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Old January 10th, 2005, 06:34 PM   #81
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The tail colours of the a380:
http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=294528


These are the same colours as airbus wallpaper from this month.
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Old January 10th, 2005, 06:36 PM   #82
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Only 7days 17 hours 25 minutes still to go.
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Old January 11th, 2005, 08:48 AM   #83
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UPS Places Order for 10 Airbus A380 Freighters

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Old January 11th, 2005, 06:01 PM   #84
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Posted: 11 January 2005 0531 hrs

A380 super-jumbo takes first peep outside French hangar

BLAGNAC, France : The A380 super-jumbo passenger jet, due to be officially unveiled next week, was wheeled out of its hangar in southwestern France for the first time. The white prototype, one of four that will make test flights later this year, will remain in the open for 48 hours before returning inside the hangar at Blagnac near the city of Toulouse, informed sources said.

The plane, designed by the European consortium Airbus, will be officially unveiled on January 18 at Blagnac about two months before its maiden flight, Airbus executives have said.

The A380 is set to break a 30-year monopoly that US aircraft maker Boeing has held in the market for big passenger airplanes with its 747 jumbo.

French President Jacques Chirac, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso were expected to attend the unveiling. Representatives of all airlines that have ordered the A380, which is set to become the world's biggest commercial airliner, carrying up more than 550 passengers, were also on the guest list.

Airbus is 80-percent owned by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, and the rest of aircraft maker's capital is owned by British defence contractor BAE Systems.

Airbus and Boeing are currently locked in a bitter dispute. Boeing contends that Airbus benefits from government subsidies that violate international trade rules. The European Union for its part maintains that Boeing has received illegal subsidies in the form of major contracts from US defense and space agencies.

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Old January 11th, 2005, 08:09 PM   #85
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Posted: 11 January 2005 2320 hrs

Airbus consolidates A380 order book ahead of plane's official unveiling

PARIS : The European consortium Airbus is consolidating its order book for the new A380 aircraft thanks to a highly symbolic US purchase a week before the official unveiling of the world's biggest passenger jet.

The aircraft maker, which is preparing to present the A380 in Toulouse next Tuesday amid great fanfare, is celebrating a new order for the super-jumbo from US package shipper United Parcel Service.

UPS announced Monday it had placed a firm order for 10 A380s, with an option on 10 more, and in a related decision cut its order for 90 A300 aircraft to 53.

The super-jumbo A380 has the capacity to carry three decks of cargo with container capacity of nearly 40,000 cubic feet (1,100 cubic meters) and a maximum structural payload of 330,000 pounds (150,000 kilograms). It has a range of 5,600 nautical miles. It is to come into service in 2008, two years after the double-decker passenger version.

UPS did not disclose the financial details of the order. But according to Airbus catalog prices, it would amount to roughly 2.7 billion dollars (2.1 billion euros). The US order fleshes out the order book for the A380, which already had 129 firm orders and 10 options by end-November, the latest available Airbus figures show.

Airbus is to publish Wednesday its annual aircraft sales and orders data.

Airbus's strong performance comes against a backdrop of an aviation slump in the United States, where few airline companies are still risking investment in their fleets. Moreover, it is a new blow for Boeing, the US arch-rival that Airbus beat in aircraft deliveries in 2004 for the second straight year.

The A380, the target of Boeing's endless criticism that it is unsuited to the market, "will allow UPS to effectively meet the fast-growing demands of our customers across a variety of global trade lanes," said UPS airlines chief operating officer John Beystehner in announcing the deal Tuesday.

His praise of the plane's "exciting combination of payload and range" was bound to hearten Airbus's four partners -- Britain, France, Germany and Spain -- which have invested 10 billion euros in the project.

The chief commercial officer of Airbus, John Leahy, predicted in mid-December that 10 new A380 orders would be finalized in early 2005. He said more than 150 orders were expected by mid-year.

Presenting the A380 in Toulouse next week will be French President Jacques Chirac, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Airbus is 80 percent owned by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) and 20 percent by BAE Systems of Britain. - AFP
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Old January 12th, 2005, 01:36 AM   #86
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huaiwei> get your digicam ready when the A380-SIA lands at Changi
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Old January 12th, 2005, 03:16 AM   #87
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Old January 12th, 2005, 05:52 AM   #88
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Old January 12th, 2005, 07:59 AM   #89
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that thing is just HUGE!! can't wait to get in one of those. haha

i think the livery will only be new at the back/tail part of the plane.... i'm guessing the body just says A380-800 or something and that small bit near the nose has "AIRBUS" on it... hehe... probably something much, much better for this grand reveal, but that's what it looks like to me right now... haha
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Old January 12th, 2005, 09:06 AM   #90
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huaiwei> get your digicam ready when the A380-SIA lands at Changi
Ahh...I hope to be able to invest in a DSLR with superb zoom by then!
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Old January 12th, 2005, 10:04 AM   #91
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OMG those last few pics posted are A W E S O M E ! ! !
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Old January 12th, 2005, 12:22 PM   #92
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Old January 12th, 2005, 12:32 PM   #93
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WOW this one is amazing.
Its huge.........
I bet the colours say something like "You wish boeing" lol it will just say Airbus and A380.
I wonder if they will make an Airbus A380-900 a bigger and improved one of this.
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Old January 12th, 2005, 04:25 PM   #94
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5 days 10 hours and counting.
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Old January 14th, 2005, 07:45 AM   #96
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Airbus is about to unveil its new A380 super-jumbo (pictured). Will the 555-seat monster leave Boeing trailing in its wake?

