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Old August 12th, 2011, 03:51 AM   #3101
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Old August 12th, 2011, 07:23 PM   #3102
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Old August 12th, 2011, 07:32 PM   #3103
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The Newest A380: 407 Passengers Or 35 Million Ping-Pong Balls
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Admit it: your inner airplane geek has yearned to fly the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet since it debuted four years ago. But with so few of the planes in the skies (Airbus expects to have delivered about 65 total by year-end), and just a fraction of those reaching US shores, your options have been limited. For East Coasters flying to Asia there were no direct A380 flights - until this week, when Korean Air launched A380 service between New York (JFK) and Seoul Incheon.

What's to love about the A380? The world's largest passenger aircraft continues to impress with its massive scale - two full-length passenger decks (plus a third for cargo below), nearly 73 meters (239 feet) long by 80 meters (262 feet) wingspan by 24.5 meters (80 feet) tall. Airlines have outfitted the planes with ground-skybreaking amenities like showers (Emirates) and fully enclosed cabins (Emirates and Singapore Airlines) and are generally ramping up the design and cool factors. Personally, I was drawn in by its smooth, quiet ride.

If anything about the A380 has turned off some passengers, it's the record-breaking seating capacity: over 850 passengers if configured for all economy (although no airline has that configuration). Korean Air gets around that by designating the entire upper deck (94 seats) as business class, plus 12 first class suites and 301 economy class seats on the lower deck. That's a total of 407 seats, roughly the capacity of a typical Boeing 747. The airline's website also notes that the A380 could alternatively hold 35 million ping-pong balls, in case you were wondering.

Don't look for showers or private cabins, but Korean Air has duded it up with the Celestial Bar (sit-down bar with Asian inspired cool and custom cocktails and elixirs) and a shop-style duty-free gallery where passengers can browse products up close and order from their seats, eliminating the need for those pesky carts through the aisle.

Other airlines flying the A380 to the US are Air France (New York, San Francisco and Washington to Paris), Emirates (New York to Dubai), Lufthansa (Frankfurt to Miami and seasonally to New York and San Francisco - 747s at other times), Qantas (Los Angeles to Sydney and Melbourne) and Singapore Airlines (Los Angeles to Tokyo and Singapore).

And if your inner airplane geek is pinging now, wait until next month when, after years of production delays, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to make its first passenger flight, courtesy of Japan's All Nippon Airways.
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Old August 13th, 2011, 10:14 AM   #3104
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I like this photo of SFO.. It would be nice to see 2 A380's landing simultanious at SFO..
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Old August 13th, 2011, 07:41 PM   #3105
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I like it too!! It really shows the size of the A380 compared to the 747.
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Old August 13th, 2011, 07:52 PM   #3106
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but thats not a precise pic for comparing the size of two big birds, airbus is nearer on the camera than boeing.
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Old August 13th, 2011, 07:54 PM   #3107
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Someone needs to photograph a Beluga with an A380!
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Old August 14th, 2011, 12:53 AM   #3108
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its this OK ?











A380 and the Super Guppy



A380 vs JU52 (Junker)



A380 vs very little plane

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Old August 14th, 2011, 06:22 AM   #3109
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nice especially the last pic.
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Old August 14th, 2011, 11:19 AM   #3110
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Those are nice pics.. I wish I would live in Hamburg, I would be there almost every weekend..
Wonder what the guy is thinking in the little plane in the last picture..
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Old August 14th, 2011, 11:36 AM   #3111
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Hmm .. the Beluga is actually taller than the A380???
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Old August 14th, 2011, 12:14 PM   #3112
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on weekend its no traffic on the airport. sometimes fly a A380 on Saturday.

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The Beluga is a converted A300-600. Its the fin for a A380

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Old August 14th, 2011, 10:31 PM   #3113
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the lagest parts from the a380 was transport with the ship to Marseille and by heavy truck and barge to Toulouse

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Old August 15th, 2011, 06:56 PM   #3114
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the frist A380 China Southern on the runway







and the flightline with a380s


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Old August 16th, 2011, 02:28 PM   #3115
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Old August 16th, 2011, 06:50 PM   #3116
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Qantas Switches Focus to Asia With New Units
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Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN) Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce switched the airline’s focus to Asia with plans to start two new carriers, betting on the region’s growing prosperity to end losses at international operations.

