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Old September 14th, 2011, 02:36 AM   #3161
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Old September 14th, 2011, 06:42 AM   #3162
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Old September 14th, 2011, 11:59 AM   #3163
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Old September 14th, 2011, 01:57 PM   #3164
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Nice, but I want that plane covered with airlines names hihihi
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Old September 14th, 2011, 06:48 PM   #3165
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Old September 15th, 2011, 06:11 AM   #3166
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The A380 looks like a white whale and not a pretty one. As far as super jumbo jets are concern, AN-225 is by far the most elegant.
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Old September 15th, 2011, 11:17 AM   #3167
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Nothing comes close to the C5 Galaxy

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Old September 15th, 2011, 02:07 PM   #3168
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Old September 15th, 2011, 03:20 PM   #3169
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Rolls-Royce receives engine order from new customer




LONDON (SHARECAST) - Rolls-Royce bagged a new customer on Thursday, after Japanese airline Skymark Airlines selected its Trent 900 engines to power six Airbus A380 aircraft.

“Skymark will benefit from the commitment of Rolls-Royce to continually improve the performance and dependability of its engines. The Trent 900s it has ordered will incorporate enhancements in design and materials that will yield almost a 2% improvement in fuel efficiency compared with those in service today,” the statement said.

Trent 900 engines were used in the very first A380 to enter service 2007, the group said. More than two-thirds of airlines who have ordered the aircraft are now using the engines.

“This latest order, from a new customer, confirms the Trent 900 as the true market leader and engine of choice for the majority of A380 operators,” said Rolls-Royce senior vice president Jim Sheard.

Rolls announced on Wednesday that it has won a contract from India’s Cochin Shipyard to supply 60 water jets for a fleet of fast petrol vessels for the Ind
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Old September 16th, 2011, 08:37 AM   #3170
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The C-5 Galaxy looks good but I dislike the T-tail design
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Old September 16th, 2011, 09:16 AM   #3171
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China Southern Challenges Cathay Pacific by Adding A380 on Overseas Routes
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China Southern Airlines Co.’s focus on domestic flights made it Asia’s largest carrier by passengers. Now, it’s adding Airbus SAS A380s to help challenge Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (293) and Singapore Airlines Ltd. (SIA) on routes to Europe and North America.

The carrier, which flew 76.5 million passengers last year, will begin flying the first of five superjumbos next month. It will be the seventh operator worldwide and the only one in China. The double-decker planes will spearhead the state-controlled company’s drive to more than double the percentage of capacity deployed on overseas routes to 35 percent by 2015, said Yang Bo, the head of its planning department.

“Flying A380s will put us in a completely different league,” he said, declining to name routes for the 506-seat aircraft before a Sept. 20 event. “We hope to use the planes to build a good brand image and to raise our profile overseas.”

The carrier has added services to Vancouver, Auckland and Amsterdam this year as it boosts international capacity 33 percent and tries to develop Guangzhou airport into a global hub rivaling Hong Kong less than 200 kilometers (125 miles) away. Air China Ltd. (601111) and China Eastern Airlines Corp. are also boosting overseas flights as economic growth means the number of Chinese travelers flying abroad this year may rise 13 percent to 65 million, according to the state-run China National Tourism Administration.

‘Amazing Position’

“The Chinese carriers are in an amazing position,” said Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN) Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce. “They have got the scale that will make them huge and I think they will be a big challenge for the Middle Eastern carriers as well as the Asian carriers.”

China Southern will fly its first A380 from Oct. 18 to Oct. 28 on routes between Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou to test operations and promote the aircraft before moving it onto international routes. The superjumbos will have eight first- class seats, 70 in business and 428 in coach.

The airline plans to boost its total fleet to 645 planes by the end of 2015 from 424 planes as of June.

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“China Southern’s aggressive expansion will definitely hit Cathay and other Australian routes operators,” said Kelvin Lau, a Hong Kong-based Daiwa Securities Group analyst. “Still, a new player may grow the overall market.”

The carrier is little changed this year in Hong Kong trading, compared with a 38 percent decline for Cathay Pacific and a 20 percent drop for Air China. Qantas has tumbled 39 percent in Sydney.

The effectiveness of the China Southern A380s in winning premium passengers will depend upon the quality of cabins and other facilities, said Qantas’ Joyce. The Australian airline operates superjumbos, along with Singapore Airlines, Air France, Emirates Airline, Korean Air Lines Co. and Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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International Growth

China Southern flew a total of 3.9 million passengers on international routes in the first eight months of the year, 16 percent more than a year earlier. On domestic routes, passenger numbers rose 4.2 percent to 48.5 million, while capacity rose 5.6 percent. The carrier also flew 1.2 million travelers on Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan routes.

The rise in international passenger numbers has come at the cost of margins. On overseas routes, the airline’s yields, a measure of average fares, were 5 percent lower in the first half of this year than in the second half of last year even as fuel costs rose, UOB-Kay Hian Holdings Ltd. analysts K. Ajith and Eugene Ng said in a Sept. 13 note. That contributed to operating margin falling to 6.1 percent from 10.6 percent in the same period, they said. The analysts reiterated a ‘sell’ rating.

Still, China Southern boosted first-half net income 33 percent in the first half to 2.76 billion yuan ($432 million) on rising domestic travel and currency gains from the stronger yuan.

“Profitability is the last thing China Southern considers in overseas expansion,” said Li Lei, a Beijing-based China Securities Co. analyst. “The priority is to grab more market share.”


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Old September 16th, 2011, 12:54 PM   #3172
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Nice to see that the A380 "Zürich" has a fan club in the Swiss Air Force!

The Austrian Air Force had the same idea with the A380 "Wien".
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Old September 16th, 2011, 08:44 PM   #3173
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Old September 16th, 2011, 08:49 PM   #3174
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Old September 16th, 2011, 11:11 PM   #3175
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Old September 17th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #3176
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Old September 17th, 2011, 12:49 PM   #3177
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Old September 17th, 2011, 03:26 PM   #3178
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The interior looks nice and comfortable but the color makes it look like a flying hospital due to that light blue.
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Old September 17th, 2011, 06:59 PM   #3179
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I agree, it looks like a nurse can come any minute to make a blood test.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #3180
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I agree, it looks like a nurse can come any minute to make a blood test.
same here, looks cold and monotonous... but it's still nice like you said, hope to try it out once in my lifetime...
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