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Old October 10th, 2007, 05:45 AM   #1181
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Thanks, great pictures. Cant wait to fly the A380.
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Old October 10th, 2007, 06:02 AM   #1182
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Nice! Hartford also got a visit from the A380 a while back, it truly is a giant.
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Old October 15th, 2007, 09:58 AM   #1183
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A380 touchdown in Manila and Pampanga (nearby province)









Security escorts. There were 10 or 12 of these. Im not familiar with jet fighter names. Sino makaka-identify? F-18's? Half of them were flying the vicinity before the A380 landed and the other half after the A380 landed.

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Old October 26th, 2007, 02:42 PM   #1184
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A380 visits Shanghai

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Old October 26th, 2007, 07:45 PM   #1185
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If want need China eastern airlines A380 !! but
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Old October 26th, 2007, 09:06 PM   #1186
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What?


Is China Eastern going to get an A380?
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Old October 27th, 2007, 06:26 AM   #1187
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A380 has landed Shanghai last year for the first time, this time is the 2nd one. The first commercial A380 is reserved for China Souther Airlines among mainland China's airlines.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 04:40 AM   #1188
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A380 Superjumbo Executive Jet

European companies plan to turn Airbus Superjumbo into ultimate executive jet
26 October 2007

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - The new Airbus 380 "Superjumbo" has completed its maiden commercial flight and there are already plans to transform the world's largest passenger plane into the pinnacle of private luxury -- an executive jet.

Two European companies -- Germany's Lufthansa Technik and Switzerland's Jet Aviation -- have announced their intention to convert the enormous airliner into a flying mansion replete with private bedrooms, a movie theater, and a gym fitted with saunas and jacuzzis.

Media reports in Europe have said Lufthansa Technik, a subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, recently received an order for a VIP-configured A380 from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Both Abramovich -- who in 2005 acquired a specially modified Boeing 767ER -- and Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik have denied the reports. But a Lufthansa Technik spokesman said they were anticipating a firm order for the A380 from a different private customer.

"There is definitely a market for an executive version of the Airbus 380," said Bernd Habbel, Lufthansa Technik's head of corporate communications.

Purchases of private airliners have hit record highs, with manufacturers set to deliver more than 1,000 planes in 2007, and industry experts predicting sales of about US$200 billion over the next decade.

But most of those planes are relatively small, in the short-haul category of a Learjet, Cessna Citation or Gulfstream, and usually costing $2-5 million. The largest corporate jets are usually modified versions of the Airbus 320 or Boeing 737 that sell for about US$70 million.

Experts say only national governments and very few of the super wealthy can afford massive price tags that come with the higher category, such as a Boeing 767 that is three times the size of an average executive jet.

The market is also seemingly immune to the financial turbulence that has gripped global markets, too.

"Limousines or extravagantly tricked-out yachts are frequently fitted with plush custom-made interiors," said Richard Maslen, an editor of Airliner World, a British aviation magazine. "The world of aviation is no different -- 'customized' aircraft have long been available for those who can afford them, such as royal families, heads of state or the growing coterie of billionaires," Maslen said.

"Anyone who wants to customize their mode of travel to accommodate lots of friends -- or perhaps adapt it to withstand a terrorist attack -- will find that there are companies prepared to take on the work," Maslen said.

But the 560-ton A380 is in a size category of its own, dwarfing even the Boeing 747, which serves as America's presidential Air Force One jet.

Lufthansa Technik already has drawn up a general design for a customized luxury A380 interior, although a customer would collaborate on specific details, Habbel said.

A rendering of the layout provides the owner with two spacious private bedrooms on the upper deck, separated from a reception area with plush sofas and a wood and brass bar next to the central stairway.

The private quarters allow for maximum comfort and convenience. A master bedroom includes an office, private dining room, dressing room, a fully fitted bathroom and a gym featuring both a steam bath and exercise machines.

The entourage is accommodated in lounge-type quarters on the lower deck, also equipped with a large dining and conference area. There is a third level, the cargo area below, that can be transformed into yet another passenger space or a cinema if needed.

And what would the price tag be of a custom-fitted Airbus 380?

Lufthansa Technik is reluctant to discuss the cost. But according to Airbus spokeswoman Maggie Bergsma, the list price of an A380 is US$320 million. Experts say customized furnishings can rack up an additional US$50-US$150 million, as the degree of luxury depends entirely on the depth of the buyer's pockets.