Australia’s largest airline will form a Japanese budget carrier and an Asia-based full-service unit, while handing some Europe services to British Airways, it said in a statement today. Qantas will also order as many as 110 Airbus SAS A320s, including 78 of the revamped neo version, it said.

The Sydney-based carrier will cut 1,000 jobs and delay the delivery of six Airbus A380 jets under its plan to reverse A$200 million ($209 million) in annual overseas losses. Qantas intends to pare its reliance on the Australia-Europe route after losing market share to Emirates Airline and because of rising demand in Asia.

“The growth is going to come from Asia,” said Nachiket Moghe, an analyst with Morningstar Inc. in Auckland. “The passenger numbers from there continue to grow strongly and airlines need to position themselves for that.”

Qantas fell 0.3 percent to A$1.525 at the 4:10 p.m. market close in Sydney, after earlier gaining as much as 4.9 percent. The stock has fallen 40 percent this year compared with a 10 percent drop in Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index.

The airline’s budget unit Jetstar will form a low-cost carrier in Japan with Japan Airlines Co. and Mitsubishi Corp. (8058) Jetstar Japan plans to start domestic flights from Tokyo’s Narita and Osaka’s Kansai airports by the end of 2012 with a fleet of Airbus A320 jets. It will operate 24 planes within its “first few years,” Qantas said. Jetstar already has ventures in Singapore and Vietnam.

Singapore, Kuala Lumpur

Qantas hasn’t decided where to base the new Asian carrier, which will have a different brand, Joyce told reporters in Sydney today. Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are potential hubs for the venture, in which Qantas will likely have a large minority stake, he said.

“As a nation we used to fly over or via Asia, on our way to Europe,” Joyce said. “Now, we fly to Asia, both for business and relaxation.”

The Asia-Pacific region will be the most profitable aviation market this year, helped by economic growth in countries like China and India, the International Air Transport Association forecast in June.

On European routes, Qantas will scrap services via Bangkok and Hong Kong. Instead, it will focus on flights via its Singapore hub using A380s. British Airways will take travelers from Bangkok and Hong Kong to London and lease some slots at Heathrow from Qantas.

Qantas will offer voluntary redundancy packages as it cuts jobs, Joyce said. A cabin-crew buyout announced in June attracted about 400 workers.
‘Intend to Fight’

Qantas’ long-haul pilots union and a labor group representing check-in, clerical and information-technology staff criticized the plans for the cuts and the new carriers.

“We intend to fight this,” the Australian Services Union, the largest employee grouping at Qantas, said in an e-mailed statement today. “The ASU believes significant numbers of its members will ultimately be affected by this announcement.”

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the job losses were “regrettable.” He said he plans to enforce rules governing Qantas, such as requirements for a majority Australian ownership, a main operation base within the country and a board two-thirds comprised of local citizens.
Restructuring Costs

The restructuring will cost at least A$350 million, Chief Financial Officer Gareth Evans told reporters in Sydney today.

The company’s forecast for pretax earnings between A$500 million and A$550 million in the 12 months ended June is unchanged, it said. Qantas reports audited earnings on Aug. 24.

Qantas will delay six on-order A380s by at least five years, with deliveries only starting in the year beginning June 1, 2018 at the earliest. The airline will have 12 of the double-decker planes by the end of 2011. Two more will be handed over before June 2018. The airline will also upgrade nine Boeing Co. 747-400s by the end of next year.

On Americas routes, Qantas will switch its South American flights to Santiago from Buenos Aires to boost cooperation with Oneworld partner LAN Airlines SA. (LFL) The Australian carrier also intends to develop its partnership with AMR Corp.’s American in the U.S.

“We cannot fly our own aircraft to every port, but we will get our passengers wherever they want to go,” Joyce said.
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the frist cabin flight from the China Southern

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Wonder what the guy is thinking in the little plane in the last picture..

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MAS to review fleet

In line with focus to become a full-service premium carrier

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will review its entire fleet requirement, including the interiors for the A380 superjumbo and A330-300 aircraft, in line with the strategic shift to focus on being a full-service premium carrier.

According to a source, given the competitive landscape, MAS needed to ensure that its product was far more compelling than its rivals in the similar league, namely Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

Whether there is a need to speed up delivery of its aircraft order is unclear but a source did not rule out the possibility of the A380 aircraft “having horizontal beds and a lounge in the skies to match the offerings of other carriers with similar aircraft type.''

more: http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...0&sec=business
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the landing from China Southern



and the take off and landing from the Frist flight Korean Air HL7614


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