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Old August 29th, 2005, 08:00 AM   #701
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I can't wait to see what Emirates and Virgin Atlantic plan to do with their First Class offering on these jets.
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Old August 29th, 2005, 11:53 AM   #702
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A Cathay Pacific Logo on it would be great.
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Old August 29th, 2005, 12:05 PM   #703
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Are those pics of the A380 of the prototype? It looks to me like it could be the second a/c, because in the first pic, you can see in the background, another a/c which looks to have A380 written on the side.
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Old August 29th, 2005, 06:13 PM   #704
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Yea these are the prototype.

11 airlines have already purchased them though.
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Old August 29th, 2005, 06:45 PM   #705
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it can never tip at the 747....

maybe, in a few years, they can come with the new Boeing series (i don't know the numbers), the new serie. then there comes another new 747. newer then the 747ADV and the A380. the 797 is become a new 737 serie, so, then is the 7x7 serie full and they are gonna make a new one with a new 747, i mean. this is the true...

in 2015 we've a new 747. better than this ugly bitch.
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Old August 30th, 2005, 04:29 AM   #706
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they're coming out with a new 747?

I know boeing, in 2010 will have the 787, a new liner. boeing already has the 777, which is a single decker, 2 engine plane, but it is almost as large as a 747, it's the largest 2 engine plane out there.

From some angles this plane looks like some kind of bulbus, seal like animal. But from the side and that pic of it in the air it looks pretty normal. It's big as hell though, that's why it's impressive. I think the 747 is much cooler looking still...




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Old August 30th, 2005, 11:20 AM   #707
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Yea these are the prototype.

11 airlines have already purchased them though.
Yeah, i know who has purchased them. After having a look on airliners.net, it looks like they are close to finishing cn004. (They might even have it externally complete by now) Apparently this a/c will be going to Ethiad Airways.
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Old August 30th, 2005, 01:14 PM   #708
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nice....wicked.. no plan taking that plane.. it would be very expensive...
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Old August 31st, 2005, 04:37 AM   #709
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I don't think any north american airlines will have them though, these are mostly (If not all) for european carriers.
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Old August 31st, 2005, 08:16 PM   #710
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Go Airbus! Damn Boeing!

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Old September 1st, 2005, 02:09 AM   #711
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How about go Airbus and Boeing? Planes are planes! no matter where they are! Who cares who makes them, if it looks cool it looks cool! The A380 has grown on me, I flew an A340 to spain this summer, it was a bigass plane, imagine this thing, It's not really all that much bigger than a 747 but god it's HUGE! NYYankee, do you know what the new 747 is supposed to look like?
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Old September 1st, 2005, 05:04 PM   #712
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30 August 2005
MELBOURNE ON TRACK TO RECEIVE A380

Second largest airport in Australia, Melbourne is getting ready for the A380.

Melbourne Airport is fast on the way to becoming Australia’s first A380-ready airport. Work on adapting its main runway and creating larger aircraft stand-off parking bays is already complete, while a project that will expand the airport’s international terminal is progressing to schedule.

The improvement work at the airport are being undertaken both to accommodate the A380 and to cater for growing numbers of passengers. Formal A380-readiness is expected in October with the installation of a new two-level airbridge in the international terminal, with the remainder of the expansion work expected to be complete by February 2006.

The runway project, which involved broadening the north – south runway by 15 metres to provide improved jet blast protection, was completed in May. The international terminal’s two new stand-off aircraft parking bays, completed in April, are designed to accept two A380s or four smaller aircraft at any one time. In addition, the airport is installing two new gates with dual airbridges, designed to enable passengers to board and disembark the A380 from both its decks. Each airbridge is able to accept one A380 or two smaller aircraft.

Melbourne Airport, Australia’s second largest, welcomes millions of tourists a year. The airport has been one of the A380’s earliest and strongest supporters in Australia and describes it as ‘the next big event in the history of aviation’.