Basel, Switzerland-based Jet Aviation has already received four letters of intent for the yet-to-be-delivered 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's newest jet.

"We will certainly be one of few players that can do the completions on an A380 for whoever wants to do that," said Heinz Aebi, a company vice president.

Jet Aviation delivered two Boeing 747s converted to luxury standard for Dubai Air Wings this year.

"There will always be customers who want such planes that can fly intercontinental ranges without the need to land and refuel," Aebi said.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 09:53 AM   #1189
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There are rumors that the US want to buy an A380 as new Airforce One. Just imagine the US presidnet has to park his old B747 next to a new and shiny Russian or European A380.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 10:05 AM   #1190
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Doubtful, people usually use their own goods when they have a chance. I think they would sooner order a 747-8 than a A380.

But who knows, it could be true.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 10:17 AM   #1191
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There are rumors that the US want to buy an A380 as new Airforce One. Just imagine the US presidnet has to park his old B747 next to a new and shiny Russian or European A380.
Yeah right, the U.S. Government would use an MD-80 if that were the biggest plane made in the U.S.. In reality a 747-800 is the most likely candidate.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 02:12 PM   #1192
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this confirms rumors that the US Air Force is considering the A380 to replace the Boeing 747 Air Force One...

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...placement.html

EXCLUSIVE: US considers Airbus A380 as Air Force One and potentially a C-5 replacement
By Stephen Trimble

The Airbus A380 has attracted interest from the US Air Force (USAF) as a cargo freighter and as a large VIP transport in the Air Force One class, says an industry source.

EADS last summer responded to two separate inquiries by the USAF’s Air Mobility Command (AMC) about the A380, which is a double-decker jet delivered to Singapore Airlines on 15 October after a long delay.

AMC’s first request asked EADS to submit data about the A380F Freighter for potential use as a military airlifter, the source said, adding that the company has submitted a reply and expects an invitation to make a presentation in December to AMC officials.

The request may be linked to the USAF’s ongoing review of a potentially over-budget re-engining and reliability improvement programme for the Lockheed Martin C-5 fleet.

Lockheed insists the programme can be accomplished within the current budget, but USAF estimates indicate a 50% to 100% cost growth.
USAF officials were not immediately available to comment.

Separately, AMC also requested data from EADS about three Airbus jets as part of a market survey for “VIP Large Aircraft Recapitalization”, the source said.

The survey solicited data about the A380, A340-600 and A330-200.

The USAF may soon need to recapitalize the VC-25 Air Force One and the US Navy also may face similar pressure to replace the E-4 Looking Glass airborne command post.

Both aircraft are based on the Boeing 747-200 and entered service in the early 1990s.

Many commercial airliners are retiring the 747-200 due to age and fuel inefficiency.

Boeing’s Global Support Systems (GSS) division is aware that the USAF may need to replace the VC-25 with a new model and intends to offer the Boeing 747-8, which features new engines and wings and is scheduled to enter service in 2009.

Retaining the company’s historic monopoly on the Air Force One fleet is the GSS division’s top priority, Boeing officials say.

Recent acquisition contracts show that presidential aircraft fleets are not immune from transatlantic competition.

In 2004, the US Navy selected an Italian-British helicopter design – the EH101 -- offered by Lockheed for the next presidential helicopter.

The Lockheed product, which has since faced cost and technical problems, beat a rival bid from incumbent “Marine One” supplier Sikorsky.

AMC’s two separate requests for Airbus jets arrived as EADS prepared a bid for the KC-X tanker contract based on the A330-200 converted freighter.

The US Special Operations Command, meanwhile, has previously asked EADS for information about the A400M. Another EADS division, Eurocopter, is supplying the EC145 to the US Army as a light utility helicopter.
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Old October 31st, 2007, 12:24 AM   #1193
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I am going to suspect that there is going to be a big political issue on this. Some politicians don't like the government to buy foreign products especially to replace their own symbolic icon, The Air Force One. But, I will not be surprise that the British, Chinese, Russians and Japanese will buy one or two as their own Air Force One. Maybe, the richest man in India may buy one too. He recently wanted to build a home worth more than $1 billion dollars.
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Old October 31st, 2007, 03:56 AM   #1194
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Yea, I can believe if they buy the A380 as a C-5 replacement, but not Air Force One.

