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Old January 5th, 2009, 08:02 AM   #1241
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I already flight with it
with singapore airways from narita to singapore

it is really incredible one
nice and unforgetable

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Old January 16th, 2009, 05:07 AM   #1242
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Heard on TV tonight: Air Austral, the airline based in the French overseas department of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of two A380 for service between Paris and Réunion. What's exceptional about this is not only that it will be the first A380s on routes to and from overseas France, but above all these two A380 will seat 840 passengers each, in a single class configuration. Air Austral will thus be the world's first airline flying all-economy class Airbus A380s. It is expected it will reduce the price of tickets between Paris and Réunion by 30%. These two A380 should be delivered in 2013-2014.

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Airline to turn A380 superjumbo into sardine can

It is a flying sardine can on a massive scale. The Reunion-based Air Austral has announced its plans to become the world's first airline with an all-economy class Airbus A380, which will seat around 840 passengers.

The airline ordered two of the double-decked jets overnight, claiming they would enable it to offer cheaper tickets between Paris and the French territory in the Indian Ocean.

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http://www.smh.com.au/travel/airline...0116-7imb.html
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Old January 16th, 2009, 05:40 AM   #1243
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I already flight with it
with singapore airways from narita to singapore

it is really incredible one
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Yeah I was on A380 from SIN-LHR-SIN... really amazing... more leg room... bigger screen... and spacious! Consindering SIN-LHR is a long haul flight, I was enjoying myself very much throughout the whole journey. I think I will not enjoy much if I was in 747 or 777 for such a long haul flight
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Old January 18th, 2009, 02:18 PM   #1244
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QF now flying SYD-SIN-LHR with their third A380.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #1245
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I didn't know order of China Southern is firm.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 07:08 PM   #1246
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i remember when Airbus had some difficulties trying to fix many problems and financials with the A380 mouths ago, but now they seem to have regain back even more confidence in the aviation market!! good look for them, and since I'm studying to be pilot i hope the best future for A380, i want to fly it one day
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 03:17 PM   #1247
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Emirates Expands A380 Services To Sydney, Auckland
February 03, 2009 18:02 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3 (Bernama) -- Emirates Airline has expanded its A380 services to Sydney and Auckland with three flights per week and will progress to a daily, effective May 1, 2009.

In a statement here today, Emirates senior vice president (commercial operations for East Asia/Australasia), Richard Vaughan, said the services would be a welcome news to tourism authorities of both countries seeking to attract increasing number of visitors from the Middle East.

"The growth in Emirates' seat capacity by over 40 percent is expected to encourage above-average growth of visitor arrivals and support both countries' marketing efforts in the region.

"Already, Emirates is carrying over 50 percent of all Gulf tourists visiting Australia," he said.

Vaughan said the airline had also deployed measures to cut fuel burn and emissions on flights to/from Australia and New Zealand as well as reduce the journey time.

"Advancing Emirates' environmental programme, the A380 service also heralds a new era for flights Down Under, a green best-practice demonstration flight, and the use of the world's most eco-efficient commercial airlines on the Indian Ocean for the first time," he said.

He said EK412, the first commercial flight of A380 to fly over the Indian Ocean, will also be the test flight for a longer-term green flight innitiative.

"The programme will commence in the first half of 2009. The per seat fuel burn is expected to be 20 percent less vis-a-vis the normal flights," he said.

Vaughan said the aircraft's environment credentials were further strengthened with the green flight that effectively employed new technology and multi-government cooperation to create ultra-efficient flexibles routings and minimise fuel burn.

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Old February 3rd, 2009, 05:33 PM   #1248
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Korean Air to buy 2 more A380 jets from Airbus

Tue Feb 3, 2009

SEOUL, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Korean Air Co (003490.KS), South Korea's top air carrier, said on Tuesday it would buy two additional A380 superjumbo jets from European aircraft maker Airbus, bringing its total A380 order to ten.

Korean Air said in a filing with the Korea Exchange the additional order for two planes would cost $514 million in list price terms. The planes would be delivered in May and June, 2014.

Airbus, a unit of EADS (EAD.PA), is set to deliver the eight A380s Korean Air ordered earlier between 2010 and 2013. (Reporting by Rhee So-eui; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)

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A380 reaches 200 firm orders!!!

