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Old November 22nd, 2005, 01:50 PM   #841
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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, 01:53 PM   #842
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Second one is also really amazing!
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 02:04 PM   #843
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Second one is also really amazing!
I agree - it looks very powerfull
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 09:26 PM   #844
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18 November 2005
A SUCCESSFUL ASIA-PACIFIC TRIP COMES TO AN END

The no. 1 A380 today completed its successful Asia-Pacific demonstration tour, which previewed what the future of flying will be when this 21st century flagship enters commercial service.

Starting from Toulouse, France on 10 November, the A380 traveled non-stop to Singapore for its initial visit. This was followed by stopovers at the Australian cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The tour wrapped up with a landing at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia prior to the A380’s return to Toulouse.

These visits enabled the region’s future A380 operators – Singapore Airlines, Qantas, and Malaysia Airlines – to see the aircraft first-hand, and allowed airports to validate the jetliner’s compatibility with their terminal and ground infrastructure.

At each of the stops, the A380 drew large crowds of spectators who were anxious to have a first look at the latest in Airbus’ fly-by-wire product line.

During the second of its two visits to Brisbane, the A380 shared the spotlight with another international star – actor John Travolta, a highly qualified pilot who also serves as an informal ambassador for Qantas. As part of Qantas’ 85th birthday celebrations, Travolta performed a walk-around of the A380 with the news media, and was given a brief demonstration flight in the aircraft.

With the no. 1 A380’s Asia-Pacific trip now complete, the no. 2 A380 takes over as it heads to next week’s Dubai air show in the United Arab Emirates.
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 03:42 AM   #845
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Airbus says superjumbo turbulence may cause delays in airports:

DUBAI (AFX) - Concerns about turbulence behind Airbus' new A380 superjumbo might mean longer waits between take-off times when the airliner starts commercial operations next year, the company's chief executive said.

Responding to a report in the Wall Street Journal Europe that industry regulators are concerned about the wake created by the A380, Gustav Humbert said that longer separation times between aircraft might initially be introduced 'as a precautionary measure' before being reduced.

'It's possible that they (regulators) say 'let's have entry to service of the A380 with longer separation times' as a precautionary measure and then reduce them,' the European aircraft maker's chief executive told journalists on the sidelines of the Dubai air show.

The report, quoting preliminary safety guidelines from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), said that airliners may have to fly at least twice the normal distance behind the A380 to avoid possible danger from vortex turbulence in its wake.

The overall effect of a rule delaying the arrival of following aircraft would be to increase congestion at hub airports and reduce a cost-advantage selling point of the A380, which is to increase efficiency at congested mainline airports, the newspaper said.

Gumbert said that longer separation distances had also been introduced when the 747 jumbo was launched by Boeing in 1970.

'Even if at the beginning they do it like for the 747, we should not be surprised,' he said.

The report said that the standards put out by the aviation organization this month were provisional and probably more cautious than formal rules expected next year.

The Airbus A380 can carry up to about 850 passengers and is due to go into service next year.

The ICAO report said that the 'significantly stronger' turbulence left by the superjumbo, compared to the draft left by smaller airliners, indicated that the minimum distance left by following aircraft when landing should be 10 nautical miles instead of five, and that the distance in the air should be 15 miles.

The report quoted a spokesman for the German airline Lufthansa as saying that the airline operated at congested airports and that 'it is crucial for us that the separation is the same as for a (Boeing) 747'.
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 10:07 AM   #846
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What a scoop! It was the same thing when the B747 started its service.
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 10:37 AM   #847
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A380 looks great in Emirates livery. I do hope that Emirates acquires the A380-900's instead of the -800's.
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 11:14 AM   #848
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A380 looks great in Emirates livery. I do hope that Emirates acquires the A380-900's instead of the -800's.
That doesnt exist yet, not even on paper.
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Old November 24th, 2005, 03:20 AM   #849
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some great pics of this new plane
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Old November 24th, 2005, 09:29 PM   #850
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Dubai 2005

Does anyone have pics of the A380 interior from the Dubai Airshow? It was supposed to be fitted with a bunch of "VIP" layout vairants, sounds really awesome!

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Old November 28th, 2005, 10:36 PM   #851
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i found a nice video on the lufthansa website of the A380 landing at Frankfurt!
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Old November 29th, 2005, 04:38 PM   #852
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Accommodating the A380
As Many Airports Make Room For the Huge Airbus Jetliner, Los Angeles Lags Behind

By Andy Pasztor
29 November 2005
The Wall Street Journal

AIRPORTS AROUND the world are scrambling to prepare for the arrival next year of the mammoth Airbus A380 superjumbo jet, a plane so large that some facilities must be rebuilt to accommodate it. But many of the worst bottlenecks for the new aircraft could develop at Los Angeles International Airport.

