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Old May 2nd, 2014, 11:40 AM   #1621
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If Qatar launch Sarajevo they would give Turkish Airlines a run for they're money if it's via Istanbul.
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If Qatar launch Sarajevo they would give Turkish Airlines a run for they're money if it's via Istanbul.
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 04:07 AM   #1623
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If Qatar launch Sarajevo they would give Turkish Airlines a run for they're money if it's via Istanbul.
The Turks would never allow that. On top of that, TK serves SJJ with their three daily flights. So get ready for the price dumping and what not.
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 03:18 PM   #1624
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 03:28 PM   #1625
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Emirates makes it clearer than ever: It wants an A380 NEO

It has been widely anticipated for a long time, but Emirates president Tim Clark has given an interview in which it is about as clearly stated as it could be that the giant global carrier wants an even better giant A380.

Late last year the Emirates message was that the engine technology upgrades that will provide much of the additional efficiencies for the forthcoming Boeing 777-X series (for which it indicated it would order 150) had to be applied to the A380, for which it has 47 in service and 93 on order or under commitment.

However it should also be made clear Airbus seems keen to please in its general commentary on the future of the A380, which entered service in 2007 with launch customer Singapore Airlines.

As the Wall Street Journal story confirms to those who have been following these matters, this is all about a very hi-tech engine offering from Rolls-Royce, which will substantially contribute to the cost of NEO or new engine option A380, just as engine making rival GE has been a massive participant in the current and X series Boeing 777s.

But one thing stands out in this interview through its absence. Emirates did not for once mention the obvious capacity of the A380 design to be stretched to offer many more seats within the performance capabilities of its overly generous wing.

The A380 was always intended to be stretched, hence the extraordinary size of its wing. However the word, since a media briefing in Toulouse early last June, has been that adding additional seats to the lower deck of the giant Airbus to make its also generously comfortable 10 across economy seating into 11 across economy seating might (read will) spare the European entity’s stakeholders money in terms of the investment needed to achieve some of the same outcomes.

(Airbus says the seats in the 11 abreast A380 will continue to be wide and comfortable but it does seem that bringing your elbows into this cabin could be a problem. The truth about new and current airliner design upgrades is that generosity and amenity is dead, the carriers have spoken, and you will get jammed into whatever the airlines choose to buy to the point where after a few hours you will drop into a coma.)

There is room for an interesting speculation that has already surfaced in some circles that the NEO A380 with 11 across main cabin seating will clear a space for a very high capacity giant twin engined double decker jet from Airbus for the middle of the next decade.

This is said to be intended to follow the 777-X by three or four years for its availability for carriers who would by then already be using terminal gates that efficiently handle 380s, 777-Xs and 747s. The operational target for this rumoured Airbus design would be services supporting 700 seats in two class formats but which would not require the endurance of 16 hours or more now flown by long range jets including the recently introduced 575 tonne version of the A380 that Emirates used to replace current version 777s between Dubai and Los Angeles.

Don’t expect to hear anything official about such a project straight away. Neither Airbus nor Boeing have the resources for more than one large all new jet at a time, but each company has a future vision into which their currently announced products fit into a bigger scheme of things that includes unannounced potential projects.

What an A380 NEO and a parallel 777-X tell us is that two high capacity airliner families are going to be around for quite some time, each leveraging new materials and engine technologies to the hilt, while the airlines stuff them to the proverbial ceilings with as many seats as can pass the emergency evacuation tests.

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/planetalk...s-an-a380-neo/
A380 really is old-tech. Terribly inefficient old-generation needlessly large metal wings with old engines in a non-optimally sized metal fuselage.

A stretched -900 NEO with new composite wings and new-generation aluminum fuselage would be insanely more efficient than this dinosaur and would be able to hold its own against newer jets (-X). However, just how many would they be able to sell anyway?

