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Old December 14th, 2005, 12:24 PM   #861
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13 December 2005
UPS SIGNS FIRM CONTRACT FOR A380s

Following a commitment announced in January 2005, Atlanta, Georgia-based UPS has formally signed the contract for A380 freighter aircraft.

UPS, the US-based cargo carrier, has confirmed an order for 10 A380 freighters. Deliveries to UPS are scheduled between 2009 and 2012. The company has not yet made its engine selection.

“The A380’s strength as a freighter in the global market is reinforced by this order from UPS,” said Gustav Humbert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Airbus. ‘We will be proud to have the A380 play such a major role in international shipping, and therefore global commerce, as it joins the UPS fleet.”

UPS took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft in 2000. The airline currently flies a fleet of 47 A300 Freighters.

UPS is the third U.S.-based customer for the A380. Including the UPS deal, there are 159 firm orders for A380s from 16 customers - including 27 freighter orders. The first A380 freighter is slated for delivery in 2008. The UPS A380F will carry a freight load of 330,000 pounds on three decks, with a cargo volume capacity of 40,000 cubic feet, a distance of some 5,600 nautical miles.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 12:13 PM   #862
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20 December 2005
A380 CABIN TRAINER INSTALLED IN TOULOUSE

Another world’s first for Airbus with the installation of the world’s largest cabin trainer in the Toulouse training centre.


The world’s largest cabin trainer has been installed in Airbus’ training centre in Toulouse. Measuring 25 metres long and 10 metres high, the A380 cabin emergency evacuation trainer (CEET) is designed for cabin and flight crew safety training in both normal and emergency flight situations.

The A380 trainer, manufactured by German company TFC Kaufer to Airbus’ specification, features a full-scale cabin section with a main and upper deck. It includes facilities such as the cockpit, cabin crew stations, lavatories and the lower deck crew rest area. It is also equipped with two A380 doors, cabin communication systems, and one main and one upper deck escape slide, as well as an overwing slide.

Cabin and flight crews will be trained on topics such as the cabin and cockpit oxygen systems and the operation of the reinforced cockpit door. The CEET can also be used by maintenance staff for training on performing mechanical adjustments and trouble-shooting.

Airbus is counting on this state-of-the-art trainer, which features the double-deck design of the actual aircraft, to provide a realistic environment for A380 crews coming to familiarise themselves with the two-deck concept and to be trained on all the cabin systems in optimum conditions.


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Old January 2nd, 2006, 12:36 PM   #863
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A380 Wing Falls Of Crane

It seems that Airbus has had another spell of bad luck as 2005 drew to an end.
At the Airbus plant factory near Chester, the wing of an A380 was being hoisted for shipment to Germany, when the chain snapped bringing down the 50-ton piece.

It seems that the damage is repairable, but its estimated to cost £5 Million to fix.

Its also interesting to note that this wing is destined for Lufthansa.

Glad to read that no one got hurt.


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Old January 2nd, 2006, 01:04 PM   #864
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sorry but what is the point of this thread???
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 03:18 PM   #865
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Giving some news.

btw, what's the point of your post as you allready knew the answer?
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 03:26 PM   #866
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because you seem to be bashing Airbus in every post!
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 03:38 PM   #867
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because you seem to be bashing Airbus in every post!
Why not? I'm a real Boeing-fan

and yes, i'm always bashing airbus
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 05:43 PM   #868
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Its also interesting to note that this wing is destined for Lufthansa.
what's so interesting about it?!
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 05:55 PM   #869
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By now, over at airliners.net, it has already been established that it was not an A380 wing, but rather an A340-600 wing.

So perhaps it's time for a correction of the thread title.
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 06:48 PM   #870
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Airbus A380 - Part 2

Part 1: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=6709940

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Old January 3rd, 2006, 06:50 PM   #871
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Studies Underway On Need For Planes To Keep Clear Of A380

Jan 3, 2006, 16:00 GMT - M&C News

Singapore --
Studies are being carried out to determine a safe distance between the giant Airbus 380 and other aircraft, a spokesman said in a published report on Tuesday.

A working group including representatives from Europe's Joint Aviation Authorities and the Federation Aviation Administration in the United States will make its recommendations to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) by next month.

'Results of testing are under analysis,' The Straits Times quoted the spokesman as saying, 'but from what can be seen so far, Airbus is maintaining its objective of being in the same ballpark as the Boeing 747.'

The A38 is the biggest commercial jet ever built.

As a precautionary measure, civil aviation authorities may initially seek increased separation, the spokesman noted, but added that Airbus is confident the impact on airports 'will be marginal, if any.'

Singapore Airlines will be the first carrier to fly the A380 later this year. It can seat 555 people in three classes, more than any other aircraft.

The ICAO recently suggested that strong turbulence caused by the jet may require other planes to fly further behind it for safety reasons.

The A380 weights 560 tonnes, compared to 400 for rival Boeing's B747-400 which carries 417 passengers.