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Old February 5th, 2009, 01:17 AM   #1249
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If I understand well, Airbus has to deliver around 100 A380 before the end of the year to fulfill its promises (with already 1 year delay). Does anybody know how many A380 are planned to be build in 2009?
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Old February 5th, 2009, 01:31 AM   #1250
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Old February 5th, 2009, 07:00 AM   #1251
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If I understand well, Airbus has to deliver around 100 A380 before the end of the year to fulfill its promises (with already 1 year delay). Does anybody know how many A380 are planned to be build in 2009?
I´m sorry but you have some serious lack of information on this matter.

Airbus announced the reviewed delivery plan to the customers nearly one year ago. And the company achieved its goal delivering 12 planes in 2008. There are no more delivering delays in sight, the customers are more than happy with their new birds and the manufacturing process goes now like a Swiss watch.



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13 May 2008

Airbus has completed the A380 programme review and is now informing customers about changes to its delivery schedule. The review assessed the programme status at the critical juncture of transitioning from low rate "individual" production, so-called Wave 1, to the full serial design and manufacturing process, called Wave 2.

Overall, the recovery programme, initiated in summer 2006, is progressing well. Four aircraft were delivered as planned and are performing very well in airline operations on long-range routes. Seventeen aircraft are in various stages of production, mainly in the wiring installation and system testing phases. Most aircraft earmarked for delivery in 2008 have already flown.

However, the review has also shown that the steep ramp-up planned in 2006 is not fully achievable. Time and resources needed for Wave 1 production aircraft are higher than expected, and this has created some delay in the changeover to Wave 2 with its new design and manufacturing process.

As a result, Airbus plans now for 12 (instead of 13) deliveries in 2008 and
21 (instead of 25) in 2009.
Details about the new plan and the further
ramp-up and delivery slots in 2010 and the following years will be discussed with customers in the coming weeks.

The results of this review do not, at this stage, cover the financial impact. The extent of the additional costs will be influenced by the actual production and delivery scenario. This will follow discussions with the customers and a more precise evaluation of the implications of the new delivery schedule for 2010 deliveries and beyond. This will therefore take some more time to determine.

Airbus is an EADS company.
source: http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre...revisited.html
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Old February 5th, 2009, 07:35 AM   #1252
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58 airplanes A380 to Emirates?????????????



Can't believe it!!
Really? This surprises you? I mean when you fill up your car your helping pay for them. Ok, not really, but really.
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Old February 5th, 2009, 08:49 AM   #1253
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I´m sorry but you have some serious lack of information on this matter.

Airbus announced the reviewed delivery plan to the customers nearly one year ago. And the company achieved its goal delivering 12 planes in 2008. There are no more delivering delays in sight, the customers are more than happy with their new birds and the manufacturing process goes now like a Swiss watch.





source: http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre...revisited.html
Taking into account today's economic times, and carriers reporting losses I believe airlines would be more than likely happy to receive the revised delivery dates...?
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Old February 5th, 2009, 09:26 AM   #1254
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I would like to quote John Leahy (Airbus Chief Operating Officer) on that:

“This aircraft is an economic weapon!”




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Old February 5th, 2009, 09:23 PM   #1255
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The thing I don't catch is : In those difficult times, Airbus has a full schedule for I don't know how many years and they could hire people to meet those schedules. Instead, they fire people. How is it possible to have financial problems with a fully loaded schedule? There is something going very wrong in economics. If you have orders, you produce and you develop new products. Banks follow you and you cash-in at each order.
There is plenty enough qualified people to handle the job.

What are those manipulations in the aero industry, either Boeing and Airbus are in problem and everybody needs to replace planes. Who will win? Airlines, finance guys, customers?

Who is manipulating the financial world really?
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Old February 12th, 2009, 08:48 PM   #1256
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MSN033 FLIES !!!!

Air France first A380 maiden flight on 12/02/2009 !
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Old February 12th, 2009, 10:57 PM   #1257
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Great picture! Interesting colours. Yes, a plane is a big puzzle of parts, better have great people to put them together
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Old February 15th, 2009, 09:56 AM   #1258
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This 2009, Emirates will use its A380 to Manila, Philippines.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:10 AM   #1259
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UAE approves PAL's 5th Freedom except UK, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait flights



31 January 2009
Abu Dhabi, UAE: The United Arab Emirates represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) General Civil Aviation Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Philippines on 29th January 2009 in Abu Dhabi, to increase flights between the two countries.

