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Old June 11th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #2921
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Old June 11th, 2011, 12:25 PM   #2922
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Old June 13th, 2011, 01:36 PM   #2923
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Hong Kong Airlines to Order A380 Jumbos

Hong Kong Airlines Ltd. will order Airbus SAS A380s as it challenges larger neighbor Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (293) and adds flights in China, the world’s fastest- growing air-travel market.
The carrier, controlled by the investment arm of China’s Hainan province government, will announce the deal at next week’s Paris Air Show, it said in a text-message reply to questions today. It didn’t elaborate on the number of superjumbos it will buy at the show, which starts June 20.

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Old June 13th, 2011, 03:04 PM   #2924
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Huh? Very very unexpected! It's like a random order from SkyMark, this may serve as a warning to CX?
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Old June 13th, 2011, 03:55 PM   #2925
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I like this news, another A380 operator in the future.. Looks like the Asian market will be filled with A380 operators and a few in Europe, but how about the western side of the world.. Will there be an airliner who will order the European made aircraft, or will they stick to Boeing.????
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Old June 13th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #2926
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I agree it was very unexpected I would have thought that Cathay would be the first airline to order A380 in HK
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Old June 15th, 2011, 02:55 PM   #2927
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Old June 16th, 2011, 12:10 AM   #2928
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KOREAN AIRBUS A 380

Korean Air unveils initial Airbus A380 routes

Korean Air (KAL) has revealed that it will start four new Airbus A380 services from June to October.

The first, a daily service between Seoul's Incheon Airport and Tokyo's Narita Airport, starts on 17 June, said a company spokesman. This is in addition to the 21 weekly services that the airline has on the route.

KAL will launch Incheon-Bangkok and Incheon-New York services in August, but has not decided on the frequencies. It will launch a thrice-weekly Incheon-Paris service on 26 September.

These are in addition to the SkyTeam alliance member's existing services to those cities, said the spokesman.

Schedules in Innovata show that KAL has 16 weekly flights on the Incheon-Bangkok route, 14 flights per week for its Incheon-New York service, and eight flights a week to Paris.

The spokesman said that the South Korea's flag carrier will take delivery of five Airbus A380s by end-2011. The remaining five on its order books will be delivered from next year to 2014.
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Old June 16th, 2011, 12:13 AM   #2929
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Korean Airlines has also requested landing rights for the Frankfurt route from 1st of December 2011
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Old June 16th, 2011, 12:14 AM   #2930
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Hitching a Ride With Lufthansa on Their Frankfurt to Miami Inaugural Airbus A380 Flight


There were three Lufthansa Airbus A380s waiting at Frankfurt when we left.

Last Friday marked the first time that an Airbus A380 has landed at Miami International Airport (MIA). This was the first Lufthansa Airlines flight from Frankfurt (FRA) to Miami operated by the double-decker Airbus A380.

Miami becomes the third US destination that Lufthansa flies the A380 and the sixth destination internationally. Although the airline has gained experience flying the seven Airbus A380s in their fleet, this was the first time any A380 has landed at Miami.

“We are extremely excited to introduce our new, flagship A380 aircraft as the very first in the Miami market,” said Jens Bischof, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Sales and Revenue Management. “I applaud Miami International Airport’s management team for their determination to become A380-ready. We share in their excitement and are both committed to Miami’s community of global travelers in both the business and leisure markets.”

I had the opportunity to fly on the upper-deck of the large aircraft, which houses eight first class and 98 business class (where I was sitting) seats. The lower deck contains only economy seats — 420 to be exact. When arriving at the airport I already had my boarding pass and no baggage to check and having a business class ticket allowed me to take the VIP line at security — which did not matter too much since traffic was a bit slow.

Passengers are able to board directly from the Business Class lounge located in Frankfurt, Germany.

When stepping up to security I realized I didn’t know Germany’s rules. Did I have to take out my laptop? Toothpaste? How about body scanners? Things were much different than here in the US –talk about service.

There was a security agent where you unload your stuff and they didn’t assume I knew what to do. They smiled as they let me know I needed to take out my laptop and all metal from my body. I didn’t have to take off my shoes or remove my toothpaste. After going through the metal detector, there was another friendly agent to help me get my stuff and I actually had room and time to gather my things. A far cry from going through security in Seattle.

At the gate, there is a business class lounge located upstairs where one can relax, get a drink and a bite to eat. Before boarding there were folks from the airline that gave a speech with the three pilots and head flight attendant looking on. We were able to board from the lounge and take an upper jetway directly onto the top deck.

Having the entire upper-deck as business class has its pluses and minuses. Even though there are quite a few actual and “fake” bulk-heads (fabric giving the feeling to sections) in the aircraft, there are still 98 of the same seats up top. This does take away a bit of the exclusive feel that flying in a premium seat normally has. However, if you are able to swing a first class ticket, there are only eight of those seats and definitely feels exclusive.

You will find 98 of these business class seats on the upper deck of Lufthansa's Airbus A380.

The business class product on the A380 is very similar to the product found on other aircraft with a few changes. There is a new universal outlet and an updated entertainment system with more content, which is good since I watched a good number of movies flying over on my Seattle to Frankfurt flight just 24 hours prior. Even with the updates, I was kind of hoping for a few more movie choices.

The best change is the ability to view one of three cameras located on the A380: on the tail, on the nose looking down and another looking straight. Of course, nothing beats seeing what is in front of the aircraft directly from the cockpit.

