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Old March 27th, 2006, 09:28 PM   #961
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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.
That's right: it's a good result.
But it could be interesting to know how and when this man broke his leg.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 04:16 PM   #962
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SIA's first A380 rolling out on time

First of 10 super-jumbo jets for airline being tested out now and is on track for year-end delivery

29 Mar 06

By Karamjit Kaur
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Singapore Airlines' first super-jumbo jet, the Airbus 380 aircraft, has rolled off the final assembly line in Toulouse, France, on schedule for delivery and commercial service by the end of the year.

The plane - the world's biggest passenger jet - is now being tested and will be flown to Hamburg, Germany, for the seats and other interiors to be fitted, an Airbus spokesman here told The Straits Times.

The remaining nine A380s that Singapore Airlines (SIA) has ordered are in different stages of production. The tab for the 10 planes comes to US$8.6 billion (S$14 billion), and SIA - the world's first airline to operate the A380 commercially - has an option to buy 15 more.

All the 10 planes, each able to carry 555 passengers in a double-decker, three-class layout, will be delivered by the end of 2008. SIA expects to put the first few on the 'Kangaroo Route' between Singapore, Sydney and London.

SIA spokesman Stephen Forshaw described the first A380 rolling off the factory line as a milestone, but added that with so many more milestones to go, 'we need to keep our excitement over this one in check'.

Airbus has 15 other customers for its A380, with 159 firm orders so far from carriers like Qantas, Emirates and Korean Airlines.

Four A380 development aircraft are now going through stringent flight tests. The first two are fitted with heavy test instrumentation and being tested for aerodynamics, low-speed and flight vibration tests. The third and fourth planes are in Hamburg for cabin installation.

As part of the battery of tests leading up to certification, an evacuation test was done last weekend under the close watch of the European Aviation Safety Agency and a representative of the American Federal Aviation Administration.

The official verdict is not in yet but Airbus has called it a success, because all 873 passengers and crew were evacuated within the given 90 seconds - and this was with only half of the 16 doors in use.

The trial, done in darkness, was filmed by infrared cameras, and the doors and slides that were working were not made known to those who were role-playing as passengers and crew.

Airbus' chief operating officer and head of the A380 programme Charles Champion said Airbus was on the way to transporting passengers in a standard of comfort expected by the A380's first lot of customers.

SIA's Mr Forshaw said the carrier did not plan to carry the maximum number of passengers per flight, adding: 'Our customers can look forward to a roomier cabin with slightly fewer than 480 seats - or only about 100 more than the existing Boeing 747s - on board.'
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Old June 14th, 2006, 07:56 PM   #963
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AIRBUS A380 DELAY, EADS warns of €2bn lost earnings

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Airbus parent company EADS issued a financial warning overnight, saying that its revision to the A380 production schedule will cost the company at least €2 billion ($2.5 billion) in lost earnings from 2007 to 2010. Key risk-sharing suppliers are also assessing the impact the announcement will have to their earnings forecasts as launch customers have expressed concern over delivery delays of up to seven months.

EADS’s warning stems from yesterday’s announcement that Airbus’s A380 delivery schedule will be revised again and pushed back a further seven months. Because of this, Airbus will still deliver one A380 this year, but only nine of the 20 planned for 2007 and as few as 26 aircraft in 2008 and 40 in 2009 before returning to schedule in 2010.

The warning led to shares in EADS dropping by more than 20% to just over €20 in early morning trading on the Paris bourse. The UK’s BAE Systems, which owns 20% of Airbus, also saw a small drop in share price, despite plans to sell the stake to EADS.


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Old June 15th, 2006, 12:36 AM   #964
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Bummer...
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Old June 15th, 2006, 08:29 AM   #965
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what causes the revision to its production schedule?

can' help but thinking cud be some unassuming request by one or two launching customers? so that they cud dominate the skies with their A380 for a while before others cud catch up with them? ha haaa
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Old June 16th, 2006, 12:12 AM   #966
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A380 Unveils Super First Class Cabin!

A380 Unveils Super First Class Cabin!

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OMG! Airbus has just unveiled its Super First Class Cabin and it looks stunning!

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http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles/2006/06/15/Navigation/177/207243/Pictures+First+images+of+Airbus's+Super+First+Clas s+suites+concept+for.html

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Old June 16th, 2006, 12:33 AM   #967
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Very nice, this is what luxury air trave should be like.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 02:47 AM   #968
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Looks like an hotelroom, how many of those rooms are there on one plane?
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Old June 16th, 2006, 02:55 AM   #969
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Wow, now that is insane. I would love to travel like that.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 02:55 AM   #970
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lol nice
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Old June 16th, 2006, 02:57 AM   #971
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Old June 16th, 2006, 03:50 AM   #972
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It's highly doubtful any airline will use such a configuration. This looks more like a VIP lounge than anything else. I can't imagine any carrier would waste space to such an extent.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 05:50 AM   #973
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Did you know that Airbus had to delayed delivery of the first A-380 super jumbo jet for security failures. This shows that Airbus a Heavily subsides company unlike Boeing has shown their inexperience again. Boeing just grab the last big order of the Year singapore Airlines for their High Tech Dreamliner which is the most economicall fuel efficient long range and mid range cruiser in the world. This cements that Boeing is the largest producer of commercial jetliners in the world.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 06:10 AM   #974
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While it's true that Airbus is certainly showing inexperience with the problematic A380, it's ridiculous to say that the reason for it is being a subsidized company. Boeing is *heavily* incentivized by the US government with nearly $250 billion in military contracting in an average year. Don't believe for a second that Boeing is a company that never sees a subsidy.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 06:48 AM   #975
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oh my wow. its purely demostrational. i dont think any airline would spend that much on an airbus A380, and install these types of cabins. whoever's gonna buy one will want maximum profits!
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Old June 16th, 2006, 01:09 PM   #976
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who is actually ordering the 380 with these specs, anyone? nice cabin too bad about the delay.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 01:48 PM   #977
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It's highly doubtful any airline will use such a configuration. This looks more like a VIP lounge than anything else. I can't imagine any carrier would waste space to such an extent.
True, its just for show like the lounges they planned for the upper deck of the 747, nice idea but impractical
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Old June 16th, 2006, 03:36 PM   #978
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Old June 16th, 2006, 03:41 PM   #979
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Did you know that Airbus had to delayed delivery of the first A-380 super jumbo jet for security failures. This shows that Airbus a Heavily subsides company unlike Boeing has shown their inexperience again. Boeing just grab the last big order of the Year singapore Airlines for their High Tech Dreamliner which is the most economicall fuel efficient long range and mid range cruiser in the world. This cements that Boeing is the largest producer of commercial jetliners in the world.
by any chance you wouldn't be working for Boeing, you sound like some one who trolls for Boeing, how great they are and all kinds of crap.

Who gives a rats arse about Boeing, this thread is about A380.

f**k do I hate trolls,
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Old June 16th, 2006, 09:23 PM   #980
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yea, let this remain a thread about the sweet A-380.

With that much space, they shouldnt call it cabin, its a suite!

Suppose an airline decided to outfit one of their 380's with this, how much would a ticket cost for a New York - London flight?
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