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Old April 9th, 2014, 01:18 PM   #6301
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Pilot from Clydebank set to fly world's biggest jet into Glasgow airport

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Clydebank boy Iain Weir, right, will be at the controls as the giant Emirates A380 'Super Jumbo' touches down at Glasgow Airport for the birthday party


As a teenager, while washing aeroplanes to pay for flying lessons, he dreamt of being a pilot. Now, he is set to make aviation history by landing the world's biggest passenger plane on Scottish soil.

Airline bosses are holding a spectacular birthday bash to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Emirates introducing flights between Glasgow and Dubai.

They are flying a 'Super Jumbo' A380 to Glasgow tomorrow for a three-hour visit. VIPs will be invited on board to marvel at the double decker plane, which is fitted with showers, a spas and a passenger lounge with bar.

And the airline has chosen the former Clydebank High pupil to be at the cpntrols of the multi-million pound plane.

Iain could even end up flying over his home town when making his final approach to Glasgow.

An airport official said: "There is a 50-50 chance he will pass over Clydebank, but we won't know until Thursday morning. The wind direction will determine what route is adopted."

Iain was a schoolboy when he first caught the flying bug.

He said: "I was about eight-years-old and I was going on holiday to Majorca. I knew then I wanted to be a pilot."

Seven years later, while still at school, he got his first aviation job.

"I was answering the phones and washing the planes at the West of Scotland Flying Club," he said. "It's now defunct but I used the money to pay for flying lessons so that I could get a private pilot's licence."

He was still in his teens when he got his licence. Iain faces more years of training before landing a job as a commercial pilot, for Glasgow Airport- based airline Loganair.

Now 43-years-old, and married with two young boys and living in Dubai, Iain is living his boyhood aviation the dream.

There are only around 100 Airbus 380s in service around the world. Almost half belong to Emirates. Iain has been a pilot with the airline for the past decade and has been entrusted to fly the giant passenger plane for more than a year.

I am very privileged to be one of the few pilots in the world to fly the A380. It really is a dream for me.

"I was actually a co-pilot on the first Emirates flight out of Glasgow 10 years ago. When I heard the airline was bringing an A380 to Glasgow I emailed my boss to ask if I could be considered as the pilot."

The inaugural flight involved a smaller, wide- bodied, twin engined A330 Airbus. Airline chiefs had no A380s back then. They have dozens now and are awaiting delivery of dozens more to bring their A380 fleet up to 90 planes at a cost of billions of pounds.

And tomorrow shortly after mid day aviation history will be written when Iain lands the world's biggest commercial plane on the Tarmac at Glasgow.

The closest Scotland has ever got to rolling out the red carpet to crew members on board an A380 was when one of the 525-seater 'Super Jumbos' flew over Glasgow Prestwick airports five years ago.

Emirates have carried 2.4million passengers between Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. But it's not just travellers who are carried by the airline.

A staggering 10million bottles of whisky have been airlifted to Dubai - a major international air hub - with much of thatd cargo transported on elsewhere around the world.

That accounts for around £200million in sales for Scots whisky producers. Airline chiefs won't give much detail on their cargo but say more than 50m kgs of freight has been flown from the West of Scotland to the Middle East and beyond. The value has not been disclosed for commercial reasons.

One piece of cargo which made headline news happened last year when a wealthy businessman bought a £32,000 Aston Martin Cygnet car and had it flown out of Glasgow to Cyprus via Dubai. The expensive vehicle reached its destination within 48 hours.

The historic flight to Glasgow will include top airline officials and VIPs. Historymaker Iain will remain behind when the plane returns to Dubai - only to fly home on Friday as an ordinary passenger.

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Old April 9th, 2014, 05:33 PM   #6302
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Tale of British Airways A380

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Is that the royal mail sign just to the left of the last door? If so why?
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Old April 9th, 2014, 08:28 PM   #6303
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Yes, it is. BA carry mail for Royal Mail on some long-distance flights and thus, aircrafts operating these routes display the Royal Mail sign.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 10:29 PM   #6304
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Airlineroute is reporting that EK will operate the A380 to Vienna on May 26/27. Emirates has also released a press release regarding this:

'On 26th May, the A380 service will replace EK 125 and EK 8126 departing Dubai at 1715hrs and arriving in Vienna at 2110hrs. The flight leaves Vienna at 0020hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0800hrs the next day
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Old April 10th, 2014, 01:36 AM   #6305
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India's largest airport is host to the world's largest passenger airline #A380 in India. Singapore Air



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Hopefully in the not too distant future, India's airliners will be purchasing their own A380s -and given the size and youth of the population (and growing middle class) in the subcontinent, theoretically it shouldn't take much to fill those up.
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Old April 10th, 2014, 08:32 AM   #6306
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image hosted on flickr



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Old April 10th, 2014, 08:37 AM   #6307
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I love this bird..

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Old April 10th, 2014, 09:08 AM   #6308
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A6-EET is now on it's way to Glasgow:

You can follow the flight here.
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Old April 10th, 2014, 02:57 PM   #6309
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Emirates Airbus #A380 has just landed at Glasgow International Airport (GLA)






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Old April 10th, 2014, 08:23 PM   #6310
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I was there. I'll post some of my images shortly.

A6-EET at Glasgow International
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Old April 10th, 2014, 08:58 PM   #6311
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First A380 Qatar Airways above Toulouse at 36 000 ft by Jujug Spotting, hosted on Flickr
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A380 Emirates A6-EEV von XFW-Spotter auf Flickr


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Old April 10th, 2014, 10:55 PM   #6313
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Did you ever heard of 'The Elephant Walk' ? I guess you did. On the 15th of March I witnessed 'The Apartment Building Walk' in front of my hotel-room. Behind the Malayasian 9M-MNF is Qantas VH-OQE and Emirates A6-EDG. LHR rocks BIG time !



Emirates at Amsterdam Schiphol



Thai at Frankfurt



Qantas A380 with condensationclouds on approach to Heathrow at sunrise



Singapore at Zurich



'Green' livery at Hamburg



Korean at Frankfurt



BA at LHR



AirFrance overhead my house



Lufty at Frankfurt



Prototype at Amsterdam Schiphol
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Old April 10th, 2014, 11:03 PM   #6314
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Amazing updates guys
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Old April 10th, 2014, 11:22 PM   #6315
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I love Skymark interior



Absolutly. Love it.
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Old April 11th, 2014, 06:11 AM   #6316
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the elephant walk is super awesome .....
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Old April 11th, 2014, 11:22 AM   #6317
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Another shot of Emirates A380 first touchdown at GLA




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Old April 11th, 2014, 09:18 PM   #6319
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#A380 in Chile! Thanks to Nicole Bartarcefor sharing this great shot



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