Efforts are under way at dozens of airports to reinforce runways, widen taxiways, speed up baggage-handling systems and construct higher-capacity gates connected to supersize lounges. Such megaprojects are necessary to cope with the anticipated crush of luggage and people posed by an aircraft capable of seating more than 850 passengers -- nearly twice as many as the largest version of Boeing Co.'s venerable 747 jumbo.

Despite its renowned aviation tradition and fast-growing Pacific traffic, Los Angeles International faces increasingly tough challenges in revamping its cramped, 1960s-vintage facilities to get ready to become the busiest U.S. gateway for the A380. City officials have ambitious plans to build a spacious new terminal with expanded gates, along with plans to redesign the flow of aircraft around the field.

But for many months, controversy and inertia impeded even short-term fixes. Some of those logjams finally are easing, but worried airlines continue to hedge their bets by considering alternative U.S. destinations for the double-decker aircraft.

The problems at LAX, the industry's moniker for Los Angeles International, stand in contrast to a number of other major airports, where the work is proceeding smoothly. Tokyo's Narita International, London's Heathrow and Singapore's Changi International are among the airports leading the drive, with all three reporting completion of some major terminal improvements to accommodate the A380. Charles de Gaulle International near Paris and Fraport AG's Frankfurt airport are well along in preparations as well, matched by John F. Kennedy International in New York. The A380 is slated to enter commercial service in about a year, with a London-Asia route operated by Singapore Airlines.

In Seoul, South Korea; Hong Kong; and Bangkok, Thailand, other major destinations for the plane, new airports have been built to the A380's requirements. They feature everything from taxiways with more-gradual turns to fleets of advanced catering trucks with higher reach, enabling crews to quickly restock the galleys of the behemoth with food and drinks.

But as Airbus, which is 80%-owned by European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. and 20% by Britain's BAE Systems PLC, surveys the extensive work still ahead, one of its biggest frustrations continues to be slow progress at LAX. While it isn't scheduled to receive its first A380 until the spring of 2007, LAX faces daunting political, legal and logistical hurdles.

The busy, overtaxed airport straddling Southern California's coastline already is America's primary hub to Asia, handling about 18 million international passengers annually. Its international terminal sees nearly twice as many travelers as it was designed to handle, and anticipated runway construction threatens to create turmoil on the tarmac.

Decisions over the next few months, including those involving construction of a pair of interim superjumbo gates and relocating the longest, southernmost runway that is also designated for A380 operations, will determine whether LAX bolsters its position or loses out to airports elsewhere.

Los Angeles is "the most important, but also the most uncertain part" of the overall push for A380-related airport enhancements, according to Allan McArtor, a former Federal Aviation Administration administrator who now is chairman of Airbus operations in North America. Despite the huge market, he says, "airlines aren't going to bring the plane" to LAX "unless they can predictably provide the level of service" that long-haul customers have come to expect. At this point, only foreign airlines have committed to buy passenger versions of the A380.

LAX already has received a black eye from Virgin Atlantic Airways, which blamed lack of progress on upgrades for its decision to delay the start of A380 service to the city. After meeting last month with Los Angeles airport and city officials, Airbus managers stressed the need to rev up the pace of improvements. "If Los Angeles is not ready in time, a carrier can easily switch to San Francisco" to serve the West Coast, warned Willy-Pierre Dupont, who is spearheading the plane-maker's dealings with airports.

That is exactly the tack Singapore Airlines is taking. In spite of tentative plans to begin A380 service between Los Angeles and Singapore in the summer of 2007, it has avoided any firm commitments and is leaning toward routing the new aircraft to Northern California. San Francisco International added the latest enhancements to a terminal capable of handling the A380 barely a few months ago and launched a public-relations campaign touting its availability.

Other carriers are toying with the idea of postponing Los Angeles service or instead using another field such as Dallas-Fort Worth International, which also is working hard to garner new routes. Seeking to shore up their tourist business, airports in Miami and Orlando have been pushing equally hard to serve the A380. All three airports have taken steps to get ready for potential A380 flights.