The US Government has been helping Boeing along by offering it contracts for decades...
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Old November 15th, 2007, 04:35 PM   #1195
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Old February 18th, 2008, 03:52 AM   #1197
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A380 Flying Casino

Airbus says in talks on superjumbo casino

HONG KONG, Feb 14, 2008 (AFP) - Airbus said Thursday it was holding talks with a number of customers interested in converting its superjumbo A380 -- the world's biggest passenger plane -- into a flying casino.

"We have had interests from customers who would like to do something like (casinos)," said David Velupillai, marketing director for Airbus's executive and private aviation division.

"We had discussions with several customers about it," he told AFP.

"Of course the biggest attraction of the A380 is that it's got 50 percent more floor space than the (Boeing) 747. If you have to do something like that, you have got the floor space that will allow you to do this."

Velupillai said a fully-fitted casino on the world's biggest airliner could be delivered as early as 2012.

He would not disclose the identity of the interested customers nor whether they included casino operators.

Nor would he be drawn on whether there would be special interest from Asian customers seekign to exploit a gambling surge.

Gaming revenues from the southern Chinese territory of Macau have already overtaken the Las Vegas Strip and are set to challenge the greater Las Vegas region, Clark County, this year.

Singapore is also set to open its first casino in 2009.

Airbus has so far received nearly 200 firm orders for the A380 from a list of predominantly Asian, European and Gulf-based customers.

The first of the hulking, double-decker planes to go into normal passenger service has been flying the Singapore to Sydney route since October, operated by Singapore Airlines.

Giant casino operator Las Vegas Sands, which has operations in the United States and Macau, is hoping to launch VIP charter flights between Hong Kong and Las Vegas featuring baccarat tables in Lockheed Martin planes, a South China Morning Post report said earlier this week.
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Old July 8th, 2008, 03:28 PM   #1198
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After all this time....

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New Airbus plane to stop at Manchester Airport

By James Chapelard

The Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, will land at Manchester Airport for the first time on Saturday as part of a series of flights around the North West.

The aircraft will perform a standard approach into Manchester Airport at 1.20pm above the runway before heading to Liverpool.

The aircraft is likely to draw crowds of people to the airport keen to catch a glimpse of the double decker plane.

Vantage points include the top levels of the Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 car parks as well as the Aviation Viewing Park, the airport said.

“The Airbus A380 has strong links with the North West as well as playing an important role in the future of the aviation industry,” said Andrew Cornish, the airport’s managing director.

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Airbus names A380 delivery centre in Hamburg after Jürgen Thomas

4 July 2008

Airbus officially opened a new A380 Delivery Centre today at the manufacturer’s site in Hamburg, Germany. During the ceremony, Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO, named the building after Jürgen Thomas, the former head of the Airbus Large Aircraft Division, who was in charge of the development of the A3XX (to become A380) from 1996 to 2001.

“In a world where flying is taken for granted, there are very few real aviation pioneers, but Jürgen Thomas is definitely one of them. The Wright brothers launched the aeronautics industry and almost a century later Jürgen recaptured that sense of adventure, launching an entirely new concept of flight and industrial co-operation. I’m therefore very honoured to name this building after Jürgen Thomas, the Father of the A380”, said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.

Airbus’ European and Middle Eastern customers will receive their A380s from this new delivery centre, while deliveries to A380 customers located further away will take place from Toulouse. Emirates airline will be the first customer to receive its A380 from Hamburg on July 28th, 2008, while Singapore Airlines had received its first A380 in October 2007 from Toulouse.

The today opened delivery centre completes the Toulouse Delivery Centre, which accommodates all aircraft deliveries, and the A320 Family Delivery Centre in Hamburg. The five-floor building features about 16,000 square meters of which 5.000 square meters are dedicated for delivery activities such as office space and is equipped with a shop-floor area, customer and contract offices as well as freight and luggage areas. Conveniently under one roof, Airbus will be able to perform the entire process of aircraft delivery in one place, from aircraft and cabin inspection up to all legal and administrative processes. 20,000 square metres of concrete pavement outside the building will provide enough space for two A380s. The building will also host A380 engineering teams and a staff restaurant.

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First images of it heading into Manchester...
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