An A380 landed at Singapore's Changi Airport in November as part of an Asian test tour, enabling the Civil Aviation Authority to test upgraded facilities.

These included widened runway shoulders and taxiway junctions, a newly constructed taxiway bridge installed with shields to contain the effect of the jet blast and a third passenger loading bridge.
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 07:13 PM   #872
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this plane looks amazing, it is so big.... I like that plane.
did you hear one plane will cost 300million euros. I have heard it on the news
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 07:26 PM   #873
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Old January 4th, 2006, 10:04 PM   #874
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Engine Alliance GP7200 Achieves FAA Certification

PR Newswire - 4/1/06

The U. S. Federal Aviation Administration granted airworthiness certification on December 29, 2005 to the Engine Alliance GP7200 engine, the leading powerplant for the Airbus A380.

The FAR (Federal Aviation Regulation) 33 certification follows an extensive ground and flight-test program that involved eight engines over 21 months. During its development and certification program the GP7200 ran some 7,000 cycles, 25 full-scale engine certification tests and more than 50 component tests, and powered two flight-test programs on a flying test bed.

The engine is initially certified at 76,500 pounds of thrust and has the capability to produce over 81,500 pounds with the same bill of material. During its certification program the engine was tested at thrust levels in excess of 94,000 pounds.

"We put the GP7200 through as tough a test regime as any engine has ever faced," said Bruce Hughes, Engine Alliance president. "Even though the engine will be used on the four-engine A380, we tested and certified it to the same standards required for large twin-engine aircraft in ETOPS (Extended-Range Twin Engine Operations). This has been an outstanding team effort by the Engine Alliance, its parent companies GE and Pratt & Whitney, and its partners, MTU, Snecma and TechSpace Aero. Now we are ready to get on with flight-testing and certification on the A380."

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The Alliance delivered four flight-test engines to Airbus in September that will soon be installed on an A380 flight-test aircraft. First flight will take place later this year with entry into service at Emirates in 2007.

The GP7200 is derived from two successful engines, the GE90 and the PW4000, incorporating all the lessons learned from millions of flight hours and benefiting from the two programs' latest, proven technologies. The GP7200 will ensure the A380 meets stringent Stage 4 noise regulations and QC2 departure noise rules, and its emissions are well below current and anticipated regulations.

The GP7200 holds the market share lead with 55% of announced firm engine orders for the A380. In addition to Emirates, which has purchased or leased a total of 45 A380s, other Engine Alliance customers include Air France, FedEx, Korean Air and International Lease Finance Corporation. The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company.
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ANA Leaves Door Open For A380 Despite 777

Flight International - 4/1/06

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is leaving the door open to a future acquisition of the Airbus A380, despite the fact that it aims to make the 777-300ER its largest aircraft.

ANA operates a fleet of 23 Boeing 747-400s – 10 of which are configured with high-density cabins as “-400 Domestics” for the airline’s Japanese routes. This has made the airline, and its local rival Japan Airlines (JAL), which is also a major 747 operator, prime targets of the A380 sales team, but neither Japanese carrier has yet shown any serious inclination to order the ultra-large airliner.

ANA president and chief executive Mineo Yamamoto told Flight International at a Star Alliance chief executives’ gathering in Montreal last month that its medium-term fleet plan calls for the phase-out of the 747s and replacement by the 777-300ER due to the latter’s superior efficiency. Although it has no plans to acquire the A380 in the medium term, Yamamoto does not rule out an order for the aircraft in the longer term. “If as other carriers introduce the A380 we feel we can’t compete, then we will acquire it, but the medium-term plan is not to order the aircraft,” he says.

The airline is looking to use the 777-300ER’s superior seat-kilometre costs over the 747 to counter rising fuel prices, says Yamamoto: “If the oil price continues to exceed $50 then we’ll replace 747s on European routes with the 777-300ER.”

JAL has placed a follow-on order with Boeing for five more 777-300ERs and one more 767-300ER freighter. JAL placed the orders several months ago, but the deals were not announced.
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Old January 5th, 2006, 10:16 AM   #876
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“If as other carriers introduce the A380 we feel we can’t compete, then we will acquire it”

Wow! That's a huge news! I think the nippon's airlines are preparing there government: "if we want to compete, we must buy planes from Airbus".

That's really great!
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Wow! That's a huge news! I think the nippon's airlines are preparing there government: "if we want to compete, we must buy planes from Airbus".

That's really great!
Indeed! The A380 was designed with Japan in mind, especially domestic routes. Boeing has threatened major Japanese contractors who were offered A380 work, that Boeing would take their business elsewhere, and possibly even start a trade dispute. Nice to see ANA has the balls to stand up against Boeing bullying their country!

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Great news! I am sure it is just a matter of time before we see japanese carriers ordering the A380, it just suits perfectly their needs especially on domestic routes.
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Old January 6th, 2006, 01:21 AM   #879
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I like 747 a little more, I want to fly on one really badly.
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