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Old April 22nd, 2013, 04:06 PM   #4901
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MSN137's (QR #1) tail is in paint.

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Old April 22nd, 2013, 04:10 PM   #4902
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 06:58 PM   #4903
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Dubai ? No Airbus Hamburg
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and the A6-EEG after a testflight
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 11:23 PM   #4904
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Airbus reduced the weight by another 4 tons and tweaked the wing twist a bit to reduce more drag. This results in a lower fuel burn so you can get more range or more payload with the same engine thrust. MSN095 is the first built with those improvements; MSN113 is the second one but will be delivered first.

Those relatively small improvements are common for airframes. I believe the current A330 can fly almost 2000nm further than the original A330 from 1992.

A "real" HGW A380 would have more powerful engines and a larger fuel capacity. Here is a slide of what such an A380 might look like:

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Old April 23rd, 2013, 01:00 AM   #4905
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That graph provides a very interesting insight indeed in terms of comparing and understanding how each of our most modern aircraft stand against each other, especially in terms of payload and range. It is very interesting of note that the A340-500 has indeed exceeded expectations in terms of range, but I think it falls short of what the B777-200LR can do, as well as the future A380-800R... plus I am surprised too that despite a heavy payload, the A380-800R can travel as far as roughly 7,500nm without any problems. However, judging the slope of the slant that would determine how far an aircraft can go safely, I'd sense that the B777-200LR provides a more economical and lasting solution for providing ultra-long haul services without sacrificing that much money for fuel. But, don't get me wrong: the A380-800R shows a lot of promise indeed.
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 10:53 AM   #4906
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Are you sure the graph is correct? The main reason why Emirates didn't buy the 748i, besides carrying less passengers, is because it couldn't do DXB-LAX economically, whereas the improved A380s will.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 01:53 PM   #4907
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Old April 25th, 2013, 06:26 PM   #4908
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Old April 25th, 2013, 08:03 PM   #4910
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I always wonder what could've been if A380 was lanuched 10 years later than it was and made out of CFRP. The numbers would've been crazy. For such a huge plane weight savings would've been huge. And then imagine an A380-1000. You could probably fly for free in that thing!
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Old April 25th, 2013, 10:11 PM   #4911
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Old April 25th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #4912
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AIRFRANCE to Start A380 Service to Shanghai from September 2013


AIRFRANCE from 02SEP13 is to introduce Airbus A380 operation on Paris CDG – Shanghai Pu Dong route, where it’ll operate 3 times a week. Reservation for the A380 service opened earlier today (25APR13).

AF112 CDG1340 – 0640+1PVG 77W D
AF116 CDG2320 – 1620+1PVG 388 145
AF116 CDG2320 – 1620+1PVG 77W x145

AF117 PVG1040 – 1650CDG 77W D
AF111 PVG2320 – 0535+1CDG 77W x256
AF111 PVG2320 – 0535+1CDG 388 256

As a result of A380 redeployment, AIRFRANCE will cancel A380 service to Singapore from the same date.
AF256 CDG2320 – 1815+1SIN 77W D
AF257 SIN2300 – 0610+1CDG 77W D
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Old April 25th, 2013, 11:13 PM   #4913
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I haven't been following Air France A380 ops closely but it seems that they are struggling to find the ideal destinations that will make it work for them. I also read that they are in negotiations with Airbus to delay their next A380's.
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Old April 26th, 2013, 12:12 AM   #4914
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a380 british almost concluded....
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Old April 26th, 2013, 06:20 AM   #4915
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Flight simulator: at the helm of an A380
A new £10m simulator is being used to train BA's first A380 pilots... and Telegraph Travel's Oliver Smith.
25 Apr 2013
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I tightened my grip on the aircraft’s joystick, but the command caught me completely off-guard. I had frozen.

The voice took on greater urgency: “Descend now!”

Finally my hand responded, and we lurched towards the ground. Through the inevitable drizzle over northern England, I spotted the reason for the concern. Barely a hundred feet above, another plane shot across our path. The 550 souls on board would never know how close we’d come to oblivion, only to be saved by my cool head – or, more accurately, the in-built collision avoidance system.

The rain fell harder, the skies grew bumpier, but finally I could see the runway, and gingerly guided us towards it. This was my Hollywood moment – captain and co-pilot incapacitated by a dodgy paella, I was the one brave passenger, who, with no experience, was prepared to land the plane in horrendous conditions. Cue Leslie Nielsen of Airplane!: “I just want to tell you both: good luck, we’re all counting on you.”

I fought to keep the wings of the 400-ton aircraft level, and pictured ashen-faced passengers mouthing silent prayers, hugging loved ones, or just trying to hold down their lunch. The runway closing in fast, I allowed myself a moment to picture the heroes’ welcome I would undoubtedly receive…

“Sinkrate!”

The on-board computer came to the rescue again – I was descending too fast. I corrected our trajectory, the wheels came out, and we touched down on the slick Manchester tarmac. A textbook landing.

Ok, so I hadn’t saved lives, or even taken the controls of an actual aircraft. But I’d come closer to doing so than most people ever will - £10 million buys you a frighteningly realistic experience.

That’s how much British Airways spent on its newest simulator, which will be used in the coming months to train the pilots who will fly its fleet of enormous Airbus “superjumbo” A380s – the first of which will be delivered in July.

It is BA’s 16th simulator (one for every model it flies), and the majority can be experienced by members of the public, albeit for a hefty price (see panel below).

The A380 is not currently available, but after the summer, when the pilots (and journalists) have had their turn, that should change.

Full Article : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/tr...f-an-A380.html
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Old April 26th, 2013, 01:57 PM   #4916
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IMHO I think the engines need some colour like placing the logo there... The rudder is beautiful and you can see the British logo by the title
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Old April 26th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #4917
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My model of BA's A380 looks great and I think they do not need to do anything but deliever the plane and let it start to fly.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 02:11 PM   #4918
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Another picture by Linie 9:
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Old April 29th, 2013, 04:29 PM   #4919
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Old April 30th, 2013, 02:42 PM   #4920
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I haven't been following Air France A380 ops closely but it seems that they are struggling to find the ideal destinations that will make it work for them. I also read that they are in negotiations with Airbus to delay their next A380's.
They haven't changed their destinations more than Lufthansa, It's just normal to change capacity sometimes. Actually Lufthansa will also operate the A380 on PVG in september and stop JNB.
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