The MoU was signed by His Excellency Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), General Civil Aviation Authority in the UAE and H.E Doroteo A. Reyes II, Undersecretary for Civil Aviation, Department of Transportation and Communications and Chairman, RP Air Negotiating Panel in Philippines. The signing ceremony was attended by H.E Mohamed Ibrahim Al Juwaid, the UAE ambassador to Philippines and H.E Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippines Ambassador to UAE Representatives in addition to representatives from Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Sharjah Civil Aviation Department.

The two delegations agreed to confirm the designation of Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, RAK Airways and to designate Fly Dubai as a new National Carrier from UAE Side.


His Excellency Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)
and Doroteo A. Reyes II, Undersecretary for Civil Aviation, Department of Transportation and Communications
and Chairman, RP Air Negotiating Panel in Philippine.


According to the MoU both parties agreed a phased increase of (89) flights weekly passenger as following:

- Five (5) additional weekly frequencies for each side to/from Manila;

- Forty two (42) additional weekly frequencies for each side to/from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Clark);

- Twenty one (21) additional weekly frequencies for each side to/from Cebu International Airport; and

- Twenty one (21) additional weekly frequencies for each side to/from other airports in the Philippines.

The two parties agreed to allow the designated airlines of each side to operate up to 600 tons per week per direction to/from Cebu International Airport. And they agreed that the designated airlines of the UAE shall have the right to exercise full fifth freedom traffic rights only up to fourteen (14) weekly frequencies between any intermediate point(s) and Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Clark) only, and any point(s) beyond, except Japan, the USA and Canada.

The designated airlines of the Philippines shall have the right to exercise full fifth freedom traffic rights only up to fourteen (14) weekly frequencies between any intermediate point(s) and any one point in the UAE only, and any point(s) beyond, except the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Both delegations agreed to hold consultations within one year from the date signing the said MoU.
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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:14 AM   #1260
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Philippine Airlines kicks tires of Airbus 380
Manila Standard Today
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NOT only did Jaime Bautista take a roundabout route to get to Toulouse, France last week to fetch Philippine Airlines’ newest Airbus 320, the PAL president even flew, gasp, Singapore Airlines.

Bautista’s Singapore-London flight, his first on the luxury airliner 380, was part of an elaborate courtship ritual by the European aircraft manufacturer keen to extend its 30-year partnership with Asia’s first airline, which is concluding its $840 million, fifteen A320-family fleet modernization program.

“I will send a first-class ticket to [PAL owner] Lucio Tan if he promises to buy the 380,” Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy told a bemused Bautista, moments after PAL signed the delivery papers for the wide-bodied plane.

Even before PAL took delivery of its latest Airbus, the 156-seater jet had already been booked solid for its first commercial flights yesterday, twice to Cagayan de Oro and twice to Iloilo out of Manila.

The record holiday traffic, and the rapid decline in fuel prices from its equally rapid ascent, gives Bautista confidence that PAL would break even or maybe post a modest profit for the third quarter, after having been buffeted by a $133-million loss in the first half of its fiscal year.

“There’s traffic, there are destinations, it’s just a question as to whether Airbus will give us a good price,” Bautista answered when asked if PAL was seriously considering acquiring the flagship 380.

Depending on the euro-dollar rate and the options, the 525-passenger superjumbo can easily cost $320 million upwards, a hefty jump from the $250-million price tag being quoted only four years ago.

According to the grapevine, a 380 or two have quietly become available on the market with an expansive Indian airline, Kingfisher, now seriously rethinking its options on the five A380s it had placed when the commodities surge was still a Jim Rogers’ dream.

Still, the earliest that a 380 could be delivered to the Philippine flag carrier, were it to place an order today, would be 2014.

In the meantime, PAL is taking delivery of two Boeing 777-300 Extended Range by the fourth quarter next year, in time for the holiday travel season.

That should provide PAL numbers-crunchers Cesar Chiong and Alvin Limqueco fresh fuel and passenger load parameters to crank up their financial calculators and compare the strong, and weak, points of the American airplane with those of the European competition.

But, that, as they say, is another story.
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