And a double-decker twin in the future? Now I'd love to see that monster's engines up close.
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Old May 4th, 2014, 12:50 PM   #1628
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Etihad launches luxury A380 residences in the sky

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Etihad Airways has unveiled new luxury living space which will be made available on its A380 aircraft and will include a living room, separate double bedroom and ensuite shower room and use of a personal butler trained by the Savoy Butler Academy in London.

Branded as The Residence by Etihad and located on the upper deck of the Airbus superjumbo, the private cabins will accommodate up to two people and are described as “the world’s most luxurious living space in the air”.

The announcement is part of the newly unveiled luxury interiors on board the fleet’s A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The A380 will also feature the First Apartments, which are private suites with a separate reclining lounge seat and full-length bed, as well as a chilled mini-bar, personal vanity unit and wardrobe.

The Dreamliner 787 will include the newly designed First Suite, which also includes new features such as a chilled mini-bar.

Both aircraft models will also include the Business Studio and Economy Smart Seat, which will feature the latest Panasonic eX3 entertainment system with more than 750 hours of entertainment and noise cancelling headsets.

The Abu Dhabi carrier has 10 A380s aircraft on order, with the first set to go into operation on December 27 this year. The inaugural flight to London will contain 498 seats and the aircraft will be rolled out onto the New York, Melbourne and Sydney routes in due course.

Each A380 will contain two 125 square foot residences, nine First Apartments and 70 Business Studios. The The Residence by Etihad living spaces will be targeted at private jet customers and will be priced from $20,000 each way between Abu Dhabi and London.

Each Etihad A380 aircraft will also feature full mobile and Wi-Fi service, while the B787 will be equipped with Wi-Fi.

The Lobby, a serviced lounge and bar area located between the First and Business cabins of the A380 and will include a semi-circular leather sofa, a marquetry table and a large TV screen.

For Muslim passengers, Etihad also announced it will be installing prayer areas which can be curtained off for privacy and are equipped with a real-time electronic Qibla-finder showing the exact direction of Makkah based on the aircraft’s geographical position.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and CEO said: “We wanted to create the perfect flight... These new living spaces will raise inflight product and service standards to their highest level yet in commercial aviation and alter air travellers’ expectations of inflight comfort and luxury forever."

The new features were the result of a collaboration between the Etihad Design Consortium (EDC) and the Promise Communispace agency.
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Old May 4th, 2014, 03:40 PM   #1629
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ETIHAD to Start A380 Service from late-Dec 2014

ETIHAD today (04MAY14) announced the new in-flight product for its new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft. This coincides the opening of reservation for the A380 flight, which is scheduled to enter service on 27DEC14, on Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow route.

EY011 AUH0235 – 0635LHR 388 D
EY012 LHR0915 – 2005AUH 388 D

The A380 features 2 Residence, 9 First Apartment (1-1 layout in Upper Deck), 70 Business Studio (Staggered 1-2-1 in Upper Deck) and 417 Economy Smart Seats (3-4-3 in Lower Deck).
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Old May 4th, 2014, 03:45 PM   #1630
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Etihad opened reservations for its planned 787-9 operation, which is due to start from December 2014.

Abu Dhabi - Dusseldorf: from December 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014 (replaces A330-200)
EY023 AUH0220 - 0635DUS
EY024 DUS1020 - 1950AUH

Abu Dhabi - Mumbai: from January 1, 2015 (replaces A340-600)
EY206 AUH2205 - 0305+1BOM
EY205 BOM0430 - 0630AUH

Abu Dhabi - Washington Dulles: from January 1, 2015 (replaces A340-500)
EY131 AUH1100 - 1740IAD
EY132 IAD2130 - 1945+1AUH

The 787-9 will feature 235 seats: 8 First Suite (1-2-1), 28 Business Studio (1-2-1) and 199 Economy Class (3-3-3).
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Old May 4th, 2014, 09:00 PM   #1631
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The Residence, First Class Apartments, First Class Suites, Business Studios, The Lobby & Economy Smart Seat























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Old May 4th, 2014, 09:03 PM   #1632
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On-board the A380 with Etihad Airways

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Old May 4th, 2014, 09:06 PM   #1633
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Dannii Minogue Explores the First Class Apartment - A380 - Etihad Airways

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First Class Apartment -- A380 -- Etihad Airways

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Old May 4th, 2014, 09:19 PM   #1635
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Etihad Airways launches new era of luxury travel with The Residence by Etihad™

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has unveiled the world’s first private multi-room cabin on a commercial passenger aircraft.

