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Old April 11th, 2011, 08:10 PM   #2741
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Air France to serve San Francisco with A380

The French flag carrier will join Lufthansa as the second airline to operate A380 flights to San Francisco, with a daily service over the summer period.

The carrier will offer daily A380 flights between Paris CDG and the Californian city from June 6 until September 4, departing Paris at 1030 and arriving at 1240. The return leg leaves San Francisco at 1610, landing back into the French capital at 1135 the next day.

Business Traveller understands Air France may make this new superjumbo service possible by redeploying its A380 aircraft operating on the Paris CDG-Tokyo route, as a result of the fall in demand for flights to Japan following the country’s earthquake and tsunami.

Lufthansa is set to become the first carrier to fly the A380 to San Francisco next month, with a daily service (replacing the current B747-400 on the route) starting on May 10 – see online news January 27 for more information.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 05:47 AM   #2742
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Super Jumbo Jet Clips Another Plane at JFK
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12 April 2011

NEW YORK—The world's biggest commercial passenger jet has clipped the tail of another plane while taxiing out to depart New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters says there were no injuries when the super jumbo Air France Airbus A380 touched the other plane Monday night.

Mr. Peters says the Paris-bound Air France Flight 7 was taxiing on a runway when its left wingtip struck the tail of Comair Flight 629CRJ7, which had just landed from Boston and was taxiing to its gate.

He says both jets would be towed to a ramp area for inspection. The extent of the damage is unknown.

The double-deck Airbus A380 can carry 525 passengers in a three-class configuration or more than 850 in a single-class configuration. Comair operates regional flights for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 01:34 PM   #2743
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Old April 12th, 2011, 05:20 PM   #2744
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that clearly isn't an A380, maybe a A340? American news always seem to be bashing Airbus and its A380 whenever they have the slightliest chance to do so... still, the other plane looks like a toy
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Old April 12th, 2011, 05:23 PM   #2745
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Air France operates A380 and 777 on Paris - NYC route. Thus, it's A380.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 05:41 PM   #2746
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That's quite a nasty bump!
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Old April 12th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #2747
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And it's the second time that it happens for AF, first time was at JFK too, but this one, it was an Air france A330 which touched the AF A380... The A380 had to stay two weeks off at JFK.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #2748
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Old April 12th, 2011, 08:47 PM   #2749
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Old April 12th, 2011, 08:51 PM   #2750
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Old April 12th, 2011, 09:08 PM   #2751
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Who's fault is it? the guys that let the AF taxi? the guys that didn't realize the CRJ was out of its position? or AF pilots' fault?
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I would think someone at the control tower monitoring ground traffic should have been aware as both planes need to be cleared to taxi.
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Air France Flight 7 F-HPJD bound for Paris, was taxiing on a runway when its left wingtip struck the tail of Comair Flight 6293, which had just landed from Boston and was taxiing to its gate at Kennedy, one of the nation's busiest airports, Peters said.
Both jets were being towed to a ramp area for inspection, Peters said. The extent of the damage was unknown.

The FAA didn't immediately say how many people were on the double-deck Airbus A380, which can carry 525 passengers in a three-class configuration or more than 850 in a single-class configuration. Air France didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.


The Comair CRJ 700 Regional Jet was carrying 62 passengers and four crew members, said Betsy Talton, a spokeswoman of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., for which Comair operates regional flights. All the passengers were taken off the plane and into a terminal, she said
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Old April 13th, 2011, 05:22 PM   #2754
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Collision at NYC airport highlights risks of gigantic new jetliners, potential for tragedy
13 April 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - A frightening collision between one of the world's largest airliners and a commuter jet on a dark, wet tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport is underscoring worries about ground accidents as U.S. airports begin handling a new generation of giant planes.

A total of 586 passengers and crew members were aboard the two aircraft Monday night when the left wing of an Airbus A380 operated by Air France clipped a Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet flown by Comair, spinning the smaller plane nearly 90 degrees. No one was injured.

The superjumbo Airbus is so immense -- as tall as a seven-story building, with a wing span as wide as a Manhattan block -- that its wing almost cleared the smaller plane. But not quite.

"It's the sheer size of these aircraft and the congestion at these airports that's the problem," said Allan Tamm, a consultant with Avicor Aviation, based in Portland, Ore. "It's a serious concern for all these airports trying to accommodate these aircraft. It's going to happen more and more."

The collision happened at one of the nation's most congested airports on a rainy night when flashing lights reflecting off wet tarmac can obscure small aircraft. It comes as airports around the country are beginning to receive a new class of huge aircraft.

Fourteen airports have obtained waivers from the Federal Aviation Administration to receive the new Boeing 747-8, which falls into the same new size class as the A380, The Associated Press reported this week. And Boeing is working with 13 more airports to get approval from the FAA, though not all of them may require waivers.

