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Old February 7th, 2007, 09:43 AM   #1101
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Old February 7th, 2007, 12:33 PM   #1102
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Old March 8th, 2007, 06:57 AM   #1103
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A380 coming to America

Airbus is bringing the A380 to the U.S. for the first time later this month. One of the big jets, operated by Qantas, will land at LAX on March 19. The same day, another A380 operated by Lufthansa will land at JFK.

Aerospace Notebook: A380 to turn heads in U.S.

By JAMES WALLACE
P-I REPORTER


The breathless public relations statement called it a "landmark event in the history of aviation as well as for the city of Los Angeles."


Well, not exactly.

Lindbergh flying across the Atlantic from New York to Paris? Absolutely. But the A380 flying from Toulouse to Los Angeles?

Still, the event will certainly receive considerable media attention when the world's soon-to-be biggest passenger plane lands at LAX on March 19.

On the same day, around the same time, another A380 is scheduled to land at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.

The flights will be the first of the double-decker plane to the United States, and for Airbus an opportunity to have some favorable press about a plane that has caused the jet maker all kinds of grief the past year. Wiring issues delayed delivery of the A380 to customers by about two years and triggered a management and financial crisis at Airbus.

But wherever it goes, the A380 turns heads and draws crowds.

Qantas and Lufthansa, two of the airlines that have ordered the A380, are teaming with Airbus to fly the two A380s to the States. Lufthansa, which has 15 of the planes on order, won't get its first A380 until 2009 as a result of the two-year delay. Qantas, with 20 of the jets ordered, will be the third A380 customer, following Singapore and Emirates. But Qantas won't get its first plane until the summer of 2008.

Singapore Airlines is supposed to take delivery of the first A380 in October and will put the plane into passenger service in November or December.

The A380 that lands in New York will be operated by Lufthansa on what it is calling a route-proving flight. Lufthansa says the flight, which will include a stop at Dulles airport outside Washington, D.C., will mark the first time the A380 has demonstrated its "operational maturity under realistic conditions." For example, meals will have to be prepared for the 519 passengers who will be on the plane during the route- proving flight that begins in Frankfurt, Germany.

But these will not be paying passengers. Those seats will be filled by employees of Airbus and Lufthansa, and a few media representatives.

On March 21, Airbus has invited guests and the media to fly on the A380 for about 90 minutes over the New York area. Five days later, the same plane will take Airbus guests and the media for a ride over the Washington, D.C., area.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, the A380 that lands at LAX will carry only a Qantas flight crew -- no passengers or media.

While at LAX, the A380 crew will test airfield maneuvering, docking at a terminal gate and ground- handling services, according to a joint statement from Airbus, Qantas, the airport and the Los Angeles mayor's office.

The Los Angeles flight came about rather suddenly, after city officials were sharply critical of Airbus when it announced last month that the A380 operated by Lufthansa would land at Kennedy airport in New York -- the first A380 flight to a U.S. city.

"The city of Los Angeles and (officials) of LAX are prepared to welcome the A380 with open arms," the president of the city's airport commission said in a letter to Airbus boss Louis Gallois. "But first, Airbus must remember the promise it made to the people of Los Angeles."

Airbus had promised the city's airport agency in 2006 that the A380 would make LAX its first U.S. stop if the airport speeded up plans to construct gate facilities for the A380, which will supplant Boeing's 747 as the world's biggest commercial jetliner when it finally enters airline service later this year.

"We are proud that LAX is part of the A380's first visit to the United States," Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus North America, said in the same statement that described the A380 flight to LAX as a landmark event in the history of aviation.

Order race tightens: After losing the jetliner order battle to Boeing last year for the first time since 2000, Airbus jumped to an early lead in 2007 with orders in January for 90 jets. But Airbus won only seven more orders in February, according to the latest figures posted on its Web site.

Boeing, which won 51 orders in February, has 64 orders this year. It could announce more Thursday.

Just as it has done the past two years, Boeing again is outpacing Airbus in orders for the bigger and more profitable widebody planes.

Of the 97 firm Airbus orders this year, 89 are for the single-aisle A320 family -- 50 of those are for AirAsia and another 30 are for Spirit. The only Airbus widebody orders so far are for one VIP version of the A330 and one VIP version of the A340. It also has six orders for its A330 freighter now in development.

Boeing's 2007 order book includes three of the single-aisle 737s. The rest are widebody orders -- 36 767s, nine 777s and 16 787s.

All Nippon Airways, the launch customer for the 787, said Tuesday it will order four 777-300ERs.

"The announcement confirms our thesis that Boeing could dominate the skies in the widebody market early into the next decade," said Ronald Epstein of Merrill Lynch in a research note to clients.