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AS DISTINCTIVE Routemaster double-decker buses disappear from the streets of London, Airbus is set to unveil a double-decker passenger jet that it hopes will repeat the success of a vehicle that is every bit as iconic: Boeing’s 747. The European consortium’s A380 super-jumbo, which is to be formally unveiled at a lavish ceremony on Tuesday January 18th, will break the 747’s longstanding monopoly of the big-jet market when it enters service in 2006. Everything about the new plane is big, from its capacity of 555 paying customers and range of 15,000km (9,320 miles) to the purpose-built hangar, one of Europe’s largest enclosed spaces, at its construction site near Toulouse in southern France. Bigger, longer-range versions are planned and so far orders have been taken for 149 super-jumbos, over halfway to break-even point.
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The size of the project reflects estimates about the future demand for air travel. Despite the recent travails of big airlines, both Airbus and Boeing expect a tripling of air-passenger traffic over the next 20 years. But the transatlantic rivals disagree about how the demand should be met. Airbus thinks an extra 16,600 new large planes (over 100 seats)—a doubling of the number of passenger aircraft currently flying—will do the trick, and expects that the average number of seats in aircraft will increase by 20%, to 215. By contrast, Boeing expects sales of 18,600 slightly smaller planes.

Airbus is hoping that the A380 will help it retain the lead it gained over Boeing in 2003, when, for the first time since the European consortium emerged as a rival to Boeing in the early 1970s, it delivered more aircraft than its American competitor. Airbus, to Boeing’s extreme displeasure, kept the number-one slot in 2004 by delivering 320 planes compared with 285 from its rival, according to figures released this week.

Boeing’s seemingly unassailable lead over Airbus was founded on the success of the 747, which entered service in 1970. The original jumbo jet could carry twice as many passengers as the next largest plane then flying and had a greater range, allowing, for example, a long transatlantic flight without refuelling. Its cost per passenger mile was around one-third less than its rivals. A huge home market for the jumbo and the rest of the Boeing range ensured its ascendancy. Some 1,400 747s have been sold to date.

However, only 15 were delivered last year. And as the jumbo has aged, Boeing’s domination of the commercial airways has foundered. The aerospace giant’s product line is ailing, and attempts to revive it have met with only partial success. The big airlines showed little interest in an upgraded jumbo. And a red-faced Boeing was forced to withdraw its Sonic Cruiser, a plane intended to fly at near the speed of sound, after airlines rejected the idea that passengers would pay a hefty premium for such rapid transit.

Boeing’s latest attempt to put things right, the 250-seat 7E7 “Dreamliner”, is born out of a belief that passengers will demand, and future deregulation allow, a big increase in “point-to-point” travel: direct flights between small and medium-sized cities, as opposed to the traditional hub-and-spoke model, in which international passengers fly between a few major airports and are then taken to more out of the way places on feeder flights. Boeing hopes the new plane will prove popular with the time-conscious business flyer. It says that the 7E7’s advanced engines will cut airlines’ fuel costs by 20%. So far it has received 56 firm orders.

The A380, by contrast, is designed to fly between big hubs. Its critics say it will mean longer journey times for passengers with onward flights to smaller destinations. But Airbus is claiming a similar step-change to the one that accompanied the launch of the 747: operating costs will be 15-20% lower than those of any rival aircraft, it says. To add to Boeing’s discomfort, Airbus announced in December that it would introduce the A350 in direct competition with the Dreamliner, offering much the same specifications.

Boeing’s fears that it would be left in Airbus’s wake also prompted it to attack on another front. In October, America made a formal complaint to the World Trade Organisation alleging the payment of billions of dollars of “unfair” subsidies to Airbus. Boeing claims that “launch aid” has enabled Airbus to roll out five new products in the past ten years while it has managed just one. Like Airbus’s rapid response to the Dreamliner, the European Union immediately said that it would file a counter-claim over large sums of aid going to Boeing through indirect government subsidies from its relationship with NASA and the Pentagon. This week, the EU said that it was ready to compromise to resolve the dispute and both sides agreed to suspend hostilities (and subsidies) for three months of negotiations.

The huge projected market for passenger jets over the coming years will allow both aircraft-makers to sell plenty of new planes. The A380 aside, Airbus and Boeing seem evenly matched. The success of the super-jumbo may well determine how much higher the Europeans fly than the Americans in the next few years.
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Am a bit pissed off that we won't see it fly whens its officially first shown. I can always hope though.
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This makes me proud of beeing european
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Old January 15th, 2005, 07:14 PM   #99
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This makes me proud of beeing european
France, Germany and the UK are the main builders of the A380. Actually, 40% of it is made in the US, and some other parts in Spain. Do those countries represent Europe?
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god lee ! is something okay with the plane for u?
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