Most U.S. airports cannot legally handle the A380 or 747-8 because of FAA space requirements aimed at keeping planes from bumping into each other. But the FAA can issue waivers if airport officials agree to certain procedures, such as using only certain taxiways or halting other traffic when one of these mammoth planes is on the move.

Many of the airports asking for permission to handle the Boeing 747-8 may have trouble handling them, especially when aircraft are turning, Tamm said.

"A lot of these airports are only marginally ready," he said.

The flurry of new waivers coincides with an increase in air traffic as the U.S. economy recovers. The number of passengers flying in the U.S. increased from 767 million in 2009 to 782 million in 2010.

JFK was built in the 1950s, when jets were smaller. Airport officials had to secure FAA waivers for the A380 and the 747-8. Monday's collision might spur the FAA to take a second look at JFK's rules for handling large aircraft, said aviation consultant John Cox.

The National Transportation Safety Board is reviewing radio recordings, radar data and flight recorders from both aircraft in Monday's accident.

The impact tore open the leading edge of the Airbus' left wing and broke off half of the wing fence, a vertical fin that sticks out from the wingtip, photos from the NTSB show. The Bombardier had a hole in its rudder and a dent on the leading edge of the tail.

"This wasn't just two airplanes bumping together. The Air France plane really creamed the regional jet," said Bill Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation, an advocacy group.

The regional jet was carrying 62 passengers and four crew members, the Airbus 495 passengers and 25 crew members. Comair is a regional subsidiary of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc.

Audio of the collision indicates the Comair jet, which had just arrived from Boston, was trying to exit the taxiway as the France-bound Airbus made its way to the runway. But the Comair plane may have stopped short because of congestion in the parking area, Voss said.

In the dark and rain, "both pilots and controllers would have been confronted with a sea of flashing lights and reflections which could partly explain why the Air France pilot may not have seen the regional jet," Voss said.

The collision shook the Comair jet "very, very violently," passenger Sabastian Pinel said, "and then the next thing we knew we were told to hurry out the plane."

Air France passenger Stephen Brown said he saw "a little puff of smoke."

"I says, 'Oh, there's a bit of smoke,' and then we seemed to stop as if the pilot was putting the brakes on a bit too quickly," Brown said.

The main danger in a collision between two taxiing aircraft is that a fuel spill will lead to a fire, Cox said. He praised the flight crew of the regional jet for immediately requesting airport fire and rescue help.

Kennedy's FAA-approved rule book for the A380 is 36 pages long and limits the planes mostly to Taxiway A, which encircles the terminals. The Air France flight was on Taxiway A. Other planes may have to be held on taxiways until the A380 passes by, Cox said.

But Michael Barr, who teaches aviation safety at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles, said that could cause an uproar.

"You try to sterilize an area for an A380 and just listen to everybody else at that airport have a heart attack," Barr said. Ultimately, he said, it is the responsibility of the pilot to make sure there's enough room.

The problem of planes colliding with each other on runways -- or with baggage carts, other vehicles or people that might be crossing runways -- has been a top aviation safety concern since the late 1980s, when there was a spate of deadly incidents.

Among the steps taken by FAA have been briefings on runway safety for air traffic controllers, improved airport signs and other markings so that pilots know where to turn, and installation of runway lights that turn red to warn pilots against entering or landing on the runway or taxiway. However, only about two dozen airports have the runway lights.

Beginning in 2001, the FAA began installing warning systems that collect and analyze data from airport radar in order to detect potential collisions on airport runways and taxiways. When a potential collision is detected, controllers receive visual and audio alerts. But the NTSB has said the alerts don't give flight crews enough time to react.

The agency also has been encouraging airlines to equip cockpits with electronic displays that show pilots the positions and movements of all aircraft on runways and taxiways. However, the agency has stopped short of requiring the equipment and it has not been widely adopted.

In 1977, in what remains the world's deadliest aviation accident, two jumbo jets collided on a runway on Spain's Canary Islands, killing 583 passengers and crew members.

The worst U.S. runway accident involving two aircraft was a collision between a USAir 737 and a Skywest Metroliner commuter plane at the Los Angeles airport in 1991. Thirty-four people were killed.

Monday's collision shows the complexity of ground operations, a part of air travel often overlooked by passengers eager to get out of their seats and on their way home, experts said.

Working ground control at a busy airport like JFK is one of the most demanding jobs in the nation's air traffic control system, Voss said.

"It is extremely complex, highly visual, and the workload can become almost superhuman," he said.

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Old April 13th, 2011, 09:45 PM   #2755
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Pretty sure the pilot was texting...

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Old April 14th, 2011, 01:10 AM   #2756
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Old April 14th, 2011, 06:56 AM   #2757
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Is Airbus 380 too big to maneuver on ground?
13 April 2011
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The Airbus 380, the world’s biggest passenger jet, is once again making headlines across the globe, five months after the airplane operated by Australia’s Qantas Airways was forced to make an emergency landing due to engine failure.

