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Old July 21st, 2011, 07:55 PM   #3041
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July 18, 2011 4:01 AM PDT
The giant Airbus A380 and the tiny French village
by Daniel Terdiman

LEVIGNAC, France--I'm looking up toward the sky at two things you wouldn't expect to be right next to each other. One is the "boulangerie" sign outside the bakery in this tiny French village. The other is the "Airbus A380" logo emblazoned on the protective cover on one end of a segment of giant airplane fuselage.

Why would two such things be next to each other? Because late Friday night, a truck convoy carrying all the major components of the next A380 that Airbus will build--the world's largest passenger plane, a full double-decker giant--passed through this hamlet near Toulouse, France, often literally within inches of some of Levignac's buildings.

Airbus manufactures these components--the wings, the tail fins, the fuselage sections--in facilities in Spain, England, Germany, and France. Each is then shipped to Bordeaux, France, and then together, they're put on a barge to another French town, Langon. And from there, each segment is put on the back of a truck, and then, along with a large escort of police and security vehicles, the whole lot crosses about 124 miles of countryside on its way to Toulouse, where Airbus actually assembles the gigantic A380s.

To accommodate the massive task of ferrying all these airplane parts across so much territory, France created a new road, the Itineraire a Grand Gabarit, with the primary goal being that the convoy should be able to skirt towns and bridges. But in Levignac, the convoy has no choice but to pass right through the middle--usually after 11 o'clock at night, and every two weeks or so, when Airbus is ready to begin working on the next A380. And that means it's party time. As part of CNET Road Trip 2011, I stopped in to check out the festivities.

Hundreds of locals--and others--line the streets, many with drinks in hand, waiting for the convoy to make its way through town. At first, the flashing lights that get the crowd perked up turn out to be just a cop showing up to give a car parked on the main drag--where the trucks will soon be driving--a ticket and get it towed. And then it's the vanguard of convoy vans, making sure all is in order. But then, there it is: Something very large appears at the far end of the street--it's a little hard to see, because it's after 11, remember--and while you can't quite tell what it is, you know it wasn't there a minute ago, and that it's not an everyday thing in this little burg.

And then, there are wings. Gigantic A380 wings--first one on its own truck, wrapped tight in plastic, and then the other. And then the massive tail fins, which themselves are as big as the wings on an Airbus A320. And then three huge sections of A380 fuselage. One after another--each piece dominating your field of vision, and grabbing the full attention of everyone nearby.

It is something to see. And then, just like that, just when you're getting used to what's going on, and hoping for more, the convoy is past. Having cleared the main part of town and reached the place where the road widens, the trucks suddenly pick up speed. And then they're gone, and the crowd spills into the street, and it's like a concert has ended--cars driving in every direction, people milling around, a sense that something cool just happened. But now it's over.

Except if you happen to drive the next morning near the A380 assembly plant in Blagnac, outside Toulouse. You can't get inside, but you don't need to. From a frontage road just alongside, you can see them. All those giant airplane segments, stationed quietly outside the plant, with no one around except a stray security guard. And since it's a Saturday, all you can think is one thing, even though you know it's not quite like this: On Monday, when all the folks at the plant get to work, they're going to discover one heck of a package waiting for them.

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Old July 22nd, 2011, 06:13 AM   #3042
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the Frist Cabin flight from the Korean HL-7612 its no 3 for Korean Airlines

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Old July 22nd, 2011, 08:55 AM   #3043
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Incident: Korean A388 at Tokyo on Jul 21st 2011, engine pod strike
By Simon Hradecky, created Thursday, Jul 21st 2011 17:25Z, last updated Thursday, Jul 21st 2011 17:26Z
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A Korean Air Airbus A380-800, registration HL7611 performing flight KE-701 from Seoul (South Korea) to Tokyo Narita (Japan) with 168 people on board, landed on Tokyo's runway 34L at a right bank angle sufficient to have the outboard right engine's pod contact the runway surface. The airplane rolled out safely at around 11:20L (02:20Z) and taxied to the apron.

The airport reported the runway was closed for about 20 minutes for a runway inspection which revealed scratch marks on the runway surface.

Following checks the aircraft was able to perform its return flight KE-702 normally reaching Seoul with a delay of one hour.



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Old July 22nd, 2011, 11:21 PM   #3045
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Scary landing of a korean A380 at Tokyo


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A Korean Air Airbus A380-800, registration HL7611 performing flight KE-701 from Seoul (South Korea) to Tokyo Narita (Japan) with 168 people on board, landed on Tokyo's runway 34L at a right bank angle sufficient to have the outboard right engine's pod contact the runway surface. The airplane rolled out safely at around 11:20L (02:20Z) and taxied to the apron.

