM   #2649
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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.
Journalism always knows how to get even worse. LH's A346 have a capacity of 306 seats, while A388 have 526 seats, meaning the difference is exactly 220 seats!
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Old March 20th, 2011, 03:22 PM   #2650
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Airbus have always said it it 'postponed' not canceled. Hence it is still in the on the Airbus website under current aircraft.

Publicly airbus are still claiming it will enter service one day but seeing as they are strugling to build the passenger version quicly enougth and the a350 and a320 neo are going to be occupying their rescorces for the next 5+ years, who knows when it will take to the skies.

And although I hate to say it, the 747-8 is a better frieghter judging from the a380F's curent spec.
When the A350 program will come come to an end, the A380F but also the A380-9 programs should get restarted.

Also, good news are coming from Toulouse, the production is speeding up and the 25 A380's delivered in 2011 seem attainable.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 01:48 PM   #2651
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 05:50 PM   #2652
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Beijing Capital Airport: Expect To Handle 9%-10% More Passengers In 2011
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HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Beijing Capital International Airport Co. (0694.HK), operator of the Chinese capital's international airport, plans to spend up to CNY5 billion (US$762 million) to upgrade one of its passenger terminals to meet China's surging demand for air travel, which will likely boost the airport's 2011 passenger throughput by around 9%-10%, a senior executive said Monday.

Beijing Capital Airport, which overtook major airports such as Chicago's O'Hare and London's Heathrow to become the world's second busiest airport by passenger traffic in 2010, handled 73.95 million passengers last year, up 13% from 2009. The airport's air passenger traffic accounted for 13% of China's 564.3 million passengers in 2010.

"Air traffic remains strong this year, though the growth rate will be slower than that of last year," Beijing Capital Airport's company secretary, Shu Yong, told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview.

Shu said he expects the airport will handle more than 80 million passengers in 2011, bringing the number closer to its current annual capacity of 86 million.

He expects the annual capacity at Beijing's airport, China's busiest in terms of passenger throughput, to be gradually increased to 100.3 million by 2014, helped by upgrades in airport infrastructure, including a new extension to its third passenger terminal, which originally opened in 2008.

Shu said the company plans to buy the extension project from its state-owned parent, Capital Airports Holding Co., once the listed company secures enough airlines to operate in the building. Beijing Capital Airport owns and operates the other passenger terminals in the airport.

In the meantime, the airport operator plans to invest CNY4 billion to CNY5 billion to upgrade the facilities at the airport's second terminal.

"By widening the taxiways and upgrading the parking stands, Terminal 2 could accommodate the superjumbo A380 aircraft," said Shu. The airport's Terminal 3 is already able to handle the large passenger aircraft.

China Southern Airlines Co. (1055.HK), the only Chinese airline to have ordered the superjumbo aircraft, will take delivery of the first of its five A380 wide-body aircraft in the second half, Airbus said this month.

The Beijing-based airport operator reported Sunday its 2010 net profit doubled to CNY595.2 million from CNY296.0 million a year earlier, driven by domestic air travel demand amid a surging economic growth.

Analysts said they expect Beijing Capital Airport to record strong air traffic growth as the nation's population becomes more mobile on rising wealth levels, but they said that huge capital expenditures on capacity expansion and potential acquisitions would continue to weigh on the operator's financial situation.

"We want to preserve more cash for future expansion needs," said Shu.

Besides the potential acquisition of the Terminal 3 extension and the upgrades to Terminal 2, the company is also considering building a fourth runway, as well as participating in the development of Beijing's second commercial airport. Shu said a decision on whether to build a fourth runway will be made by the end of this year.

However, he declined to elaborate on the company's fundraising means to cope with the rising capital requirements.

Shu said the company currently has CNY700 million-CNY800 million of cash-on-hand as well as around CNY12 billion in bank facilities.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 02:50 AM   #2653
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where is malaysia airlines's airbus 380 ???i hope it will be around soon ..can't wait ..must be lovely..
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 09:41 AM   #2656
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Unions must not dictate hiring
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LABOR'S industrial laws have not only saddled employers and staff with rigid parameters for pay, conditions and working hours, but they are also increasingly being manipulated by the most powerful unions to dictate who employers will hire, and where they will work. Such inflexibility runs counter to the needs of a modern, productive economy.

The Transport Workers Union wants to replicate its recent ``job security'' campaign in the road transport industry by curtailing Qantas's use of outside contract labour. Engineers and pilots are also seeking so-called ``job security'' clauses in their new enterprise bargaining agreements. Engineers are demanding assurances that Qantas will carry out A380 heavy maintenance in Australia.

The union's demands go far beyond their traditional concerns about their members' wages and conditions. They jeopardise the airline's flexibility to manage its affairs efficiently in a globally competitive, changing industry. The campaigns are further evidence that the Gillard government's Fair Work Australia is a misnomer for a centralised, one-sided industrial relations regime that heavily favours trade unions. It is not fair to Qantas, the public or the national interest that the system allows the TWU to threaten strike action by refuellers even before lodging a claim. And for good reason, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is challenging Fair Work Australia's ruling in regard to JJ Richards and Sons waste management that upheld a union's right to take industrial action before starting workplace bargaining.

Despite the TWU's apparent success in winning ``job security'' agreements with Toll Holdings and Linfox in the road transport sector, real job security is entirely dependent on enterprises remaining profitable. Successful companies appreciate a stable, experienced workforce and dedicated employees who develop in their jobs as their employers' businesses grow. Forcing companies to offer casual workers permanent employment after six months, the case in the transport sector, is a burden business does not need. Long term, it could prove counterproductive for employment. Turnover in the transport business varies with economic cycles and companies need to be able to hire casual workers to meet peak demand periods without being forced to increase their payrolls permanently. In recent years, a significant proportion of job creation in Australia has been in casual employment, to the benefit of employers and workers.

In international aviation, offshore maintenance and codeshare flights are essential to protect profitability and help keep fares at affordable levels. Airline employees in Australia are well paid and enjoy good working conditions -- it is not their unions' business to curb the flexibility of Qantas or other airlines from making cost-saving arrangements with international airlines that pay staff according to their local conditions.

If the ACCI fails in its appeal against the ``strike first, bargain later'' ruling, it has promised to press Workplace Relations Minister Chris Evans for legislative changes. If balance is to be restored to Australia's arcane, rigid IR system, employers and business lobbies need to bring pressure to bear on both government and opposition by winning the public debate and showing that the current laws are undermining good work practices and prosperity.
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