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Old September 1st, 2005, 05:07 PM   #713
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1 September 2005
A380 FATIGUE TESTING STARTS IN DRESDEN

The A380 structure will undergo the equivalent of 900 flights a week in fatigue tests which will push the structure to its limits, testing the airframe’s response to flight stress.

A full-scale A380 airframe will be used for 26 months at a purpose-built hangar in Dresden, Germany for the wear and tear tests – known as fatigue testing – which have started as part of the aircraft’s certification programme.

Fatigue testing examines how the main aircraft structure responds to stress over a long period of time and during different stages of its operations, such as taxiing on the runway, take-off, cruising and landing. To recreate these conditions, a combination of loads is put on the airframe and is activated by 184 computer-operated hydraulic jacks. Some 47,500 flight cycles will thus be simulated, corresponding to 25 years of commercial operations.

A special 1,800-tonne test rig with load introduction – known as “whiffle trees” - was built to carry out these tests in Dresden.

Pneumatic loading facilities will be used to pressurise the cabin. The pressure used, 0.6 bar, is similar to that used on board passenger flights.

The tests will be carried out by a 15-strong team in Dresden while the results will be collated, analysed and shared out by Airbus’ Finkenwerden site and the engineering community across all Airbus sites.

Fatigue testing will simulate about 900 test flights a week as a 16-hour flight can be simulated in just 11 minutes. The tests will push the aircraft structure to its limits to identify any necessary design improvements.

To obtain its type certification the A380 must clock up 5,000 hours of test flights but the tests will continue beyond the first delivery of the aircraft.

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Old September 1st, 2005, 06:21 PM   #714
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WTF??? that runway is pretty wide...
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Old September 1st, 2005, 09:50 PM   #715
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EDIT: Nvm I got a pic, Here's a diagram from another thread, the current 747, the new 747 and the A380.

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Old September 20th, 2005, 11:42 PM   #716
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13 September 2005
GP7200 ENGINE COMPLETES FLIGHT TESTING

Engine Alliance’s engine for the A380 successfully completes 134 hours of flight time in its second flight test campaign, demonstrating its readiness for flight testing on the A380.

The GP7200, Engine Alliance’s engine for the A380, has successfully completed its second flight test campaign on GE’s flying test bed at GE’s facility in California.

This second flight test campaign consisted of 35 flights and accumulated 134 hours of flight time. The last few flights focused on verification of final control schedules and negative gravity maneuvers to demonstrate engine fuel and oil system capability. The flight test campaign provided data to support FAA certification and has demonstrated GP7200 readiness for flight-testing on the A380.

Also last week, the FAA 150-hour endurance block test began at the Peebles Test Operations facility in Ohio with Engine 007. During this testing series the engine must maintain “triple redline” conditions of maximum N1* and N2** speeds and maximum take-off EGT at full, rated thrust of 76,500 lbs. for 18.75 hours. The engine will also run 45 hours at maximum N1 and N2 speeds and maximum continuous EGT at maximum continuous thrust.

Engine 008 has just commenced FAA certification testing for water and hail ingestion at Pratt & Whitney’s test facility in East Hartford. Engine 006 continues FAA icing testing at the Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, TN.

Engine Alliance is a joint venture between General Electric Aircraft Engines and Pratt & Whitney.

* N1 speed : rotation speed of the low pressure spool (fan, low pressure compressor, low pressure turbine)

** N2 speed : rotation speed of the high pressure spool (high pressure compressor, high pressure turbine) Maximum take-off EGT : Exhaust Gas Temperature at the Maximum Take-off thrust rating
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 05:12 PM   #717
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Malaysian Air may seek compensation for A380 problems

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Malaysian Airline System Bhd, the nation's biggest carrier, said it's seeking compensation from Airbus SAS because of a delay in the delivery of six A380 aircraft from the manufacturer.

Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd, the parent of Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysian Airline, placed a US$1.6 billion order for six A380 planes in December 2003, scheduling them for delivery in January 2007. With an average delay of six months, the plane will be delivered starting in July 2007 until May 2009, the airline said.

