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Old March 28th, 2013, 05:09 AM   #4781
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Old March 28th, 2013, 06:46 AM   #4782
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Old March 28th, 2013, 07:14 AM   #4783
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I excuse for the following ignorant question, but could anyone explain to me and other noobs why does an aircraft going from Toulouse directly to Thailand have to do all that circle above Switzerland and Austria instead of just cutting through Naples?
Cartography lesson: the Earth is round! Definition of the great circle:

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For any two points on a sphere, there is a great circle through the two points. The minor arc of the great circle is the shortest surface path between them. It makes perfect sense when you look at a round globe and try to connect two points.
We often use Equirectangular Projections (flat map) to depict the Earth because it's the most simple and familiar map. But Equirectangular Projections are all but accurate at the equator. As you move away from the equator, the less accurate it is. North America, Europe, Asia, Antartica, are visually larger than they really are:


Source: Wikipedia; Tissot Indicatrix

The most accurate way to visually examine the long distances between different points in the Earth is to use a polar projection. In that case, you would get the following between TLS and BKK:

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=TLS-BKK&MS=wls&MP=p&DU=mi

And to put it in a rectangular projection, it is thus:

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=TLS-BKK&MS=wls&MP=r&DU=mi

So TGs A380 is actually not too far off from the closest distance between two points. And that is perhaps due to a number of different factors: (1) weather conditions; (2) pre-determined "zones" of flying; (3) other aircraft flight paths.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 09:15 AM   #4784
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Cartography lesson: the Earth is round!
For more information see www.theflatearthsociety.org
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Old March 28th, 2013, 10:52 AM   #4785
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I excuse for the following ignorant question, but could anyone explain to me and other noobs why does an aircraft going from Toulouse directly to Thailand have to do all that circle above Switzerland and Austria instead of just cutting through Naples?
Western Europe is a busy piece of airspace so planes have to follow various corridors. It never really is a fully direct line or an optimal great circle.

I won't be surprised if the same logic applies to the NE US as well.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #4786
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2013.03.21.02 ROISSY CdG - Airbus A380-841 ( 9V-SKD - cn.8) de la Cie Singapore Airlines by alainmichot93, on Flickr
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Old March 28th, 2013, 09:19 PM   #4787
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Old March 29th, 2013, 01:46 PM   #4788
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^ Great information. Thank you for posting.
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Old March 29th, 2013, 03:01 PM   #4789
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Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...139&sec=nation
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Published: Friday March 29, 2013 MYT 6:00:00 PM
Updated: Friday March 29, 2013 MYT 7:00:20 PM

Malaysia Airlines gets sixth Airbus A380
By PATRICK LEE



SEPANG: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) took delivery of its sixth Airbus A380 aircraft on Friday, the last of a purchase order made by the carrier in Dec 2003.

MAS group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the plane was also the 100th A380 to be released from its assembly plant in Toulouse, France.

"It's a long time coming, and we're very happy to receive the sixth aircraft," he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

According to MAS, the aircraft departed from France on Thursday before arriving in Malaysia at around 3:30pm.

With a capacity of 494 seats, MAS plans to use the plane as part of the A380 fleet's double daily trips to London and single daily trips to Paris.

The A380s will also fly daily trips to Hong Kong, starting May 1, 2013.
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Old March 29th, 2013, 08:42 PM   #4790
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Glasgow next European destination for Emirates Airbus A380
29 March 2012

Emirates Airlines have publicly hinted that they could schedule the huge Airbus A380 onto the popular and ever growing Glasgow to Dubai route.

The airline currently offers two daily Boeing 777-300ER flights from Glasgow International to Dubai and with up to 30,000 passengers using the service each month, making it Scotland’s most successful long haul air route.

In an interview with Air Transport World, Emirates president Tim Clark stated: “Barcelona and Glasgow are the next A380 destinations.”

Emirates already fly the Airbus A380 into London Heathrow and Manchester although it is not yet confirmed when Emirates will begin A380 flights to Glasgow.

Emirates currently operate 31 Airbus A380 type aircraft with a further 59 on order. Glasgow International Airport is Scotland’s gateway to the world and it is the only airport in Scotland with multiple daily wide-body long haul flights on aircraft including Airbus A330, Boeing 747, Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 operating to North America, Central America, Asia and the Middle East.
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Old March 29th, 2013, 09:08 PM   #4791
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I'm not familiar with EK's MNL scheduling but I'll say with 90+ A380's on order they will most certainly operate on a regular service into MNL.
Well, as far as I recall, it has 3 daily rotations (one morning, one early evening, one red-eye), and it is usually served with a 2-class B77W. Let me find out the exact flight schedules to be clear.
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Old March 29th, 2013, 09:20 PM   #4792
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Well, as far as I recall, it has 3 daily rotations (one morning, one early evening, one red-eye), and it is usually served with a 2-class B77W. Let me find out the exact flight schedules to be clear.
Is MNL T1 equipped for A380's? The gate area would certainly be cramped, to say the least!
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Is MNL T1 equipped for A380's? The gate area would certainly be cramped, to say the least!
I sense that even the gates at T3 aren't even capable for the A380s... maybe ask MIAA and DOTC to build at least one or two gates (one each at T1 and T3) to allow the A380. I mean, it is becoming a popular aircraft, so why not build one to allow the large plane to operate to MNL?
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Old March 29th, 2013, 10:11 PM   #4794
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I sense that even the gates at T3 aren't even capable for the A380s... maybe ask MIAA and DOTC to build at least one or two gates (one each at T1 and T3) to allow the A380. I mean, it is becoming a popular aircraft, so why not build one to allow the large plane to operate to MNL?
Absolutely agree.
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Old March 29th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #4795
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2 A380 fly over Sydney

-> http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/q...-1226608348515
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Old March 29th, 2013, 11:44 PM   #4796
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As I mentioned before, BA's first A380 is currently in the paint hangar. I just got word that it should be rolled out on the 15th of April.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 10:40 AM   #4797
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EKs working year ends at the end of March, and it's been said that EK will recieve 17 A380s from Airbus from April 1st, 2013 to March 31st, 2014 next year.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 11:31 AM   #4798
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Old March 30th, 2013, 01:32 PM   #4799
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