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Old June 9th, 2009, 10:24 AM   #1421
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the airbus a380 looks great but the 747 jumbo does have a special sex appeal
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Old June 9th, 2009, 11:15 AM   #1422
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the airbus a380 looks great but the 747 jumbo does have a special sex appeal
Ya the 747 looks like a D**K
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Old June 11th, 2009, 01:01 PM   #1423
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SIA to use superjumbo to HK

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SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) said on Thursday it will start using the Airbus A380 superjumbo on its Hong Kong route starting next month.
SIA, which operates five daily non-stop flights between Singapore and Hong Kong, said the A380 will replace an existing Boeing B777-300ER service.

SIA, the launch customer for the superjumbo, currently flies the world's biggest passenger plane from Singapore to Sydney, London, Tokyo and Paris.

The giant plane can carry up to 853 passengers but SIA has chosen a setup with a maximum 471 seats.

SIA currently has eight A380s in operation, while it also has a firm order for another 11 and options for six more, the carrier said. -- AFP
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Old June 11th, 2009, 02:46 PM   #1424
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SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) said on Thursday it will start using the Airbus A380 superjumbo on its Hong Kong route starting next month.
SIA, which operates five daily non-stop flights between Singapore and Hong Kong, said the A380 will replace an existing Boeing B777-300ER service.

SIA, the launch customer for the superjumbo, currently flies the world's biggest passenger plane from Singapore to Sydney, London, Tokyo and Paris.

The giant plane can carry up to 853 passengers but SIA has chosen a setup with a maximum 471 seats.

SIA currently has eight A380s in operation, while it also has a firm order for another 11 and options for six more, the carrier said. -- AFP
This is good news since most of my holiday destination seems to be Hong Kong. I want to try A380 soon!
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Old June 13th, 2009, 09:29 AM   #1425
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Thai Airways May Cancel A380 Superjumbo Order

BANGKOK (AP): Thai Airways International Ltd. is reviewing its order for six Airbus A380s as the slump in global travel undermines the profitability of flying the superjumbo.

The airline, which lost 21.4 billion baht ($625 million) in 2008, has the aircraft slated for delivery in 2010 and the following year. It would use them for direct flights from Bangkok to London, Sydney and Tokyo, and possibly Frankfurt and Paris.

"We are taking a hard look at our options - whether we want to have the A380s, whether they are affordable in the current economic downturn," head of investor relations Raj Tanta-Nanta said Tuesday.

Thai Airways has also been hit by a slump in Thai tourism following anti-government riots in Bangkok in April and other protesters shutting the capital's two airports for a week late last year.

The review of the airline's fleet plan should be completed by the end of this month but any board decision to cancel the order would need approval from the Ministry of Finance, which owns 51 percent of Thai Airways.

Raj said canceling the order - which at sticker prices is worth nearly $2 billion - would relieve financial pressure on the airline but could hurt its competitiveness in the longer-term.

He said the plane would need to have 80 percent of seats filled to be profitable, which is difficult while the world economy is in a slump.

Thai Airways Chairman Wallop Bhukkanasut in a Bangkok Post report Tuesday said it "does not make economic sense" for the A380 to be part of the carrier's fleet.

"My immediate preoccupation is to enable Thai to survive the current storm and later to sustain the airline," he said.

The world's airlines will collectively lose $9 billion this year - nearly double the previous projections - and face a slow recovery as the economic crisis saps air travel and cargo demand, according to the International Air Transport Association.

The superjumbo has been in service since Singapore Airlines took delivery of the first of the double-decker A380 planes in late 2007.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 03:53 PM   #1426
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SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) said on Thursday it will start using the Airbus A380 superjumbo on its Hong Kong route starting next month.
SIA, which operates five daily non-stop flights between Singapore and Hong Kong, said the A380 will replace an existing Boeing B777-300ER service.

SIA, the launch customer for the superjumbo, currently flies the world's biggest passenger plane from Singapore to Sydney, London, Tokyo and Paris.

The giant plane can carry up to 853 passengers but SIA has chosen a setup with a maximum 471 seats.

SIA currently has eight A380s in operation, while it also has a firm order for another 11 and options for six more, the carrier said. -- AFP
Singapore Airlines... I KISS YOU!

Having flown A380 from LHR->SIN (and it was the inaugural flight... completely by accident!)... this is by far the most comfy plane for long haul for me. Being able to use it from my home airport is IMO way overdue, but glad to see it is finally coming!

The gauntlet has been thrown down Cathay Pacific... are you going for those ~85m long A380-900's?
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Old June 13th, 2009, 04:10 PM   #1427
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Airbus A380 deployed on flights to Hong Kong

Singapore Airlines will deploy the Airbus A380 on flights to Hong Kong from Singapore on 9 July, it has been announced.

