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Old November 13th, 2005, 06:56 PM   #821
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Old November 15th, 2005, 05:29 PM   #822
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Airbus Sees Budget Mkt For A380; In Japan Carrier Talks
15 November 2005

KUALA LUMPUR (AP)--Airbus (ABI.YY) officials Tuesday said budget aviation will be a key market for the A380 superjumbo, with the company already in talks with Japanese carriers keen to use the world's largest passenger jet for no-frills domestic flights.

Christopher Stonehouse, vice president of the A380 customer program, said Airbus is working with several Japanese airlines who want to turn the A380 into a budget plane seating up to 800 passengers - close to the maximum - in a single-coach class configuration.

"We believe there is a market there (in budget aviation)," Stonehouse told a news conference here ahead of the A380's arrival in Malaysia as part of a three-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific, the jet's first time out of Europe.

"Japanese domestic carriers are looking at up to 800 seats for short-haul flights in their market," he said. "We are working with them on this in terms of design constraints...because you end up with greater fatigue on short-cycle."

He declined to name any carriers. No Japanese airlines have made orders so far for the A380, which eclipses the Boeing 747 as the world's largest passenger plane when it enters commercial service at the end of 2006.

The plane typically seats 555 passengers in a three-class cabin but can be expanded to accommodate 800 people, although most customers so far are opting for less than 500 seats.

Stonehouse said some current A380 customers are also looking at having more than 555 seats, but not near to the maximum. He did not give details.

Seven Asia-Pacific carriers - Australia's Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, China Southern Airlines, India's Kingfisher and Korean Airlines - have ordered a total of 49 A380s. That accounts for 31% of 159 firm orders so far for the superjumbos.

The A380 will land late Wednesday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the last leg of an Asian tour that earlier took it to Singapore and the Australian cities of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Stonehouse said Malaysia Airlines will receive the first of six A380s in July 2007, instead of January 2007.

He said most of the current 16 A380 customers will suffer an average six-month delay in delivery and "essentially all" will be compensated based on their contract terms. Airbus has said it expects to pay millions of dollars in compensation.

With production being ramped up, he said "by the end of 2007, we should stabilize production to around four aircraft a month."

Stonehouse said the A380 freighter version is expected to enter service at the end of 2008, with Airbus forecasting demand of 300-400 planes for some 20 carriers worldwide over the next two decades.
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Old November 15th, 2005, 07:06 PM   #823
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Everybody know it's so hard to sell an airbus to japanese companies: Japan government check they only buy boeing planes, because of their factories located here.
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Old November 15th, 2005, 11:05 PM   #824
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Everybody know it's so hard to sell an airbus to japanese companies: Japan government check they only buy boeing planes, because of their factories located here.
True, it's very difficult for Airbus. However, with constant strain on Japan's airport systems with no "major" capacity expansions in sight, a "A380-800D" might just be the next big thing to hit the pavement at Haneda.
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Old November 16th, 2005, 04:16 AM   #825
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I got bored... apologies for defacing the pic whomever took it. Ok so now it's an SST with 7 modified engines, delta wings and a new nose section ... of and new Ansett livery :P

No windows much like the boeing proposal - uses cameras etc so no need for a drop nose cone.

Anti-gravity (repulsor lift) drives would also be helpful.

New Airbus SST flying low over Melbourne Airport.

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Old November 16th, 2005, 04:28 AM   #826
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LMAO.

I love it, it's such an 'Av' creation colgatecolgatecolgate
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Old November 18th, 2005, 04:56 AM   #827
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Went to see the plane last night but it was raining. So I managed to take some pics from the Observation Platform of KLIA. Too bad it is all 'backside' pics


Here's the Airbus A380 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport:

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Old November 18th, 2005, 04:58 AM   #828
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Old November 18th, 2005, 05:00 AM   #829
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Old November 18th, 2005, 12:16 PM   #830
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Old November 19th, 2005, 05:49 PM   #831
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A380 to dazzle crowds at Dubai airshow

18 November 2005

DUBAI — Visitors to the 9th International Aerospace Exhibition, or Dubai 2005, will get a treat as the Airbus A380 flies for the first time over the city's sky at low altitudes between 9am and 11am on November 19.

Emirates airline and Airbus have teamed up to bring the massive 600+ seater specifically for the Dubai Air Show.

Set to become a familiar sight in Dubai's skies from 2007 when Emirates begins to receive the first of its 45 A380s on order, the aircraft will mark its debut appearance in the Middle East.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates' chairman, said "the A380's test flight to Dubai is historic and significant for the entire region. It underpins the impressive profile Emirates and Dubai have created in the international arena. Dubai's residents and visitors will now have a fantastic preview of the future of long-haul air travel as the massive A380 takes to the skies."

Emirates will also put on display starting November 20 its three-storey stand that mimics the A380. The stand is a 90 per cent scale model of the front fuselage section of the A380 that seats 44 guests in the first class and 51 guests in business class.

On the airshow's first day, Emirates will launch a commemorative coffee table book that captures the 20-year history of the airline and its relationship with Dubai. The 352-page hardback book is the product of a year's research and writing efforts, and has more than 385 photographs, including many previously unpublished and some unique shots of Dubai International Airport in the early 1960s. The book will be on sale at the stand.

