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  • Airbus’s Flagship Plane May Be Too Big To Be Profitable (A380 ‘Super-Jumbo’)

    12/28/2014 9:50:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Manchester Guardian via Business Insider ^ | Dec. 28, 2014, 10:38 AM | Karl West
    Tom Enders stared at the phone on his desk as it began to ring. The Airbus boss had been expecting a call to his office in Toulouse. It was Tim Clark, chief executive of Dubai-based airline Emirates, the biggest buyer of the planemaker’s A380 “superjumbo”. Clark was angry. He wanted to know why Airbus finance director Harald Wilhelm had just raised the prospect of the death of the A380. The aircraft cost $25 billion (Ł16 billion) to develop, but it has struggled to chalk up the large orders Airbus had envisioned, at $440 million each. So far, it has just...
  • A hero's stress fracture (pilot who saved hundreds after Airbus explosion)

    07/21/2012 10:50:19 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 22nd July 2012 | Jennifer Sexton
    The pilot who saved the lives of hundreds on a crippled jet should have felt elated but, as he tells Jennifer Sexton, he descended into grief and self-doubt in the months that followed Richard Champion de Crespigny was about to turn off the Airbus's seatbelt sign on the climb out of Singapore when engine two on QF32 blew up like a cluster bomb. In his hands were the lives of 469 Sydney-bound passengers and crew. The former RAAF pilot of 35 years' experience then captained a four-hour nightmare on board a catastrophically damaged Qantas plane. The 55-year-old not only brought...
  • More cracks found in Airbus A380 wings (and EADS insists they're still safe to fly)

    01/19/2012 12:35:15 PM PST · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2012 | Tim Hepher, Cyril Altmeyer, Harry Suhartono
    Airbus said on Thursday it had discovered more cracks in the wings of A380 superjumbo aircraft but insisted the world's largest jetliner remained safe to fly. The announcement comes two weeks after tiny cracks were first reported in the wings of the 525-seat, double-decker aircraft, which entered service just over four years ago. Airbus said it was in talks with the European safety agency, EASA. "Additional cracks have been found and we are working closely on this issue with EASA," an Airbus spokesman said. "They do not affect safe operation of the aircraft.
  • World's biggest super-jumbos must be GROUNDED, say engineers

    01/09/2012 8:16:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies · 1+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 9, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Australian aircraft engineers have called for Airbus A380 - the world's biggest passenger aircraft - to be grounded, after Singapore Airlines and Qantas found cracks in the wings of their super-jumbos. 'We can't continue to gamble with people's lives and allow those aircraft to fly around and hope that they make it until their four-yearly inspection,' said Steve Purvinas, secretary of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association.
  • Holy Cow Update: Video Captures Shock Collision of Jets on JFK Runway

    04/11/2011 11:58:39 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 36 replies
    Yikes!
  • Qantas time bomb, first account from flight crew of Singapore A380 superjumbo incident

    12/10/2010 3:08:01 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies · 3+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 11th December 2010 | Geoff Easdown
    <p>FEARS of jet fuel gushing from ruptured tanks gripped the pilots of the crippled Qantas A380 superjumbo after the emergency landing in Singapore last month.</p> <p>In the first account by a member of the flight crew, senior Qantas check-captain David Evans reveals the most dangerous period during the three-hour drama was during the 50 minutes it took to offload the 469 passengers and crew, reported the Herald Sun.</p>
  • Crew saved crippled Qantas A380 from disaster

    12/03/2010 5:42:43 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 28 replies · 3+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 4th December 2010 | Steve Creedy
    THE crew of a crippled Qantas airliner averted disaster last month. As the crew of Flight QF32 began to reconfigure the damaged A380 aircraft for landing in Singapore, they were bringing in the superjumbo without many of the systems they took for granted and with only one engine functioning normally. Only the No 3 engine had reverse thrust, no leading edge slats were available, there was limited aileron and spoiler control and anti-skid braking was restricted, an Australian Transport Safety Bureau report said yesterday. The nose wheel steering was limited and the pilots knew the nose was likely to pitch...
  • 'Unprecedented' number of failures on ill-fated Qantas A380 flight

    11/19/2010 3:28:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th November 2010 | Kate Schneider
    NEW details have emerged revealing just how close Qantas flight QF32 came to disaster earlier this month. Turbine fragments flew out of the plane’s engine when it exploded in mid-air, severing cables in the wing, narrowly missing the fuel tank and taking out flight control systems during the November 4 incident, according to a preliminary report by Airbus. The pilots were forced to deal with an "unprecedented" number of issues during the two-hour ordeal, Vice President of the Australian and International Pilots Association, Richard Woodward, said. “The amount of failures is unprecedented,'' Mr Woodward, a Qantas A380 pilot who has...
  • Rolls Outlines Trent 900 Modification Plan

    11/13/2010 7:24:55 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 8 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 12 November 2010 | Max Kingsley-Jones
    Rolls Outlines Trent 900 Modification Plan By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.com LONDON Rolls-Royce says that last week’s uncontained failure of a Trent 900 on a Qantas Airbus A380 was caused by the malfunction of “a specific component” in the turbine area, which will be addressed by a modification programme across the fleet. Meanwhile Airbus boss Tom Enders has warned that the problem may impact A380 deliveries this year and next. Rolls says that the investigation and Trent 900 engine inspections launched in the wake of the QF32 incident on Nov. 4 has led it to draw two key conclusions. It confirms...
  • Qantas to keep A380s grounded indefinitely as report reveals details on suspected fault