The superjumbo will replace the existing Boeing 777-300 on the route, providing a 10% increase in capacity for people travelling in east Asia.

Hong Kong will be the fifth international city and the second Asian destination that Singapore Airlines serves with the Airbus A380, with the plane currently being used on flights to Sydney, London, Tokyo and Paris.

Huang Cheng Eng, the carrier's vice-president of marketing, said: 'The operation of the A380 to Hong Kong shows our confidence in the demand for both business and leisure travel between Singapore and the famed "pearl of the Orient".

'Hong Kong is a vibrant business hub and at the same time it has much to offer leisure travellers looking for great places to shop, eat and play.'

Emirates also boosted the presence of the A380 in its operations this month, launching new flights to Toronto and Bangkok using the Airbus plane.
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Old June 21st, 2009, 02:43 PM   #1428
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Old June 24th, 2009, 03:17 AM   #1429
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first LH A380 in the final assembly line:



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Old July 1st, 2009, 01:54 AM   #1431
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i think a380 is like a doublized size of a320 family
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Old July 1st, 2009, 06:24 AM   #1432
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AIRSHOW-Engine Alliance wins $240 mln Air Austral A380 deal

PARIS, June 17 (Reuters) - The Engine Alliance has won a deal worth $240 million to supply engines for two Airbus A380 superjumbos ordered by Air Austral, the company said at the Paris Air Show on Wednesday.

Air Austral, based in Saint Denis, in La Reunion, signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus in January to buy two A380s in an all-economy class configuration seating up to 840 passengers to operate between La Reunion and Paris.

The Engine Alliance, a joint venture of General Electric and United Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney, supplies the GP7200 engine to power the A380.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 12:54 AM   #1433
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 04:59 PM   #1435
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WOW I wanna travel in one of those suits!!! I remember when that plane came to my city (Bogota)... every one was like
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Old July 4th, 2009, 08:51 AM   #1436
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BA Cuts Capacity, Delays Aircraft; Cuts CapEx
3 July 2009

LONDON (Dow Jones)--U.K. flag carrier British Airways PLC (BAY.LN) Friday reported another month of annual declines in passenger traffic, forcing the company to reduce summer and winter capacity further, and adding it expects delays in A380 aircraft deliveries and that it plans to shed the equivalent of up to 3,700 jobs this financial year.

The retrenchment will lead to a 20% cut in BA's spending plans this year, to GBP580 million for the financial year to end-March 2010 from an original target of GBP725 million.

The airline said it will reduce capacity from April to October by 3.5%, compared with the planned 2.5%, and will cut its winter schedule by 5%, originally planned as a 4% reduction.

In addition, it said it expects a five-month delay in the delivery of its first six Airbus A380 aircraft, with first delivery still due 2012. The delivery of the remaining six A380s will be delayed by two years, arriving in 2016.

George Stinnes, BA's treasurer and head of investor relations, decline to comment whether it would take a hit on having to renegotiate these deliveries.

But a BA spokeswoman insisted the carrier remains committed to its A380 aircraft.

A spokesman for Airbus in Paris said first delivery of the aircraft to BA remains unchanged and is scheduled for the first half of 2012. He added: "We're in constant contact with all our customers to meet and anticipate their fleet requirements and this is part and parcel of proactively managing the airbus order book."

British Airways also said it will ground its remaining three mainline Boeing 757 aircraft in summer 2010 and a further three Boeing 747-400s in winter 2010.

The carrier is facing a tough time as it tries to position itself efficiently in response to reduced demand for travel during the recession.

Traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs, in June fell 3.8% from a year earlier to 9.93 billion RPKs, with total passenger numbers down 4.9% at 2.9 million. Premium traffic dropped 14.9% on the year, with non-premium traffic off by 1.3%, BA said.

A 1.7% cut in capacity, measured as available seat kilometers, still wasn't enough to satisfy waning demand. BA's passenger load factor, an indicator of how many seats an airline fills with paying passengers, fell 1.8 percentage points to 79.6%.

BA said on an underlying basis both premium and non-premium volumes and seat factors have now been stable for more than three months.

Separately, Ryanair Holding PLC (RYA.DB) said it carried 13% more passengers in June at 5.8 million, compared to the 5.2 million carried last year. Over the rolling 12 months, Ryanair carried a total 60.2 million, the highest number in its history. June load factor was up one percentage point at 85%.

Stinnes said talks with unions will continue, despite the fact the carrier failed to turn up for talks organized by the Unite and GMB worker unions Wednesday. He said both sides remain committed to finding a solution, but declined to comment further on what points the two sides may be at loggerheads over.
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