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Old May 21st, 2011, 12:01 PM   #2841
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Old May 21st, 2011, 12:06 PM   #2842
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Why flying back to LHR and not to FRA or AMS.???
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Old May 21st, 2011, 06:18 PM   #2843
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It probably had to dump a lot of fuel as it was too heavy to land immediately.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 09:02 PM   #2844
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Isn't it standard procedure to go back to the departure airport in a case of a problem this early in a flight (when it's possible of course).
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 03:54 AM   #2845
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4 more days KE's first A380 gets delivered! First new A380 operator in 1 Year!
On the 26th there will be alot of smiling KE staff when their first Big Baby arrives in ICN!
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 04:41 PM   #2846
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 04:46 PM   #2847
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Isn't it standard procedure to go back to the departure airport in a case of a problem this early in a flight (when it's possible of course).
Not really. If it's a serious mishap then the pilot can decide to land anywhere asap. They would also consider where they can promptly and efficiently fix the plane, such as airports where the airline has maintenance bases / spare parts. Finally, they'd also consider places where the airline can scramble for extra seats to transfer the affected passengers / hotel rooms. I suspect London is a major base where there are enough flights to absorb the impacted passengers. The problem may not have been serious enough to prompt an immediate emergency landing into Amsterdam, and given the other factors to consider, returning to London may have made the most sense.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 05:01 PM   #2848
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Lufthansa's A380 to service Singapore
By TBM Staff | Mumbai
As of October 30, 2011, Lufthansa's South-East Asian gateway in Singapore will be served by a brand new Airbus A380, as per a release. Lufthansa's flagship A380 currently services Frankfurt, Tokyo, Beijing, Johannesburg, New York, San Francisco and soon, Miami. Singapore will be served daily by the new aircraft on the Frankfurt route that connects into the airline’s main hub in Germany. This offers Lufthansa’s customers from Singapore connections to the airline’s large European, North American and African networks.

Alongside the A380, Lufthansa is launching completely new First and Economy Class cabins along with Business Class in its Asian markets. Lufthansa has developed new cabins in collaboration with its frequent flying customers and has introduced technologies and materials from Lufthansa Technik’s private-jet workshop in Hamburg.

Lufthansa has also applied to introduce the A380 on its Delhi – Frankfurt route.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 05:03 PM   #2849
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Singapore Gets the Next Lufthansa A380 with First and Business Class

by Richard Clements (SkyClub News) May 20th, 2011

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Lufthansa is set to launch its next A380, and the airline has chosen Singapore as its latest destination for the superjumbo. The A380 will include First and Business Class cabins.

Travellers flying between Frankfurt and Singapore will now experience a bit of five-star luxury with the introduction of the A380, which features hotel-style bathrooms.

Lufthansa currently uses Boeing 747-400s on the route, but will replace them with the A380 from October 30th. Singapore will be Lufthansa’s seventh A380 destination and the third Asian destination after Beijing and Tokyo. The airline also currently flies the A380 to Johannesburg, San Francisco, New York, Miami and Frankfurt.

Lufthansa’s A380 has the world’s quietest First Class cabin, with sound insulation under the carpets to reduce the sound of footfall in the cabin. The curtains are also made of sound-reducing materials to further reduce the noise of the aircraft.

The aircraft also boasts the most luxurious bathrooms in the sky, which look more like hotel bathrooms than those of a passenger plane. They feature a large vanity mirror, a leather banquette seat and separate wash, changing and toilet areas.

The A380 has three cabin classes, with 8 First Class suites and 98 Business Class seats, as well as 420 in Economy.

The First Class seats fold out to become fully flat beds measuring two metres long and 80cm wide, ensuring passengers have plenty of room to stretch out and relax during their sleep. The cabin is exceptionally spacious so passengers won’t feel claustrophobic, with a high cabin ceiling, no dividing walls between the seats and plenty of space between each passenger.