The airport reported the runway was closed for about 20 minutes for a runway inspection which revealed scratch marks on the runway surface.

Following checks the aircraft was able to perform its return flight KE-702 normally reaching Seoul with a delay of one hour.
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 12:43 PM   #3046
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 01:24 PM   #3047
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Emirates from 1oct11 is replacing b777-300ER to a380-800 on Dubai johannesburg route
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 04:33 PM   #3048
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 07:08 PM   #3049
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Airbus A380-841 / Malaysia Airlines - F-WW?? - c/n 0078
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 08:13 PM   #3050
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 08:44 PM   #3051
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^ So there were spotters at the airport that day!
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 09:16 PM   #3052
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Emirates is updating their a380 plan.
Just saw it on airliners.net

An A380 dedicated update to the 2011/12 operating plan:

Effective 30 October 2011
EK302/303 DXB-PVG-DXB – upgrade to A380-800 on a Daily basis from the current 3x weekly

Effective 1 December 2011[/COLOR]EK097/098 DXB-FCO-DXB – aircraft upgrade from B777-300 to A380-800 (ULR version)

EK346/347 DXB-KUL-DXB – aircraft upgrade from B777-300ER to A380-800 (ULR version)

The above are all subject to government approval, not loaded into the reservation system yet and still subject to change.

There are some other smaller updates to the operating plan e.g. TUN and KRT both increasing to Daily, SEZ’s 2 nd frequency remaining at 4x weekly and not rising to the planned Daily service, all of which I have not outlined in detail.

EK406/407 DXB-MEL-AKL-MEL-DXB will also likely upgrade to the A380 by March 2012.

Sneak preview for 2012/13 operating plan: The new lighter A380s which will have more range are planned to be deployed on EK225/226 DXB-SFO-DXB and EK261/262 DXB-GRU-DXB. No firm dates yet.
Keep discovering - more interesting developments ahead.
As always, all info posted above subject to operational changes.
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 11:31 PM   #3053
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Old July 24th, 2011, 11:19 AM   #3054
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Scary picture and surely a very tense moment for passengers and the piloting crew. What was the reason for this difficult landing? Was it nature influencing, technology failing or human error? If human error is to blame, other questions arise; is the plane too big to have a good overview for the pilots and if the plane can land itself, should it?
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Scary picture and surely a very tense moment for passengers and the piloting crew. What was the reason for this difficult landing? Was it nature influencing, technology failing or human error? If human error is to blame, other questions arise; is the plane too big to have a good overview for the pilots and if the plane can land itself, should it?
To me that looks like a wind issue! The plane was not damaged and could start short time after this again. So there can't be a technical issue!
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Old July 24th, 2011, 03:52 PM   #3056
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Old July 25th, 2011, 07:12 AM   #3057
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Published: 24/07/2011 - Filed under: News »

With Korean Air becoming the sixth carrier to operate the Airbus superjumbo, Business Traveller and seatplans.com examine the different A380 layouts offered by SIA, Emirates, Qantas, Air France, Lufthansa and Korean.

Korea’s flag carrier took delivery of its first A380 on May 24 from the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, and put the aircraft into service on routes from Seoul to Tokyo and Hong Kong from mid June.

The carrier is the first airline to dedicate the entire upper deck of the aircraft to business class, with 94 Prestige sleeper seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. (For more information see online news January 18). However SIA has revealed it will also move to an all-business class upper deck on its new A380 deliveries (see online news May 23).

The upper deck of the Korean Air superjumbo features an onboard bar and lounge area for business and first class passengers, with smart blue and white seating, a flatscreen TV and bar area.

The lower deck features 12 first class and 301 economy seats, making a total of 407 on board the aircraft, the lowest number of seats for any A380 operator so far. SIA will offer 409 seats with its new A380 configuration.



Korean Air also offers an inflight Duty Free "showcase" at the back of the lower deck, occupying a space equivalent to 13 economy seats (see online news April 18).

It’s not the first time that an A380 operator has opted to use some of its precious onboard space for something other than seating – Emirates has showers in its first class cabins, while Qantas has a lounge area for its premium passengers located at the front of the upper deck, Air France has a digital gallery also at the front of the upper deck, and SIA famously offers double beds in first class.

Having two full passenger decks has given the six A380 operators plenty of scope in terms of aircraft configuration, and as you can see from this table each carrier has opted for distinct layouts. The only constants are the presence of an economy cabin on the lower deck (albeit in some cases in conjunction with a smaller economy cabin on the upper deck), and all six airlines have opted to place business class on the upper deck.