Today, Los Angeles boasts more jumbo-jet traffic than New York's JFK, America's dominant international air hub for decades. If all goes as planned, after 2010 Los Angeles will serve as many as 15,000 passengers aboard nearly two dozen A380 flights daily, the largest concentration of superjumbos envisioned in North America. By 2023, JFK and San Francisco are projected to rank second and third, respectively, behind LAX in North America.

Los Angeles airport officials, exhibiting a new sense of urgency, say they now have the political consensus and financial wherewithal to handle the load. Some smaller projects were started this summer, and contracts for large-scale runway improvements are slated to be awarded in the next few weeks.

Beyond making the airport ready for the A380, the work is considered a top-priority safety issue because the current configuration makes LAX prone to near-collisions of aircraft on the ground. Still, a coalition of international airlines issued a statement recently emphasizing that carriers are monitoring developments "in an effort to gain a higher degree of confidence that the airport will be ready to accommodate" the A380.

Squeezed between the Pacific Ocean and built-up residential areas with vehement grass-roots opposition to airport construction, one airport official says the challenge is to welcome the A380 "without temporarily shutting down the rest of the airport." Each time a superjumbo trundles into position for takeoff, certain runways and taxiways will have to be closed to other traffic. The A380 "is very difficult for this airport" and will require special handling both on approach and on the ground, says Frank Sweeney, a senior air-traffic controller.

In addition to geographic limitations, LAX officials are struggling to resolve litigation by surrounding cities challenging aspects of the master plan for growth. Settlement negotiations are nearing a climax, and an announcement is expected later this week, according to local officials. But a new mayor and recently appointed airport chief executive who inherited the problems have precious little time to resolve them. Runway relocation and construction of a new parallel taxiway not only portend significant disruptions of existing airline traffic for many months, but the work must start by early next year to be ready for the initial A380 flights.

Some carriers already are looking suspiciously at plans -- which LAX officials insist are only temporary -- for busing A380 passengers between the main terminal and stand-alone gates at a remote portion of the field. "We will always stress consistency in comfort and convenience," says Singapore Airlines spokesman James Boyd, so airports "must take those needs into account as they get ready for the A380."

Coming Soon - Cities that Airbus expects will have the most A380 traffic by 2023 :
1. London
2. Tokyo Narita
3. Hong Kong
4. Singapore
5. Bangkok
6. Dubai
7. Beijing
8. Seoul
9. Los Angeles
10. Shanghai
11. Frankfurt
12. Taipei
13. Tokyo Haneda
14. Paris
15. Sydney
16. New York
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Old November 29th, 2005, 06:25 PM   #853
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Coming Soon - Cities that Airbus expects will have the most A380 traffic by 2023 :
1. London
2. Tokyo Narita
3. Hong Kong
4. Singapore
5. Bangkok
6. Dubai
7. Beijing
8. Seoul
9. Los Angeles
10. Shanghai
11. Frankfurt
12. Taipei
13. Tokyo Haneda
14. Paris
15. Sydney
16. New York
Are we to assume these A380s will be JAL and ANA domestics, or that Haneda will open up for a decent amount of int'l traffic again?
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Old November 30th, 2005, 06:07 AM   #854
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Are we to assume these A380s will be JAL and ANA domestics, or that Haneda will open up for a decent amount of int'l traffic again?

Did JAL and ANA order Airbus A380's?
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Old November 30th, 2005, 06:22 AM   #855
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nope, both are pretty loyal boeing customers (partly because large portions of boeings are manufactured in japan)
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nope, both are pretty loyal boeing customers (partly because large portions of boeings are manufactured in japan)

Although I claim to be a Boeing fan, I would love to see some JAL and ANA A380-900's. The 747 is a cool looking plane but I think it's time to see something bigger out there.

The A380 seems much more interesting than the 747 in my opinion. I can't wait to see it in person and fly on one.
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Old November 30th, 2005, 06:47 AM   #857
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Although I claim to be a Boeing fan, I would love to see some JAL and ANA A380-900's. The 747 is a cool looking plane but I think it's time to see something bigger out there.

The A380 seems much more interesting than the 747 in my opinion. I can't wait to see it in person and fly on one.
The reason I was intrigued by the fact Haneda was mentioned, was I had read an article a while back saying Airbus had been in talks with Japanese carriers about single-class A380s. Japan is DOMINATED by Boeing as you said, but A380D's would certainly help Airbus break on to the scene in Tokyo.