The Business Class seats feature a unique ‘shape system’ which enables the seat to adjust perfectly to the passenger’s sitting position. The seats convert into 2-metre long beds complete with massage function, although they do not lie completely flat. The Business Class cabin, located on the upper deck, has plenty of storage space and spacious baggage compartments for stowing away personal possessions.

At Frankfurt Airport, First and Business Class passengers have the benefit of their own private terminal. At Terminal C, they can relax at their own priority gates before boarding the upper deck of the A380 directly via a footbridge. The lounges at Terminal C are similar to the Lufthansa Business Class lounges and there is also a Senator Lounge for First Class passengers, HON Circle members and Senators.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 06:07 AM   #2850
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Why flying back to LHR and not to FRA or AMS.???
Probably because of a minor issue and they had staff in LHR to take care of it.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 10:54 AM   #2851
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Probably because of a minor issue and they had staff in LHR to take care of it.
I read it was not a big issue, so I understand why they returned too LHR..thx
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 01:12 PM   #2852
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Source:http://theedgesingapore.com/the-dail...ss-class-.html
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SIA cuts A380 seating 13% to expand business class
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Singapore Airlines, the first carrier to fly the Airbus SAS A380, will reduce the number of seats on eight new superjumbos by 13% to accommodate a bigger business-class section.

The on-order planes will have 409 seats each, including 12 in first class, 86 in business and 311 in economy, the Singapore-based airline said in response to e-mailed questions today. The company’s 11 existing A380 planes each have 471 seats, comprising 12 in first class, 60 in business and 399 in coach.

The new aircraft, all due for delivery by the end of March, may let Singapore Air benefit from rising demand for premium- class travel and help it fend off competition from Korean Air Lines Co., Cathay Pacific Airways. and Emirates Airline. Global premium air travel jumped 6.1% in the first quarter, outpacing a 5.9% rise in overall traffic, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Korean Air is set to receive its first A380 this week as it works to get 50% of passenger sales from premium classes by 2019. The Seoul-based carrier’s A380s will have 407 seats, including 12 in first class and 94 in business. The airline has the smallest number of announced A380 seats, according to FlightGlobal, which reported Singapore Air’s plan on May 20.

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific, which hasn’t ordered any A380s, is rolling out a new business-class suite across its fleet to help lure corporate travelers. Airlines chase frequent- flyer corporate passengers as they tend to buy last-minute tickets that offer carriers bigger margins.

Emirates, the largest A380 customer, is building up a fleet of 90 superjumbos. The Dubai-based airline is fitting its planes with from 489 to 600 seats, according to its website.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 06:01 PM   #2853
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Qantas A380s saving on fuel
20 May 2011
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QANTAS pilots flying the flagship Airbus A380 super jumbos are being pressured to carry less fuel on long-haul flights in a cost-cutting measure to reduce the airline's soaring fuel bills.

Company insiders have revealed a campaign -- which includes charts ranking pilots based on fuel usage -- that is increasing the risk of flights being diverted because they could not safely reach their destinations.

Two flights were forced to divert with fuel issues in the past week. A Melbourne-bound A380 was redirected to Adelaide on Tuesday after crew discovered it had burnt through too much fuel.

A flight from London to Singapore was forced to land in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday because it had inadequate spare fuel to circle Singapore while a storm cleared.

The airline yesterday denied the diversions were solely the result of planes not carrying enough fuel.

But documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph reveal that in the past two years the amount of ``discretionary fuel'' -- carried on board flights to deal with emergencies, unforeseen bad weather and airport delays -- has been almost halved.

The documents also show flights landing at Singapore and Melbourne -- the two destinations to suffer diversions this week -- on average landed with the least amount of remaining fuel of any Qantas A380 flights.

A pilot said yesterday the document, which ranks pilots based on how much fuel they take on board, was putting ``subtle pressure'' on crews.

``The airline is trying to save money, knowing that a lot of our pilots will see it as a challenge and compete with each other,'' he said.

He said the reductions in discretionary fuel -- which save the airline about $3000 on each flight -- would lead to more delays due to weather or other unforeseen problems.

