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Old February 28th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #941
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Amazing Plane....!! But why they put the singapore logo on the tail so big..? is it just temporary or permanent..?

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Old February 28th, 2006, 07:18 PM   #942
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Why put 777 engines on the A380 and are they planning to ever do that? That would be interesting.
Actually what Airbus hopes to do is get GE and Rolls-Royce to make a slightly bigger GenX and Trent 1000 engines to replace the current ones. It would drop fuel burn rates, and take away the new 747's only advantage.
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Old March 21st, 2006, 02:01 AM   #943
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17 March 2006
SINGAPORE PILOTS FEELING AT HOME ON THE A380

Ahead of their formal training, pilots from the A380 launch customers have been offered the chance to experience the aircraft first hand, accompanied by Airbus pilots and flight test engineers.

Making the most of the A380’s presence at Asian Aerospace, ‘first to fly’ the aircraft were two pilots from Singapore Airlines, who will be the first airline to put the A380 into commercial service. Captain Yong, Divisional Vice President Line Ops, and Captain Leong, DY Chief Pilot A340 Flight Operations Division, said afterwards that they were impressed by how comfortable, familiar and stable the A380 felt.

Captain Yong, who was using a side stick control for the first time, explained why thanks to Airbus’ approach to commonality, he doesn’t think that any of the airline’s pilots will have a problem flying the A380: “The underlying philosophy of Airbus products are quite similar and a lot of things that I have learned on the A310 are present on the A380 – though of course you have brought it several steps further on and this is a much more sophisticated airplane.”

When asked for his first impressions Captain Leong said that he found the aircraft very similar to the A340-500s that he is flying at the moment: “The cockpit and flying characteristics are similar, so it is easy for somebody who has flown an Airbus before to fly this airplane. I thought that because the A380 is bigger there would be a lot more lag in the controls, but to my pleasant surprise it is very lively and very stable - it’s a lovely plane.”

“On the surface there is not much difference from the A340 - except for some of the more advanced features like the multi-function displays and on-board information systems. But it’s very similar,” Captain Leong explained. “I especially like the radio management panel, the lighting and the screens, which are easy to see and good to work with – it’s very comfortable.”

He added: “We start our A380 training in August and when it enters service at the end of 2006, we’ll be there!”


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Old March 21st, 2006, 05:14 AM   #944
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Airbus plans A380's evacuation test
By Daniel Michaels
20 March 2006
The Wall Street Journal Europe

PARIS -- Airbus plans on March 26 to conduct one of the key certification tests for its giant A380 jetliner: evacuating as many as 873 people in total darkness through half the plane's 16 doors within 90 seconds.

The test, to take place in a hangar at Airbus's factory in Hamburg, Germany, will be overseen by officials of the European Aviation Safety Agency, which is handling the A380's certification to carry passengers. Officials of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration also will observe.

The test results may not be known for several days, Airbus spokeswoman Barbara Kracht said. EASA and FAA officials will want to examine infrared video taken during the test and analyze results of the drill. If the test needs to be interrupted, canceled or repeated, Airbus has lined up a second group to rerun the evacuation one week later, another Airbus spokesman said.

The test is critical because it will determine the number of passengers legally allowed to fly on the A380. The plane is designed to carry at most 853 passengers and 20 crew. Airbus wants to get at least 650 passengers off the plane in the test, because that is the largest number of seats now planned for the A380 by any of its current customers. "We are happy with anything above that," said Ms. Kracht.

Emirates Airlines, of Dubai, which has ordered 43 A380s, plans varying seating layouts on the model, the densest of which will carry 650 travelers. Most A380 buyers that have announced seating plans said they will have 480 to 550 seats.

Airbus plans to deliver two A380s to its first customer, Singapore Airlines, late this year. Emirates and Qantas Airways, of Australia, expect to receive their first A380s early next year.

To meet that schedule, Airbus must demonstrate that passengers can escape safely in an emergency. The A380's upper deck, with doors two stories off the ground, posed unprecedented challenges for the escape system's producer, Goodrich Corp., of Charlotte, North Carolina. The test also will be conducted under more-lifelike conditions than any previous aircraft-evacuation drill. All commercial aircraft face the same 90-second benchmark, with half the doors open.

