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Old December 14th, 2012, 12:43 AM   #4381
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The answer is plain and simple: No, there is not plan to put 2-class of service on the A380. Even taking into account how old is already that article the "no" answer looks like even more forceful than never before.

Two class of service is not a logic election to put in an VLA airframe, specially nowadays. Airlines who want a 2-class configuration have other planes like the B-777/A-340 and smaller.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 01:09 AM   #4382
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Andrex, you are right, Emirates has a lot of 2 class 77W's and has gone very quiet on the 2 class A380.
I just want to explore one more of their prime 2 class routes, Manila. Just recently Emirates has added a third daily 77W flight giving a total of 1284 seats in each direction. Substituting 2 A380's at 644 seats gives a total of 1288. Of course, there are reasons that this will not happen in the near future, but never say never.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 05:08 AM   #4383
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.... if not, why on earth could be the A380 flying today on the World's skies?
An aircraft is certified with a set maximum number of passengers. For example, you won't be able to cram more people onto an A320 by installing standing room only because it was not certified to carry that much more.

Just checked Airbus - the max capacity for the A380 is 853 people : http://www.airbus.com/company/aircra...certification/
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Old December 14th, 2012, 06:13 AM   #4384
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Andrex, you are right, Emirates has a lot of 2 class 77W's and has gone very quiet on the 2 class A380.
I just want to explore one more of their prime 2 class routes, Manila. Just recently Emirates has added a third daily 77W flight giving a total of 1284 seats in each direction. Substituting 2 A380's at 644 seats gives a total of 1288. Of course, there are reasons that this will not happen in the near future, but never say never.
With that case, Manila will have multiple connections with EK via Dubai to fly to anywhere in the world indeed. And Manila is not the only city that will get additional flights: Jakarta will receive another additional daily service (same aircraft), as well as Kuala Lumpur (4x weekly, A332). I think, though, realistically, that Manila might not get an A380 flight soon because the current airport infrastructure does not have a gate dedicated to the super jumbo, yet I don't know how much demand will there be for the Philippines to have an A380 flight. Hopefully, with a brand new airport to be constructed (link on my signature below), Manila will construct at least two A380-capable gates that would further boost the country's economy even further.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 07:28 PM   #4385
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Old December 21st, 2012, 05:45 PM   #4386
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a380production "looks like the first section for Qatar's first A380 began construction in XFW on Monday"

Source : http://forum.a380production.com/boar...hp/t-1488.html
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Old December 21st, 2012, 11:13 PM   #4387
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Emirates will operate the A380 on Dubai-Barcelona route on 24th feb and first march.

Source : http://airlineroute.net/2012/12/20/ek-bcn-feb13/


Delivery of the 29th for Emirates two days ago, and third for Thai must have occured today.
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Old December 31st, 2012, 11:27 AM   #4388
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Old December 31st, 2012, 08:44 PM   #4389
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Old January 1st, 2013, 05:24 AM   #4390
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What new airlines will get their a380 this year apart from BA?
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Old January 1st, 2013, 10:40 PM   #4391
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What new airlines will get their a380 this year apart from BA?
(According to Wikipedia, i know it's not the most accurate of sources)
Kingdom Holding Company
, that's it just BA and the K.H.C.
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Old January 1st, 2013, 10:59 PM   #4392
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(According to Wikipedia, i know it's not the most accurate of sources)
Kingdom Holding Company, that's it just BA and the K.H.C.
Perhaps more orders can come from Chinese carriers, if not anywhere else in Asia.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 07:04 AM   #4393
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By Chinese, I hope that includes Cathay Pacific. Their 744's are really looking tired these days.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 07:07 AM   #4394
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Yes, Cathay Pacific can be considered a Chinese carrier too, but it still holds its British heritage.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 08:50 AM   #4395
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Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380 9M-MNA banking away from London Heathrow Airport by Cosec59, on Flickr

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Two gorgeous super jumbos! I'm looking forward to seeing a SQ A380 as it does a daily SFO-HKG-SIN rotation (although it's at nighttime)
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Sweet close up!

Next question: what would be the difference between the current A380 and a "lighter" version that EK would probably use to operate between DXB and places like SFO, LAX, and other ultra-long haul services?
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Next question: what would be the difference between the current A380 and a "lighter" version that EK would probably use to operate between DXB and places like SFO, LAX, and other ultra-long haul services?
Airbus has formally detailed new higher - and lower - weight variants of the A380 in its latest aircraft characteristics documentation for the type.

Three additional weight variants - designated WV006, WV007 and WV008 - have been included in a revision of the airframer's technical information.

WV008 has a maximum take-off weight of 575t, the highest offered by Airbus.

This variant will have a maximum landing weight of 394t and a maximum zero-fuel weight of 369t.

Airbus has developed the type to increase the double-deck aircraft's range to around 8,500nm (15,700km) and it will enter service in 2013.

But the documentation also shows a 573t variant, WV006, with respective landing and zero-fuel weights of 395t and 373t.

The highest A380 weight previously offered was 569t on WV002.

Airbus has included its lowest-weight version, WV007 at 490t, in the document, which was updated at the beginning of November. The airframer intends this version to meet QC1 noise criteria for departure.

There are nine weight variants of the A380 on offer.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...riants-379235/
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Emirates doubles A380 capacity to New York and Paris
Twice daily service from Dubai


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Published Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Emirates airline has doubled its A380 capacity to New York's John F. Kennedy and Paris' Charles De Gaulle airports with a twice daily service from Dubai.

Upgrading capacity into New York by 1848 seats per week, flights EK203 and EK204 will now be operated by the Airbus A380-800. EK203 departs from Dubai at 0225hrs, arriving at JFK at 0745hrs.

The return sector EK204 leaves JFK at 1040hrs arriving in Dubai at 0810hrs the next day. In Paris, an additional 2198 seats per week will be added; EK 075 leaves Dubai at 1500hrs and arrives in Paris at 1930hrs.

The return flight, EK 076 departs Paris at 2110hrs and gets into Dubai at 0640hrs the next day.

"The decision to commit a second A380 to both New York and Paris is a clear indication of customer demand, for the state-of-the-art aircraft and these two popular destinations," said Thierry Antinori, Emirates' Executive Vice President, Passenger Sales Worldwide.

"New York and Paris are both important routes for Emirates and its customers. Adding larger capacity aircraft is central to helping us meet growing passenger demand and will also boost economic support for American and French international commerce."

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