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Old May 25th, 2015, 08:28 PM   #7421
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No, its definitely not ahead of its time. I think its a bit old. The problem with this plane is that it was designed in the mid to late 90s / early 2000s.
Old? It is in service for eight (!) years now! So why anybody should fly the B777, a plane designed in the late 80s?
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Old May 25th, 2015, 09:47 PM   #7422
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A SQ A380 (with reg 9V–SKI) is now painted in a special Singaporean Flag livery in commemoration of Singapore's 50th Anniversary. This was Singapore Airlines' first special livery since the Tropical from 1998 to 2000 when the SQ006 incident happened. Photo by Andre Giam
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Old May 26th, 2015, 04:09 AM   #7423
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Old May 26th, 2015, 04:13 AM   #7424
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No, its definitely not ahead of its time. I think its a bit old. The problem with this plane is that it was designed in the mid to late 90s / early 2000s.

The technology, information, and, materials used to build this plane I would considered old.

- new engines
- newly designed wings
- carbon fiber body

and i am sure there are other additions made on this list.

Those changes alone could save the 380 on fuel and make the 380 look WAYYYY better when selling to customers.

Right now, the 380 is fat bird that needs to go on a diet.

I think yes fair enough maybe it should be cut back on production, but some airline will need it. If they make them better materials even better.

Maybe TG and MH bit off more by buying them but someone will want them. I think it's a slump, but even if Airbus stopped making these, they will be in our skies for a long time.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 07:08 AM   #7425
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The other problem with the A380 is that the lack of a freighter conversion option at the end of its passenger service life means it has virtually no resale value at all.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 07:14 PM   #7426
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Old May 26th, 2015, 07:14 PM   #7427
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No, its definitely not ahead of its time. I think its a bit old. The problem with this plane is that it was designed in the mid to late 90s / early 2000s.

The technology, information, and, materials used to build this plane I would considered old.

- new engines
- newly designed wings
- carbon fiber body

and i am sure there are other additions made on this list.

Those changes alone could save the 380 on fuel and make the 380 look WAYYYY better when selling to customers.

Right now, the 380 is fat bird that needs to go on a diet.
I do admit that the a380 might be a bit fat, its wings were built to support the stretched version. But that is not the reason why it's not selling well, the reason is simple: there isn't enough demand for VLA. Even if Airbus goes ahead with a much deeper revamp of the a380 than just an engine update, I don't think that will make them win much more orders.

Speaking of performance, Tim Clark actually said recently that the a380 is the most fuel efficient (in terms of cost per seat) in their fleet currently and followed closely by the 777-300ER (Emirates 777 even have a very dense configuration compared to other A-list 777 operators). That makes me think that it is fuel efficient enough, maybe not as much as the latest gen (a350 - 787).I believe airlines wouldn't have much hesitation buying them if they think they can fill them up but the problem is that most of them can't.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 02:01 AM   #7428
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Considering the enormous amount of people consistently traveling between certain locations, I'd think there is more than enough demand for large aircraft.

Why have 20 aircraft fly between A and B when you can have 10 or 15 aircraft fly between A and B to transport the same amount of passengers?


Sure, smaller aircraft are good for more direct connections between places that don't draw as many passengers, but between London and New York, or New York and Los Angeles? Surely this can be done far more efficiently with fewer big aircraft than more smaller aircraft?
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Old May 27th, 2015, 02:50 AM   #7429
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Sure, smaller aircraft are good for more direct connections between places that don't draw as many passengers, but between London and New York, or New York and Los Angeles? Surely this can be done far more efficiently with fewer big aircraft than more smaller aircraft?
It can, but because the business market is the most profitable market for the airlines and they prefer having a range of flights available should a meeting a few hours over time.

VLA are only useful on routes where you can't increase frequency to meet demand. Soon we may see A380s deployed on LAX-NYC or NYC-LON but those sectors are short and you could get away with purchasing a lighter aircraft with shorter range which would give you greater flexibility to utilise the aircraft as needed on other routes.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 07:38 AM   #7430
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Shouldn't there by more room for growth for the A380 in Asia (East and South) as opposed to Europe and North America, what with a growing middle class with an appetite for traveling? The carriers in that region should be flocking to the A380, at least as soon as the newer version comes out.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 09:19 AM   #7431
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News from CNA on special livery for SG50. Full story in the source link below.

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The flag-themed design is 10 metres tall and 47 metres long, and the official SG50 logo will also be on the two inboard engines of A380, said the Singapore Airlines.

source: CNA

Here is how the livery looks like.


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Old May 28th, 2015, 04:23 PM   #7432
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SQ is the second airline to stick a special sticker or paint job on the A380. EK has its usual parade of stickers/paint job on their A380s.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 08:15 PM   #7433
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Air France's A380 had special liveries for the 80th anniversary of the company in 2013 and the 50th anniversary of France's recognition of the People's Republic of China in 2014.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 10:17 PM   #7434
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A380 Asiana Airlines HL7635 by XFW-Spotter, auf Flickr

A380 Asiana Airlines HL7635 by XFW-Spotter, auf Flickr

A380 Asiana Airlines HL7635 by XFW-Spotter, auf Flickr

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Old May 29th, 2015, 02:44 PM   #7435
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#1: Singapore Airlines A380-841 (9V-SKI) in SG50 commemorative livery.



#2: Singapore Airlines A380-841 (9V-SKI) in SG50 commemorative livery.
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 01:02 AM   #7436
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Etihad's Luxury A380 Inaugural Flight To Sydney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 03:36 PM   #7437
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Here are a few images of EYs inaugural A380 AUH-SYD service operated by A6-APA.

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Old June 2nd, 2015, 04:09 PM   #7438
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Airlinerroute.net was reporting that Malaysian Airlines was going to use the A380 on the KUL-SYD-KUL for a limited time in May and June of this year.
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Old June 2nd, 2015, 11:24 PM   #7439
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Funny Coincidence Happen with me few days ago I ask a question on this Mumbai Airport Thread that is there any chance that Etihad Will bring their A380 to Mumbai and today Etihad A380 Landed At Mumbai not for passenger Fight but Medical Emergency While operating EY455 from Sydney To Abu Dhabi ! HAHAHAH Spotted By : JetMans. Source :Plane Spotters India FB Page Singapore Airlines - Airbus A380 - 9V-SKI in Singapore's 50th Anniversary special livery just landed in Mumbai !

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Singapore Airlines is celebrating the nation’s Golden Jubilee by having two Airbus A380s in a special livery, featuring a large Singapore flag-themed design on the fuselage. Source : Plane Spotters India FB Page.
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Old June 3rd, 2015, 06:28 AM   #7440
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Rumor has it that United Airlines is edging closer to purchasing the Airbus A380.
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