The carriers disagree on the best place for their first class cabins, with Emirates and Lufthansa opting for the upper deck, and Qantas, SIA, Air France and Korean Air all choosing to locate their most premium seats on the lower deck. Note that Qantas A380 aircraft delivered after 2012 will not feature first class at all, and these planes will also see a different configuration in economy, premium economy and business class (see online news February 18, 2010).



It should also be noted that both Emirates and Air France have more than one configuration for their A380 aircraft. In the case of Emirates the carrier has a 489-seat layout which includes a crew rest area at the back of the economy cabin, necessary for its longest flights served by the superjumbo, whereas routes to the UK, for instance, use A380s without this crew area, meaning there are an additional 28 economy seats in the cabin.



Air France currently has both three and four-class A380 aircraft, as its original superjumbos were launched without the carrier’s new Premium Voyageur (premium economy) class, and so feature a total of 538 seats in an economy, business and first class layout. Newer deliveries have seen 69 economy seats on the upper deck being replaced by 38 Premium Voyageur seats (see online news February 18 for more information). The carrier plans to gradually retrofit its existing three-class A380 aircraft with the new seating.



In terms of economy Korean Air has the fewest seats at 301, followed by SIA's new A380 configuration at 311, then Qantas at 332, which along with Air France is one of only two A380 carriers to offer a premium economy cabin.

Emirates' A380s configured without the crew rest area have the largest economy offering at 427 seats, followed by the Lufthansa aircraft at 420 (all on the lower deck), while Air France has the most seats overall at 538, some 131 seats more than the Korean Air 407-seat layout. But all of the current capacities will pale into insignificance compared to the 840-seat layout planned by Air Austral (see online news January 19, 2009).



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A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 flight to Hong Kong returned to its base after 20 minutes in the air when one of the plane’s four Rolls-Royce Plc Trent engines shut down, the carrier said.

The A380 with 368 passengers and 21 crew aboard landed normally at 11:17 a.m. yesterday and no one was injured, Nick Ionides, a Singapore Airlines spokesman, said in a telephone interview. The engine shut off “due to surge and high vibrations.”

The incident comes almost nine months after a Trent engine on an A380 operated by Qantas Airways exploded. Australian regulators said in May that Rolls-Royce had made an oil pipe too thin, with the defect causing a fracture that let oil leak and ignite, weakening a turbine disc which fractured and separated from its shaft. Rolls-Royce has since addressed the problem by replacing the defective part.

“It is very unlikely to be a common cause with the problems Qantas had, because clearly all the engines that are flying have had that issue resolved,” Nick Cunningham, managing partner at London-based research company Agency Partners, said today. “In-flight shutdowns are rare but not so rare that one should get overly concerned about it.”

LOOKING INTO INCIDENT
Rolls-Royce is “aware of the incident, and we work closely with Singapore Airlines to provide appropriate support and technical assistance,” Erin Atan, a spokeswoman in Singapore for the London-based engine manufacturer, said today.

Airbus is looking into the incident together with Rolls- Royce and the airline,’’ said Sean Lee, a spokesman for the planemaker in Singapore.

The Qantas engine explosion on Nov. 4 was the most significant safety issue an A380 had faced since the double- decker aircraft began passenger flights in October 2007, and it prompted scrutiny of Rolls-Royce engines.

Rolls-Royce fell as much as 1.4% to 643.5 pence and was down 0.4% as of 9:16 a.m. in London trading. That pared the stock’s gain this year to 6%.

The company is one of two providers of engines for the A380. Power plants are also available from Engine Alliance, a General Electric Co. and Pratt & Whitney venture, which supplies A380 customers such as Emirates and Air France-KLM Group.

Airbus, based in Toulouse, France, is a unit of European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co.
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Emirates will be the first airline to offer scheduled A380 services to Malaysia from December 1.

The Dubai-based carrier will operate daily flight EK346 with the superjumbo, departing the UAE at 0405 and arriving in KL at 1455, with return leg EK347 leaving Malaysia at 1930 and landing back in Dubai at 2230.

The news means Emirates will pip Malaysia Airlines to the post in offering A380 services from Kuala Lumpur. MAS is set to take delivery of its first superjumbo next spring, and is believed to be planning to operate the aircraft on key routes to London and Amsterdam (see online news May 31).

Emirates recently inaugurated A380 services to Shanghai (see online news April 27), and will roster the superjumbos on to routes to Johannesburg (October 1) and Munich (January 1, 2012).

For more information visit emirates.com.
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