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Old March 14th, 2007, 09:44 PM   #1104
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cool, any pics???.....
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Old March 15th, 2007, 03:25 AM   #1105
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When will Singapore Airlines and Emirates expect deliveries of the A380's??
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Old March 16th, 2007, 01:54 AM   #1106
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I thought SQ was the launch customer for the A380... I didn't know that A380s have been delivered already.
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Old March 16th, 2007, 02:20 AM   #1107
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Old March 16th, 2007, 05:17 AM   #1108
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They haven't been. There are several operating now, in test flights and route proving flights. They are now in the process of training crews to operate these planes. So Luftansa and Quantas are basically using them to try out theri routes and train their crews on the new planes.
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Old March 16th, 2007, 06:37 AM   #1109
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Airbus superjumbo set for U.S. debut, lacks buyers

NEW YORK, March 15 (Reuters) - Airbus will fly its A380 superjumbo to the United States for the first time on Monday, hoping the world's largest passenger jet will catch on with American travelers and win over skeptical U.S. airlines.

The 555-seat, double-decker plane with a wingspan almost the length of an American football field has racked up 156 orders so far, but none from U.S. airlines, which usually prefer Boeing Co. planes.

Signing up a U.S. airline would be a huge financial and morale boost for Airbus, which is suffering through financial losses and corporate turmoil due to delays on the huge plane, which is set to enter service with Singapore Airlines Ltd. later this year.

Even though some industry executives expect the A380 to be successful, U.S. carriers are not seen ordering any time soon.

"It doesn't look like there's anything's stirring," said Paul Nisbet at aerospace specialists JSA Research. "The timing is too early. Maybe 10 years from now it'll be in its heyday."

Airbus, owned by European aerospace group EADS , did not return a call seeking comment.
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Old March 16th, 2007, 05:22 PM   #1110
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Of an event on 19 March? Doubt it
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Old March 16th, 2007, 05:37 PM   #1111
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Airbus superjumbo set for U.S. debut, lacks buyers

NEW YORK, March 15 (Reuters) - Airbus will fly its A380 superjumbo to the United States for the first time on Monday, hoping the world's largest passenger jet will catch on with American travelers and win over skeptical U.S. airlines.

The 555-seat, double-decker plane with a wingspan almost the length of an American football field has racked up 156 orders so far, but none from U.S. airlines, which usually prefer Boeing Co. planes.

Signing up a U.S. airline would be a huge financial and morale boost for Airbus, which is suffering through financial losses and corporate turmoil due to delays on the huge plane, which is set to enter service with Singapore Airlines Ltd. later this year.

Even though some industry executives expect the A380 to be successful, U.S. carriers are not seen ordering any time soon.

"It doesn't look like there's anything's stirring," said Paul Nisbet at aerospace specialists JSA Research. "The timing is too early. Maybe 10 years from now it'll be in its heyday."

Airbus, owned by European aerospace group EADS , did not return a call seeking comment.
I don't think we'll see any more orders until the first one goes into service. The second that happens then we'll the interest go up and the problems should stop.
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Old March 17th, 2007, 12:11 AM   #1112
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Heck, only a couple of Us airlines even fly the 747! America is short haul, low density high frequency routes. I doubt you will ever see any American airlines buy the A380 unless other issues, such as slot controls and environmental regulations, start having a larger affect.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 01:28 PM   #1113
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Heck, only a couple of Us airlines even fly the 747! America is short haul, low density high frequency routes. I doubt you will ever see any American airlines buy the A380 unless other issues, such as slot controls and environmental regulations, start having a larger affect.
For domestic flights, yes, but a number of American carriers fly internationally: American, United, Northwest, Delta.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 08:56 PM   #1114
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I had to pick up my sister at Frankfurt airport today and since she was late I visited the A380 on its parking position at Terminal 2. They were preparing it for the flight to NY. I only had a cell phone at hand therefore the quality is not the best. Also not alot of action going on, they were basically drawing one bridge only, that's it.


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Old March 18th, 2007, 09:50 PM   #1115
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Old March 19th, 2007, 01:02 AM   #1116
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this plane is coming to america - here are some pics of the Airbus A380 with the number 007 landing at frankfurt international airport, which will be flying out of frankfurt to new york, chicago, washington and hongkong in the next few days - with regular passengers for the first time ever (including hundreds of winners of a radio competition from the frankfurt area).








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This will definetely make more international non-stop air traffic more common!
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love the pic with the tiny plane haha
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Old March 19th, 2007, 08:05 AM   #1119
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No, nice BECAUSE of the music.
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Given the trend of using smaller aircraft and boosting frequencies, I don't think it's likely the A380 will be used for domestic routes. Perhaps London-New York may be more feasible to start.
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