The Emirates stand is designed to showcase the airline and its brands — Emirates SkyCargo, Skywards, Destination & Leisure Management, Emirates Aviation College and Emirates Engineering.
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Old November 19th, 2005, 05:51 PM   #832
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Friday November 18, 2005
MAS to start with A380 service on the Australia-Europe route


MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) plans to deploy the first two of the six A380 – the world’s largest commercial aircraft – ordered from Airbus for its Australia-Europe route beginning with its winter schedule in 2007.

MAS, via its parent Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd (PMB), is scheduled to take delivery of the first two A380 aircraft in July and September 2007. The delivery schedule for the rest will be finalised before the year-end, MAS senior general manager for technical and ground operations Tajuden Abu Bakar told a press conference at KL International Airport (KLIA) yesterday.

Airbus had on Wednesday hinted it was working towards a March 2008 and early 2009 delivery for the third and fourth aircraft respectively.

For MAS, the Australia-Europe sector, specifically London, is one where load factors are high but getting additional landing slots at London's Heathrow is becoming increasingly difficult. With an aircraft like A380 that can seat up to 555 passengers, MAS would be able to fly more passengers on each frequency than currently.

But for now, MAS has yet to configure the interior of the aircraft or the number of seats it would like on the A380. Tajuden said it would be “less than recommended’’ and sources said it would be less than 500 for the comfort of its passengers even through MAS would offer three classes – first, business and economy. Tajuden declined to say how much revenue could expand with the additional capacity.

As part of MAS' preparation to welcome the A380, it will build a new hangar and conducting training for its pilots and engineering staff to handle the A380.

The landing of the A380 on Malaysian soil on Wednesday night was a historical moment for the country’s aviation industry as it put to test KLIA's technical capabilities in handling a super jumbo.

Yesterday morning, the double-decker A380 and its 40-member technical crew were accorded a traditional Malaysian welcome – from the beating of drums to a lion dance – upon arrival at the Bunga Raya complex. KLIA was the aircraft's third destination on its final leg of an Asia-Pacific tour after Singapore and Australia.

A horde of visitors, from Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to ministers, diplomats, government officials, prominent businessmen and the media were given a tour of the aircraft.

The aircraft leaves KLIA at 9.30am today for Toulouse in France; after it circles Putrajaya, KL City Centre and Subang.

KLIA operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad said the successful landing of the A380 showed KLIA’s readiness to receive the super jumbo.

MAHB would, however, continue with its plan to upgrade the facilities at KLIA to accommodate the A380 with among others, a double-decker aerobridge. The upgrades would be completed by end 2006, he said.

Airbus chief operating officer Charles Champion said Airbus was “proud’’ that the A380 had landed at KLIA and “we do not see any issues with KLIA’’ (on its preparedness). Since it was the aircraft's first long haul flight, a lot of data had been collated and the overall technical tests conducted showed “good’’ results, said Champion.

When asked how much PMB would receive as compensation for delayed delivery of the six A380, Champion said it was an issue that would be discussed by both parties. Airbus has received 159 orders from 16 airlines for the A380. Singapore Airlines will be the first airline to take delivery of the A380 by the end of 2006.
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Old November 19th, 2005, 06:10 PM   #834
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I imagine London will see the largest contingent of these A380 airplanes with landing slots so rare and valuable.
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Old November 20th, 2005, 09:38 AM   #835
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I imagine London will see the largest contingent of these A380 airplanes with landing slots so rare and valuable.
yes..expect MAS,SIA,and Thai's A380 to land at the same time early in the morning in the near future..
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Old November 21st, 2005, 02:15 AM   #836
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I imagine London will see the largest contingent of these A380 airplanes with landing slots so rare and valuable.
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yes..expect MAS,SIA,and Thai's A380 to land at the same time early in the morning in the near future..
Don't forget Dubai... Emirates only ordered 45 of these monsters.
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Old November 21st, 2005, 04:41 AM   #837
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Airbus A380 superjumbo makes maiden Mideast flight

DUBAI, Nov 19 (AFP) - The world's biggest passenger jet, the Airbus A380 superjumbo, made its maiden flight to the Middle East early Saturday in Dubai, a day before the opening of a major aviation show in the emirate.

A white A380, bearing a belly logo of the national carrier Emirates and the flag of the United Arab Emirates on its tail, was seen flying over coastal landmarks including the luxurious sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab hotel.

An Emirates statement said the A380 massive jet was "set to become a familiar sight in Dubai's skies from 2007, when Emirates will begin to receive the first" of its 45 A380s on order.

"Airbus ... and Emirates, the world's largest customer for the aircraft, have teamed up to bring" the massive aircraft for the Dubai Air Show exhibition opening on Sunday, it said.

It said the Emirates A380s have been ordered in three configurations: a long-range three-class 489 seater, a medium-range three-class 517 seater and a medium-range two-class 644 seater.

"Emirates' A380Fs will be three-deck freighters with a 150-tonne (330,000 pounds) capacity and a range of 10,400 kilometers," it said.

The A380 has just completed a maiden regional tour to Singapore, Australia and Malaysia, where Singapore Airlines, Qantas and MAS are among its key launch customers.

So far, Airbus has received more than 150 orders for the A380, with options for another 100. It counts among its other customers Qatar Airways, Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways, China Southern Airlines and Thai Airways.
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Old November 21st, 2005, 06:08 PM   #838
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in which airports will the airbus 380 land
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There is an amazing pciture of the 380 flying over the Burj al Arab
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 12:49 PM   #840
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I imagine London will see the largest contingent of these A380 airplanes with landing slots so rare and valuable.
Sydney will also have a decent contingent i would imagine. Qantas, SIA, MAS & probably Emirates will fly them there.
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