This time, an A380 operated by Air France clipped the tail of a smaller regional jet on the ground at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Monday night. Following the incident, the pilot stopped the aircraft, which was about to take off for Paris.

The A380 had 485 passengers and 25 crew members aboard when the incident took place, with the smaller jet carrying 62 passengers and four crew members. No one was injured.

Aviation experts here say that human error was the probable cause of the collision.

Air France Korea and a Korean representative of Airbus both declined to comment on what might have caused the accident, saying that they have not received any instructions from headquarters. The incident came at a time when Korean Air, the nation’s largest flagship carrier, is about to put its first A380 aircraft into operation in June. The airline plans to purchase nine additional A380s by 2014.

Its smaller rival Asiana Airlines will also add a total of six jumbo airliners to its fleet between 2014 and 2017 for its long-distance routes linking Incheon and cities in North America and Europe.

The Ministry of Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs said it will take all possible safety steps to ensure the safe operation of A380 aircraft.

“We think the accident at JFK airport was due to human error, caused either by the pilots or airport ground crews. Due to its large size, pilots might have underestimated while steering the A380 on the ground, particularly at night,” said an official at the ministry’s aviation safety division, who does not want to be named.

He went on to say Korean Air is scheduled to add the jumbo jet to its fleet in less than two months, adding the ministry is currently collecting and studying cases of technical glitches and other safety-related incidents involving A380s overseas.

“We think Incheon International Airport will be able to accommodate the jumbo planes without a problem because it is built in accordance with international standards. After completing examining previous accidents involving A380s, we will come out with a range of safety measures and ask the two flagship carriers to adopt them,” the official said.

A Korean Air spokesman said the company is not in a position to comment on the accident, which does not involve its airplanes. “We have nothing to say about what happened between airplanes owned by other airlines. We think it is inappropriate to comment,” he said.

Asiana Airlines said it still has two more years to go until it operates A380s. “We will closely monitor the incident and what safety measures aviation authorities and airlines put into effect. If we think they will help us operate the A380 aircraft in a safer manner, we will consider introducing them,” an Asiana spokesman said.
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Old April 14th, 2011, 06:40 PM   #2758
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Singapore Airlines has announced it will deploy the Airbus A380 on the daily Singapore-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles route from July 1.

The carrier had initially planned to introduce the aircraft on this route on March 27, but postponed the launch date due to the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11 (see story here). Los Angeles is the eighth destination in SIA's network to be served by the superjumbo aircraft.

The flight departs Singapore at 0925 and arrives in Narita at 1730. The second leg departs Narita at 1915 and arrives in Los Angeles at 1330. The return leg departs from Los Angeles at 1545 and arrives in Narita at 1915 the following day, with the final leg departing Narita at 2050 and arriving back in Singapore at 0305 the following day.

The news follows SIA's announcement that it will suspend two of its daily direct flights between Singapore and Los Angeles in order to align capacity with demand. The carrier will no longer operate the service on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (see story here).

For more information, visit www.singaporeair.com
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Singapore Airlines, the first carrier to fly the Airbus SAS A380 commercially, has been cleared by the planemaker to use Koito Industries business- class seats for its three superjumbos in production.

The seats have been tested and certified to meet all the safety requirements of Airbus, Sean Lee, a Singapore-based spokesman for the planemaker, said in an e-mail today.

“We are working very closely with Airbus and Koito to ensure these seats are certified so we can take delivery of the aircraft,” Nicholas Ionides, a spokesman for Singapore Air, said by phone today.

Singapore Air has twice delayed the introduction of its 12th A380 after Koito failed to deliver business class seats on time following a production scandal. The Yokohama-based company last year admitted to falsifying data related to about 150,000 seats installed on commercial aircraft worldwide.

The Singapore-based airline has three A380s in production and has earmarked its 12th jet for use on flights to Los Angeles via Tokyo’s Narita Airport. The carrier last month postponed the launch of the service after the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.

Singapore Air A380s are configured to carry 471 passengers, including 60 business-class seats on the double-decker aircraft, according to its website. The carrier received its 11th superjumbo in July, six months late because of the seat glitch.

Rivals All Nippon Airways Co., United Continental Holdings Inc. and Thai Airways International Pcl have all suffered delays after Koito admitted it falsified test results and made unauthorized design changes to its seats for at least a decade.

Thai Airways, Thailand’s largest carrier, said in October it’s seeking as much as US$180 million ($226 million) in compensation from the seatmaker.
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Selon nos informations, l'A380 d'Air France qui a heurté lundi sur une voie de roulage de l'aéroport de New-York JFK un petit CRJ de Comair, ne sera pas mis en service avant trois semaines. Interrogé la compagnie nationale n'a pas fait de commentaires.

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The AF A380 won't fly before at least 3 weeks, after it clipped a regional jet at JFK, according to La Tribune.
The wing structure is damaged.
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