A few of us were invited to take a tour of the flight deck while we were over the Atlantic Ocean. I have been in cockpits during flights before, but never allowed to take photos — bonus. The five of us were easily able to fit in the flight deck and what an amazing view — inside and out. For some reason, seeing the vast blue sky and clouds looked so much better from the cockpit windscreen versus a side window.

The process of getting to the flight deck was a bit of an eye opener. I was sitting near the front of the upper deck, but we had to go to the back of the plane to use the rear stairs and then walk the length of the aircraft on the bottom deck. I have been on an empty A380 and it just doesn’t feel the same when every economy seat is taken. It felt like we had to walk a mile and through hundreds of people (420 to be exact) before getting to the cockpit. That was a heck of a lot of people and I was happy to return to the upper deck when the tour was complete.

Visiting the flight deck while in flight was amazing. I am being shown where we currently are with an old-school map.

I have been hearing how quiet the plane is during take off, but I kind of brushed it off as PR-talk. Since this was my first time taking a flight in one, I paid extra attention when we took off. I was genuinely shocked at how quiet the plane was at full throttle taking off from Frankfurt with a full load. It took us a good chunk of the runway to finally rotate, but it didn’t even sound like the engines were at full throttle — impressive.

The trip to Germany and the flight back were great experiences, but the landing easily trumped them of both. We touched down in Miami to hundreds of people lined up along the airport and freeway to greet the plane. I had never seen so many people line up to greet a plane like that before. This wasn’t just one group of people, but hundreds lining the length of the runway to catch a glimpse of our Airbus A380 landing — it was surreal.

I feel that Miami has a unique love affair with aviation. Eastern Air Lines used to be based in Miami and so many people are still very proud of the airline and the influence it had on aviation. Miami International Airport is proud to be one of very few airports to host the Airbus A380.

There were four fire trucks at Miami to greet the Airbus A380.

“Today is one of the proudest days in the history of MIA and Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Jose Abreu. “Lufthansa’s A380 service elevates MIA into an elite class of airports worldwide that are capable of receiving this groundbreaking aircraft. We congratulate Lufthansa and deeply appreciate them for helping us reach another historic milestone.”

The A380 is one large plane that is able to carry one heck of a lot of people. It provides better economics per passenger compared to other aircraft (when nearly full) and is amazing to see in person with its double decks. I still do not think the A380 is as majestic as the Boeing 747, but it does its job and does it well. It has a beauty all of its own that truly is hard to compare to other aircraft. This might have been my first A380 flight, but I doubt my last.
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Old June 16th, 2011, 12:30 AM   #2931
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Old June 16th, 2011, 12:05 PM   #2932
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I like this new modified titles.. Waiting for a modell in 1:400 from PH..
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Old June 16th, 2011, 05:21 PM   #2933
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Korean Air takes first A380 on special flights


INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Korean Air showed off its first Airbus A380, outfitted with a unique full business class upper deck, in a pair of special flights Thursday, a day before the launch of regular international service.

Korean Air Lines Co., South Korea's largest airline, is the sixth global carrier to introduce the hulking aircraft and the first in Northeast Asia to take delivery. The plane is manufactured by Toulouse, France-based Airbus.

The jumbo passenger jet rolled down the runway at Incheon International Airport west of Seoul on Thursday in the first of two demonstration flights. It flew east across South Korea and out over the ocean, passing low near the Dokdo islets that lie in waters between South Korea and Japan before returning.

The two islets are claimed by both countries. Seoul, however, controls them and stations a contingent of police there. The territory is known as Takeshima in Japan.

Korean Air's A380 begins international service Friday with roundtrip flights from Incheon to Japan's Narita airport, near Tokyo, and then from Incheon to Hong Kong later the same day.

Air France, Germany's Lufthansa, Dubai-based Emirates, Australia's Qantas and Singapore Airlines also fly the A380.

Cho Yang-ho, Korean Air's chairman and CEO, said that the introduction of the jet is part of the airline's emphasis on service.

"This is another step to show our customers our comfortable and efficient airplanes," Cho told The Associated Press on the day's first flight, for journalists. A second demonstration flight for VIPs was also scheduled Thursday.

Cho emphasized the airline's special configuration in which the upper deck is devoted solely to business class seats. Korean Air is so far the only airline to utilize the A380 in such a way.

Korean Air plans service to Bangkok beginning next month, to New York in August, to Paris in September and to Los Angeles in October, the airline said.

Keith Stonestreet, Airbus' product marketing director for the A380, said that Korean Air's launch of the plane helps his company promote market acceptance for it in Asia, which he called the "key market" for the future.

"We're looking to the growth of the Asian airlines as being a core part of the business," Stonestreet said. China Southern Airlines will be the next carrier in the region to take delivery later this year, with Malaysia Airlines System and Thai Airways International set for 2012, he added.

Korean Air has ordered a total of 10 A380s. The airline has also chosen to go with the fewest number of seats — 407 — of any airline flying the plane so far. Air France and Lufthansa have the most seats at present with 525 to 530, Stonestreet said.

Air Austral, which flies between Paris and La Reunion in the Indian Ocean, plans to take the A380 in an all economy configuration of 820 seats, he said.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 09:24 PM   #2934
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Old June 19th, 2011, 09:32 PM   #2935
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Always nice to see pictures with first flights at airports.. Especially this one, the A380 at Miami an in the back the Dreamliner.. Very nice..

Is this terminal also build for the A380.?????

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Notice how one of the airline logos covered up?
Airbus has a new customer. Can't wait to find out who!
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Why are they spraying that A380 in Miami?
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Old June 20th, 2011, 01:25 PM   #2940
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Why are they spraying that A380 in Miami?
Its a way of saluting the aircraft and crew.
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