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Old May 5th, 2010, 03:17 PM   #1681
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apparently after johannesburg lufthansa's first A380 is going to fly to berlin to the ILA berlin air show (a second A380 from emirates will also be there), before starting the regular service between frankfurt and tokyo narita on june 11. it would be a waste if it would return empty ...


re changi-pic: singapore is a heaven for A380 fans.
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Old May 6th, 2010, 06:45 AM   #1682
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Old May 6th, 2010, 12:15 PM   #1683
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Old May 6th, 2010, 12:35 PM   #1684
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Airbus' superjumbo jet really isn't taking off

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Published: 5/5/2010 2:27 AM
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Five years after the first test flight, the 525-seat jet is more than 200 units short of making the program profitable. Only one new airline customer signed up for the plane since commercial operations began in 2007. Deliveries slowed to 10 A380s in 2009, from 12 a year earlier.

The muted response for the Airbus flagship, with just 202 orders since the jet went on offer a decade ago, contrasts with a boom in global aircraft orders and sales that led airlines to sign up for more than 3,000 wide-body planes in the same period. Airbus says it is years from making money with the A380, which cost more than $24 billion to challenge Boeing Co.'s decades-long grip on the market for long-haul jets.

"There's only a handful of routes you can use the A380 on, and if traffic drops on that route you're stuck," said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of Teal Group, an aerospace analysis company. "The A380 is best regarded as a $25 billion write-off and an act of industrial irresponsibility."

Company officials beg to differ.

Louis Gallois, who leads EADS today, said the A380 is a "winner," and the more than 200 planes sold so far are a success, according to a May 4 interview with Bild-Zeitung.

"Its size is the only right answer to the congestion at the overflowing airports around the world," Gallois told the newspaper.

Building the plane cost 50 percent more than Airbus had originally earmarked, as software glitches led to production breakdowns. The delays later stretched to 2 1/2 years. This year, Airbus aims to double deliveries to 20 planes, a goal the manufacturer itself has called "aggressive."

Deutsche Lufthansa AG gets its first A380 this month, the second European airline after Air France to operate the jet. Singapore Airlines has ordered 25 A380s, and Emirates Airline signed for 58. The list price for an A380 is $327 million.
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Old May 7th, 2010, 03:10 AM   #1685
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Airbus survived after a380 program just because high demand on a320
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Old May 7th, 2010, 07:02 AM   #1686
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Old May 9th, 2010, 09:11 AM   #1687
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Airbus superjumbo 'a $25b write-off'

By Andrea Rothman

Five years after its first test flight, the Airbus A380 superjumbo remains more than 200 units short of making the programme profitable.

Only one new airline customer has signed up for the 525-seat jet since commercial operations began in 2007. Deliveries slowed to 10 A380s in 2009, from 12 a year earlier, as Airbus struggled to ramp up production of the world's largest passenger plane.

The muted response for the flagship, with just 202 orders in a decade, contrasts with a boom in global aircraft orders and sales that led airlines to sign up for more than 3000 wide-body planes in the same period.

Airbus says it is years from making money with the A380, which cost more than €18 billion ($32 billion) to challenge Boeing's decades-long grip on the market for long-haul jets. "There's only a handful of routes you can use the A380 on, and if traffic drops on that route you're stuck," said Richard Aboulafia, of Teal Group, an aerospace analysis company.

"The A380 is best regarded as a US$25 billion write-off and an act of industrial irresponsibility."

The superjumbo idea was championed in the 1990s by former Airbus chief executive Jean Pierson.

His successor, Noel Forgeard, pursued the plane with backing from Daimler and Lagardere, the two largest shareholders of Airbus parent European Aeronautic, Defence and Space. Forgeard was fired in 2006 after a six-month delay on the A380 construction. Louis Gallois, who leads EADS, said the A380 was a "winner", and the more than 200 planes sold so far are a success, according to an interview with Bild-Zeitung. "Its size is the only right answer to the congestion at the overflowing airports around the world," Gallois said.

Building the plane cost 50 per cent more than Airbus had earmarked, as software glitches led to production breakdowns. The delays later stretched to 2 years. This year, Airbus aims to double deliveries to 20 planes.

Deutsche Lufthansa gets its first A380 this month, the second European airline after Air France to operate one. Singapore Airlines has ordered 25 A380s, and Emirates Airline signed for 58. The list price for an A380 is $327 million, though early clients get discounts.

The manufacturer markets the A380 as more fuel-efficient, allowing airlines to alleviate congestion to major airports and on busy routes. Airlines operating the A380 say it's a crowd pleaser, with on-board perks such as first-class cabins and cocktail bars. "Our first-class suite optimises beautifully on the main deck, and our business class optimises perfectly for the upper deck and gives us things a single-floor aircraft would have to compromise," said Lyell Strambi, group executive of operations at Sydney-based Qantas Airways, which has six A380s in service, and plans for 14 more.
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Old May 10th, 2010, 07:18 PM   #1689
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Air France considers Paris-London A380 service
By David Kaminski-Morrow | Flightglobal.com

Air France is considering deploying Airbus A380 aircraft on the short route between Paris and London Heathrow.

The airline has three of the type, which are serving New York JFK and Johannesburg. But a spokeswoman for the airline says that the carrier is looking at other options to exploit the capacity and, while the plan has not been firmed, it is not ruling out putting the 538-seat jet on the route.

While not giving full details of the reasoning behind the potential deployment, which could occur "in the next few weeks", she indicates that pilot training and a desire to maximise the use of the aircraft are among the considerations. She adds that Paris-London is a busy route and other carriers have shown that they can justify large-capacity aircraft on relatively short, high-density sectors.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 04:56 PM   #1691
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Old May 12th, 2010, 04:37 AM   #1692
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veeery nice
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Old May 12th, 2010, 10:59 AM   #1693
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Air France – the first European operator of the type – has rolled out the airplane in its new livery on the 9th of July. This airplane is scheduled to enter service in November on a daily Paris Charles de Gaulle – New York JFK service. It is interesting that Emirates had operated the A380 to New York JFK before, but has since withdrawn the aircraft from the route. The French A380 will be configured for 538 passengers in a three-cabin layout with 80 business and 106 economy seats on the upper deck and nine first class and 343 economy seats on the main deck. That compares with 450 seats on Qantas A380s, 471 on Singapore Airlines and 489 on Emirates. CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said in a recent conversation in Paris to Airwise News that Air France’s A380s would not be equipped with special luxury features specifically designed for the double-deck aircraft like spas or spacious premium suites. “It’s an aircraft, an aircraft offering high-density seating and thus offering lower unit costs,” he said. “We will use it as such.” AirFrance will be the first European airline to operate the A380 and the first to use it on transatlantic flights between Europe and the US. It has 12 on order, four of which will start operating this winter and next spring.

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Can I buy this model?
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Wow you do some amazing pic updates Oasis-bangkok, thanks for all that! Ahhh to fly the A380 one day .....preferably in a first class suite!
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None. This one is a test interior Airbus used during A380 testing.
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