UNSW School of Aviation adjunct senior lecturer Peter Marosszeky, who has almost 50 years experience in the sector, said that while the fuel policy had no impact on safety, it increased the chance of passengers being inconvenienced.

A Qantas spokesman confirmed the company was looking at ways to reduce fuel costs but denied it had any impact on services.

``It is entirely appropriate that, within our carefully managed policies and procedures, pilots are encouraged to closely monitor discretionary fuel uplift,'' he said.

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Old May 23rd, 2011, 06:42 PM   #2854
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Source:http://www.businesstraveller.com/new...80-the-layouts
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Published: 23/05/2011 - Filed under: News »

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus will celebrate tomorrow's Korean Air A380 launch with a live video stream of the event on its website.

The stream will commence at 1300 UTC (1400 BST), and will be accompanied by photos and features from the event. Business Traveller's sister website abtn.co.uk will also be reporting from the launch.

Korean Air will be the sixth carrier to add the superjumbo to its fleet, after Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Air France and Lufthansa. Features of Korean Air's A380 aircraft include an all-business class upper deck, and an inflight Duty Free shop (see online news April 18).

For a comparison of the layouts chosen by all six A380 operators, along with links to seatplans, videos and images, click here.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 07:47 PM   #2855
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 10:43 PM   #2856
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Hey guys,

Airbus also launched a website for the first KA A380 delivery, good videos on it!

http://www.a380delivery.com/korean-air/videos/
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Old May 24th, 2011, 03:25 AM   #2857
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Old May 24th, 2011, 08:58 AM   #2858
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Published: 24/05/2011 - Filed under: News »

The German carrier is promoting the fact that travellers will soon be able to take the superjumbo all the way between Frankfurt and Sydney.

In truth the routing involves Lufthansa placing its flight code on an SIA service for the final sector. But it does mean that Lufthansa passengers can now fly an A380 all the way.

As previously reported (see Online News xxxx) Lufthansa will roster an A380 for its daily Frankfurt-Singapore flight starting at the end of October. And that will connect with SIA’s A380 service linking Singapore with Sydney.

Speaking to news.com.au, Lufthansa's GM for Australia, Kai Peters, said “Our passengers can for the first time fly all the way [between Australia and Germany or vice versa] on the world’s largest aircraft, combining the latest Lufthansa A380 with an A380 code-share flight of our Star Alliance partner SIA.”

One point to bear in mind is that Lufthansa and SIA offer different types of premium seating on their A380s. Lufthansa has luxurious seating in first class while SIA would maintain it goes one step farther with Suites (in place of first class). When it comes to business class, SIA has fully flat beds whereas Lufthansa’s version is angled lie-flat. Details of the layouts can be found here.

Lufthansa itself has not served Australia for a number of years. Code-sharing arrangements like this enable the German airline to publicise itself on the busy kangaroo route.

Schedule details effective October 30 (ex-Frankfurt) are:

* Frankfurt-Singapore LH778 2205-1655 (following day)
* Singapore-Sydney LH9780 [SQ221] 2035-0725 (following day)
* Sydney-Singapore LH9781 [SQ222] 1615-2125
* Singapore-Frankfurt LH779 2355-0555 (following day)

For more information visit lufthansa.com.

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Korean Air takes delivery of first A380
Posted Tuesday, 24 May, 2011 - 06:00 by Sara Turner

Airbus will hand over Korean Air’s first A380 superjumbo today (May 23).

The event will be marked with a grand unveiling ceremony held at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, which ABTN is attending.

While full details of the new plane are yet to be revealed, passengers can expect to see an onboard duty-free showcase store, and the upper deck devoted entirely to business class passengers.

Korean Air plans to use its first A380 on flights between Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong from June onwards.

The airline has ordered 10 of the aircraft in total, with five due to be delivered by the end of 2011. It will be the sixth carrier to operate the A380.

For the latest updates on the new aircraft, visit the homepage at
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