... And I don't think it matters whether you're a fan of Airbus or Boeing, we apparently only get to witness the birth of a Jumbo jet every 35 years. It truly is exciting for everyone.
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UPS signs firm order for 10 Airbus A380s
DEC. 13 9:13 A.M. ET
United Parcel Service Inc. signed a binding order for 10 Airbus A380 superjumbos, the European aircraft maker said Tuesday.

The contract firms up a nonbinding commitment announced early this year by Atlanta-based UPS and Airbus, a unit of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co.

Financial terms were not disclosed for the deal, worth about $2.9 billion at list prices.

UPS will take delivery of its first A380 sometime between 2009 and 2012 and has not yet decided between the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine and the Engine Alliance GP 7000.

The package delivery company, which already has 47 Airbus A300 freighters in its fleet, has said it plans to fly the A380 to congested airports in China and other Asian countries.

The A380 freighter, due to enter service in 2008, will carry a freight load of 330,000 pounds on three decks, with a cargo volume capacity of 40,000 cubic feet and a range of 5,600 nautical miles.

Airbus currently has 159 firm A380 orders, including 27 for the freighter version, from a total of 16 customers.
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20 November 2005
DISPLAYING THE A380 IN DUBAI

The arrival and flight displays of the A380 were the star attraction of the 2005 Dubai airshow


As the A380 arrived in Dubai on Friday 18 November, it proudly displayed the full Emirate livery with Emirates colours on its tail and the word “Emirates” on a bright red background on its belly. The first arrival of an aircraft as impressive as the A380 is always an event but the Emirates livery certainly contributed to the excitement.

So it is no wonder that its arrival, late at night, drew crowds of on-lookers, with cars lining up along the highways to watch it land and welcome the crew who will take it thorough its flight demonstrations every day.

As the A380 performed a flight over Dubai on Saturday, before the opening of the show, many people came out on terraces and on the beach to watch it fly past the Burj Al Arab hotel, a land mark of Dubai.

This is not only the first time the A380 appears in a customer’s livery, it is also the first time it participates in an air show outside Europe, and the first time it comes to Dubai, home of Emirates, the largest A380 customer.

The aircraft however is not painted in Emirates colours. With the tight schedule of the certification campaign, painting the aircraft was not possible. Instead, full customisation was done with removable decals, a technique already used in the recent Asia-Pacific tour.

With this technique, a few logos can be applied in one to two hours, however doing a full aircraft livery can take up to two whole days. So the Airbus team in Toulouse prepared the second A380 in full Emirates livery for the Dubai Airshow while the first A380 was on tour in Asia and Australia, In total, for both aircraft, around 1,000 decals were used.

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24 November 2005
A380 “EMPRESS OF THE SKY” AT DUBAI AIR SHOW

The A380 was the star of the 2005 Dubai air show, attracting a large number of visitors on board and during its daily flight displays

“Here she comes, the empress of the skies,” exclaims the commentator as the A380 rolls and takes-off on the Dubai airport runway. Every afternoon the aircraft takes to the sky, performing steep climbs, sharp turns and low speed fly-passes with a light grace amazing in an aircraft this size.

And every afternoon, under the blinding sun, crowds of people come out of the chalets, on the steps and on the runway, to watch the A380 demonstrate its manoeuvrability before it lands softly, closing the flight display for the day.

As the 9th edition of the Dubai Airshow draws to a close, the interest of the public does not flag. A constant stream of visitors keeps registering to visit the A380 in the morning while the aircraft is parked in front of the Airbus chalet.

The show gives Middle East A380 customers the opportunity to come onboard and to see the aircraft first hand. For the A380 test crew in Dubai, this public interest involves a change from their normal flight test routine. Becoming an A380 ambassador however is not flight test engineer Jacky Joye’s vocation. “Being a flight engineer in the afternoon is not difficult, I do it every day. Doing PR in the morning, I’ll get used to it,” he says with a half smile.

Dubai is the first air show outside Europe featuring the A380 and visitors are rather different from those in Paris. “In Paris, visitors were VIPs, Presidents, Ministers. Here the public is more varied. There are VIPs but you also have business people, pilots, people who are interested in aviation and mostly people who are curious to see the biggest plane in the world,” explains Jacky.

“Visitors are generally amazed at the size of the aircraft,” he says. Jacky likes to give them a few striking facts such as the 250 tonnes of fuel the A380 can take - the equivalent in weight of an A340, how many people it can carry and how far.

Visitors are also surprised by the interior. They expect to see a VIP cabin and instead they see test equipment. However they can try for themselves the large staircase and ask questions from the crew who, with more than one thousand visitors in a week, have become the best PRs for Airbus!


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