Airbus, which is 80%-owned by European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. and 20% by Britain's BAE Systems PLC, had planned to conduct the evacuation last summer. The test was postponed when production snags pushed back the whole A380 program by six months in April.
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Old March 21st, 2006, 06:25 AM   #945
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Actually what Airbus hopes to do is get GE and Rolls-Royce to make a slightly bigger GenX and Trent 1000 engines to replace the current ones. It would drop fuel burn rates, and take away the new 747's only advantage.

I would love to see that happen. The A380 is such a great plane in my opinion. Further improvements would only make it better.


Sidenote: why is Kai Tak banned? That's kinda sad.
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Old March 21st, 2006, 11:33 AM   #946
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When will MSN 014, Qantas's 1st A380 come off the production line?

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Old March 22nd, 2006, 05:06 PM   #947
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Amazing Plane....!! But why they put the singapore logo on the tail so big..? is it just temporary or permanent..?

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I believe that would be the colour-scheme applied to the plane, and the logo is big, like the plane
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 02:56 AM   #948
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Sidenote: why is Kai Tak banned? That's kinda sad.

Why is Kai Tak banned?
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 04:22 AM   #949
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So what are the total orders so far for this plane??
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 04:51 AM   #950
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Here is the breakdown of the A380 orders so far..



Air France
10

China Southern
5

Emirates (incl 2 A380F)
43

Etihad 4

Fedex (A380F)
10

ILFC (incl 5 A380F)
10

Kingfisher Airlines
5

Korean Air
5

Lufthansa
15

Malaysia Airlines
6

Qantas
12

Qatar Airways
2

Singapore Airlines
10

Thai
6

UPS (A380F)
10 ( not firm )

Virgin Atlantic
6

TOTAL =
159

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Old March 23rd, 2006, 05:41 AM   #951
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 10:30 PM   #952
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43 A380 for Emirates?
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 10:50 PM   #953
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Thats correct right? 43? How do they finance it?
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Old March 24th, 2006, 04:35 PM   #954
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UAE is rich, probably came from gov subsidies, although 43 a380s is kinda extreme.
then again, they could be modeling after singapore airlines. rmb in the 80s? when the air travel industry hit rock bottom, when most airlines stopped orders, SIA ordered tonns of 747s coz it they saw the need for it in the future.

since orders usually take a couple of yrs to deliver, by the tym most airlines realise the need for new bigger jets in say the nxt 5 yrs, Emirates would aalready have those planes to fly, leaving all other airlines lagging behind
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Old March 26th, 2006, 06:18 PM   #955
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Airbus: All Passengers Evacuated During A380 Test
26 March 2006

HAMBURG (Dow Jones)--Airbus (ABI.YY) said Sunday the evacuation test for its A380, or super-jumbo, aircraft was a success with all passengers evacuated.

All 873 passengers were able to leave the aircraft within the prescribed 90 seconds, said Airbus Chief Executive Gustav Humbert at a press conference on Sunday in Hamburg.
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^It took 80 seconds to get all the 873 passengers out!!

Great news for the A380!
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^It took 80 seconds to get all the 873 passengers out!!

Great news for the A380!
Ye but one man broke his leg and another 32 people suffered minor injuries during evacuation.
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Ye but one man broke his leg and another 32 people suffered minor injuries during evacuation.

Which, considering the number of people involved, are great results!

32 minor injured and a man with a broken leg is very good results for this type of test with a plane of this size.
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And the people were told that they have to count in the possibility of minor injuries.
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Airbus: All Passengers Evacuated During A380 Test
26 March 2006

HAMBURG (Dow Jones)--Airbus (ABI.YY) said Sunday the evacuation test for its A380, or super-jumbo, aircraft was a success with all passengers evacuated.

All 873 passengers were able to leave the aircraft within the prescribed 90 seconds, said Airbus Chief Executive Gustav Humbert at a press conference on Sunday in Hamburg.

WOW, this is GREAT news. I'm glad that they were able to evacuate in a timely fashion. Once again another hurdle has been overcome.
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