"We are naturally disappointed with this delay," Malaysian Airline's executive director Azmil Zahruddin said in a Sept. 11 statement. "We are considering our options on this matter."

Malaysian Airline joins Emirates, the largest customer for the A380, Qantas Airways Ltd and Singapore Airlines Ltd in seeking damages after the world's biggest maker of commercial aircraft said in June the first deliveries of the new 555-seat aircraft will be delayed as much as half a year. The delays are a blow for Toulouse, France-based Airbus, which is counting on the A380 to keep its sales lead over Chicago-based Boeing Co.

The A380, which will be the biggest passenger plane when it comes into service, costs US$282 million to US$302 million each, based on catalog prices.

Malaysian Airline will consider "reappraising" the deployment of planes for existing and future routes as well as its weekly frequencies to minimize the impact of the delayed A380 delivery, the carrier said.

The carrier last month reported a loss of 280.7 million ringgit (US$74.5 million) in the quarter ended June, compared with last year's profit of 26.6 million ringgit, after record oil prices raised fuel costs. Malaysian Airline is seeking to cut costs and boost long-haul flights to stem losses.

Singapore Airlines, Asia's most profitable carrier, plans to be the first airline to fly the A380 in December next year.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 05:17 PM   #718
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Airbus A380 touches down in Germany

The superjumbo is two-story high and can hold at least 555 passengers
Tens of thousands of people gathered to watch the world's biggest passenger aeroplane land for the first time in Germany on Saturday.

The Airbus A380 circled above Hamburg for about 20 minutes before descending.

The superjumbo is two-story high and can hold at least 555 passengers and is wider than its competitor, the Boeing 747.

Its the only A380 built so far - but the 540 ton plane already has 259 orders from 16 customers.

The plane is expected to begin commercial flights in 2006 and has a predicted flight range of 15-thousand kilometres (9,320.5 miles).
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 05:24 PM   #719
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A380 plans quick visit in November
Steve Creedy, Aviation writer
September 16, 2005

QANTAS and Airbus are optimistic one of the new A380 superjumbos will visit Australia in November.

An Airbus source confirmed yesterday planning had begun for the double-decker aircraft to visit Singapore, Sydney and Brisbane. While the trip was still subject to final approval, the source said the French manufacturer was keen to show off its new plane.

Qantas has ordered 12 of the aircraft, which can carry up to 555 people in three classes and more than 800 in an all-economy configuration, and wants one to visit Brisbane as part of its 85th birthday celebrations on November 16.

The flying kangaroo's request gained significant leverage after manufacturing problems that delayed deliveries of its first planes by six months.

Sydney and Singapore are among the cities destined to see the first commercial A380 services. Singapore Airlines will start using the A380 on the kangaroo route to London at the end of next year. The plane visiting Australia would be a test aircraft, the source said, without the luxurious fit-outs airlines are promising in the commercial versions.

However, it would give Australians their first look at the giant plane and a still rare opportunity to see it in flight.

Brisbane Airport's Jim Carden said the airport's runway could handle the plane, but it would have to get dispensation from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority because the A380's 80m wingspan was wider than its taxiways.

Mr Carden said the airport expected interest in the A380 to be high enough to warrant building grandstands.

Sydney Airport also confirmed yesterday that it would be ready to handle the giant plane by November.

Airlines flying the A380 are promising a new era in comfort and facilities.

Qantas will fly the A380 with about 500 passengers in three classes, Emirates with 489 and Singapore Airlines with fewer than 480.

Qantas passengers in all classes will get special lounge areas as well as more personal space, video on demand, internet access and bigger screens.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 05:30 PM   #720
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I'm Surprised Sydney will get it first, Melbourne Airport has been ready ofr them since April, first airport in Australia that is ready to recive the planes. Well i think one bit of a terminal upgrade is still going, but the main runway can handle them now.

EDIT: Nvm i should of read a bit further up the page :p
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