The Residence will feature a living room, double bedroom, separate ensuite shower room, and for the first time in the airline industry, a dedicated, trained Butler.

Measuring an unparalleled 125 square feet in total area, The Residence will be located on the forward upper deck of the airline’s new fleet of Airbus A380s and will be available for single or double occupancy.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The Residence will set Etihad Airways apart from the rest of the industry and allow us to provide the complete range of world-class products and services to cater for the individual tastes of every VIP traveller.

“This is the culmination of five years of intensive effort and research into how Etihad Airways can provide an unparalleled VIP experience. Without doubt, we are ushering in a new era of luxury travel in commercial aviation.”

Guests staying in The Residence will have a dedicated Butler on call throughout the flight, offering the type of discrete personal service and attention to detail found in the world’s most exclusive hotels.

These hospitality professionals have been selected by Etihad Airways and are undergoing specialist training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London, part of the world-famous Savoy Hotel.

The Butler’s role is multi-faceted including that of a Concierge and Maitre d’hotel. Their uniform has been designed by Rome-based fashion designer, Ettore Bilotta, to reflect the superior levels of professionalism and style associated with this unique role.

A dedicated VIP Concierge team will ensure all aspects of the experience, including booking luxury limousine transfers, check-in, and custom menu planning, are handled with the utmost discretion.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 05:39 AM   #1636
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#Reimagined -- Wrap Up with Dannii Minogue -- Etihad Airways

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#Reimagined - Dannii Minogue Interviews James Hogan - Etihad Airways

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Interesting to see Etihad going to forward/backward layout with both First class and Business class, though it seems like they are really doing a good job of maximizing space per seat up front. Sort of like what British Airways ought to be doing, this looks great (for those with serious $$$) maybe the best looking business class and almost certainly the best first class to date.
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Gulf Airlines Raise the Stakes in Luxury

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...41673159422600

"It's all about privacy," Emirates President Tim Clark said in an interview. "Our new bedroom concept will take it to the next level."

Emirates, the biggest operator of Airbus Group NV's A380 superjumbo and the largest customer of Boeing Co. BA +1.55% 's new long-range 777X jet, is in the advanced stages of launching bedrooms that will likely feature on both sets of aircraft and include room service. The Dubai-based airline already has 1,562 private podlike structures it calls "suites" on its fleet of 218 aircraft.

Emirates wouldn't disclose the price it will charge for its bedrooms. But a return ticket on a New York to Dubai flight retails for around $26,000 in one of the suites, which cost around $500,000 each to produce—roughly the same as the price of a studio flat in downtown Manhattan.
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Gulf Airlines Raise the Stakes in Luxury

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...41673159422600

"It's all about privacy," Emirates President Tim Clark said in an interview. "Our new bedroom concept will take it to the next level."

Emirates, the biggest operator of Airbus Group NV's A380 superjumbo and the largest customer of Boeing Co. BA +1.55% 's new long-range 777X jet, is in the advanced stages of launching bedrooms that will likely feature on both sets of aircraft and include room service. The Dubai-based airline already has 1,562 private podlike structures it calls "suites" on its fleet of 218 aircraft.

Emirates wouldn't disclose the price it will charge for its bedrooms. But a return ticket on a New York to Dubai flight retails for around $26,000 in one of the suites, which cost around $500,000 each to produce—roughly the same as the price of a studio flat in downtown Manhattan.



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