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Old May 20th, 2009, 09:58 AM   #1361
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great pictures, like the one where a Russian Heavy plane is used to carry parts of the emirates airbus
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Old May 20th, 2009, 10:51 AM   #1362
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Whose seatmap it is?
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Old May 20th, 2009, 10:56 AM   #1363
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Only one airline calls its "First Class" in its A380s 'Suites' but this ain't Singapore Airlines'.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 11:14 AM   #1364
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Only one airline calls its "First Class" in its A380s 'Suites' but this ain't Singapore Airlines'.
Singapore IS Suites. But it is 4 abreast, on main deck.

QaNTAS First Class is 14 seats, 3 abreast on lower deck. Emirates first class is 14 seats, 4 abreast on upper deck.

Air France First Class shall be 9 seats, 4 abreast on lower deck.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 01:20 PM   #1365
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A question for all the brainiacs, have all 3 operators had their A380s at the same airport at the same time?
And is there a picture
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Old May 20th, 2009, 07:28 PM   #1366
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Emirates offer special fairs for A380

By The Nation May 20, 2009


Emirates is offering promotions for its Dubai-Bangkok route to mark the world's first Airbus A380 operation to Bangkok.


Until June 20, economy-class fare to Dubai is Bt11,155 while the business class fare at Bt27,645. For those travelling onward to the USA (New York, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles), the fares start from Bt36,830. The promotion is valid for travel by June 30. The special fares are available only to online booking at www.emirates.com/th.


Khalid Bardan, Emirates' Area Manager Thailand and Indochina, said "Dubai is a very popular destination for Thai business and leisure travellers. What better way to travel to this popular hotspot than on Emirates' new A380 which has received glowing reviews from global media and trade circles. I am confident our A380 celebratory offers will be enthusiastically welcomed by Thai travellers."
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Old May 21st, 2009, 05:53 AM   #1367
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Air Force One A380 555+
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Old May 21st, 2009, 07:31 AM   #1368
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The last one will NEVER happen, but Airbus is free to dream.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 09:05 AM   #1369
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The last one will NEVER happen, but Airbus is free to dream.
Haha.....I agree 100%. It would be a shame to use the A380 over a 747 to carry the U.S. president around.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 09:18 AM   #1370
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plus the 747 looks far more elegant and better suited to carry a head of state.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 12:01 PM   #1371
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this is not a section of the A380...it is way too small(look at the size of the man in comparison to the section) and besides all those windows look like decals..if anything it is a setion of a smaller aircraft disguised as an A380 or it is most likely to be the model of the A380 which is sitting outside london heathrow terminal 3. from my knowledge, sections of the A380 are to big to be transported by plane
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Old May 21st, 2009, 02:30 PM   #1372
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good observation, there is no way that section is destines for a real a380
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Old May 21st, 2009, 04:44 PM   #1373
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the THAI A380 livery is stunning...
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Old May 21st, 2009, 06:17 PM   #1374
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Great pics

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Do you have any Thai airways A380's seat map?? I would like to see what seat map looks like. how many seats??
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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:52 PM   #1375
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Thai Airways opting for simpler A380 design

(Bangkok Post - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- SGPJF | charts | news | PowerRating -- There won't be any luxurious private suites with real beds and huge flat-screen televisions or bench-sized business-class seats on Thai Airways International's future Airbus A380 megajetUnlike its archrival Singapore Airlines (SIA), which has extravagantly fitted its first gigantic double-decker aircraft and upgraded inflight offerings, THAI is adopting a more tame approach for its fleet of six A380s.
"We have a different positioning from SIA. Ours is based on an operating philosophy that largely maximises on the bottom line economics; the plane's ability to generate revenue,"said Pandit Chanapai, who assumed the post of executive vice-president in charge of commercial affairs at THAI on Oct 1.

While SIA is capitalising on the novelty of the superjumbo as a premium product to herald "a new chapter in the history of aviation," the Thai national carrier will merely use its mammoth jets to replace its retiring Boeing 747 jumbos.

THAI's decision to buy the world's largest civil aircraft reflects a strategy based on passenger profiles, revenue earnings and a realistic view of the market, says the company.

"The bulk of our passengers are tourists (who do not travel on first and business class)," Mr Pandit said in an interview. Economy-class passengers contribute about 80 percent of THAI's revenues, which are expected to reach 168 billion baht for the year ending on Sept 30, he said.

"Space and weight taken up by the suites and business-class seats in an aircraft could well be utilised for the money-spinning economy class in our case," he told the Bangkok Post.

At a price tag of about US$300 million for each A380, THAI needs to be extremely cautious on how to utilise these aircraft to ensure that they provide a good return on investment, he added.

THAI's A380s are scheduled to be delivered to the airline in two batches of three aircraft in October 2010 and June 2011, 18 months behind schedule due to production problems at the European plane maker, Airbus.

THAI is adopting a more standard configuration, a three-class layout with first, business and economy sections in common with those in THAI's existing aircraft. Inflight amenities will be on par with those offered by most airlines at the launch dates.

Tentatively, each of THAI's A380s would be designed to carry 500 passengers, compared to 471 on SIA's first A380, which made its maiden flight from Singapore to Sydney last Thursday.

An A380 could accommodate up to 853 passengers in an all-economy configuration. The upper deck of THAI's A380 caters to premium passengers, with 14 first-class seats in the front section and up to 68 business-class seats behind. The 418 economy-class seats would occupy the entire lower deck.

"Our A380 concept is zeroing in on our hallmark -- passenger comfort and services with the touch of Thai-ness, without being too lavish," Mr Pandit said.

The first- and business-class seats on THAI's A380s can be turned into flat beds. By comparison, each of SIA's suites on its A380, enclosed by sliding doors, is fitted with a leather-upholstered seat, a table, a 23" flat-screen TV, laptop connections and a range of office software.

A separate bed folds up into the wall. Two of the suites can be joined to provide double beds with sheets by the French designer Givenchy.

On the upper deck of SIA's A380, the business-class seats can be turned into wide flat beds. There is also a bar area for business-class passengers. The economy class area on both decks boasts more leg and knee room.

While the basic principles on the configuration and interior fitting have largely been agreed on, THAI would have to decide on the details over the next three to six months, said Mr Pandit.

What is definite is that all the airline's A380s would be flying on lucrative long-haul intercontinental routes, from Bangkok to London, Frankfurt and Paris. These routes are currently served by Boeing 737-400s.

"We still have time to fine-tune our A380 strategy," Mr Pandit said.

Ticket prices on THAI's A380s could be higher than on other aircraft that fly the same routes as part of the company's production differentiation plan. An economy class seat on the A380 could cost 5-8 percent more than the standard rate, he said.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 09:11 PM   #1376
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 05:12 PM   #1379
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 05:29 PM   #1380
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Don't think the USA would use the A380 as Airforce One.......they would stick with Boeing!
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