    11/10/2010 10:15:54 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 11th November 2010 | Geoff Easdown
    INVESTIGATORS probing the A380 engine saga found an oil fire may have led to the mid-air engine explosion last week that seriously damaged a Qantas jet, the Herald Sun reported today. Details of what is believed to have occurred were revealed in an emergency directive by the European Aviation Safety Authority to all airlines which bought super jumbos fitted with the now suspect Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine. Singapore Airlines and German carrier Lufthansa are the only other airlines flying Rolls-Royce powered superjumbos. In today's directive, the European safety regulator said that a preliminary study indicated an oil fire may have...
  • Post Engine Rolls Royce Explosion, Qantas Airways Grounds Airbus A380s

    11/08/2010 3:35:33 AM PST · by Srirangan · 21 replies
    Australia's Qantas Airways has grounded its A380 fleet for at least another three days as it investigates oil leaks as a possible cause of the explosion which tore apart one of the super jumbo's engines last week. Qantas shares fell as its reputation as one of the world's safest airlines came under the spotlight and investors started counting the financial cost of grounding aircraft and compensating passengers.
  • Qantas jumbo makes emergency landing in Singapore

    11/04/2010 5:43:55 AM PDT · by stefanbatory · 37 replies · 10+ views
    Yahoo! news/AP ^ | 11-4-10 | By JULIA ZAPPEI, Associated Press
    Qantas grounded its Airbus A380 fleet after one of the superjumbo jets blew out an engine Thursday, shooting flames and raining large metal chunks before making a safe emergency landing in Singapore with 459 people aboard.
  • Singapore-bound Qantas flight near Indonesia's Batam Island: [No crash]

    11/03/2010 8:29:48 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 95 replies
    Only a headline so far.
  • US firm may cancel Airbus orders

    06/09/2009 10:11:29 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 46 replies · 3,030+ views
    BERLIN, June 8 - The US aircraft leasing company ILFC may cancel its orders for 10 Airbus A380 superjumbo jets because clients' interest in the huge plane has waned, its boss said in comments published on Monday. "We are asking ourselves if we are really going to take delivery of the 10 planes" on order, Steven Udvar-Hazy told the the business weekly Wirtschaftswoche in comments published in its online edition. A cancellation would be the first for the A380, the world's largest passenger jet. "We can cancel our order without penalty between January and June 2009, but we might...
  • Government vanity projects … Glory to the leader, misery for you and me.

    05/26/2009 5:13:00 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 204+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | May 26, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    The world is littered with vanity projects intended more to glorify the government in power than serve the needs of its citizens. The extravagant waste by the Chinese government, spending tens of billions of dollars in Shanghai for last year’s Olympics, is a prime example of this. Now many of the gleaming new office buildings stand nearly vacant and many of the Olympic structures ill suited for further use. But worse than where the money was spent, is where it wasn’t. Three months before the Olympics in Sichuan...
  • Stormy Skies.Emirates Slams Airbus over A380 Defects

    04/01/2009 6:15:10 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 1 replies · 453+ views
    Spiegel online ^ | 03/16/2009 | Dinah Deckstein
    Emirates has presented Airbus with a damning list of defects in the new A380 super-jumbo jet. The airline, which has ordered 58 of the aircraft, warns of a possible "loss of confidence" in the giant plane.
  • Emirates Slams Airbus over A380 Defects

    03/17/2009 7:20:54 PM PDT · by tlb · 45 replies · 6,110+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 03/16/2009 | Dinah Deckstein
    Emirates has presented Airbus with a damning list of defects in the new A380 super-jumbo jet. The airline, which has ordered 58 of the aircraft, warns of a possible "loss of confidence" in the giant plane. In a 46-slide presentation, the aviation experts painstakingly listed what they viewed as the giant jet's serious growing pains. To illustrate their points, they included snapshots of singed power cables, partially torn-off sections of paneling and defective parts of thrust nozzles in the engines as evidence of what they described as a shoddy work ethic at Airbus and its suppliers. The confidential manufacturer's information...
  • Airbus to help Emirates pilots sleep after crews find A380 'too quiet

    12/04/2008 6:13:16 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 27 replies · 1,775+ views
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 03/12/2008 | Murdo Morrison
    Weary Emirates Airbus A380 pilots are complaining that they cannot sleep in their crew-rest area in the aft main cabin because the aircraft is too quiet. The pilots say that the lack of engine noise in the A380's cabin compared with other long-haul airliners means they are constantly disturbed by sounds created by passengers, such as crying babies, flushing vacuum toilets and call bells. Passengers also mistake the rest area for a lavatory, and pull the door handle. The Dubai-based carrier has asked Airbus for a solution that does not involve substantially adding weight, which rules out insulating the walls...
  • Emirates airline to launch first service to US with A380

    06/09/2008 8:38:07 PM PDT · by mowowie · 14 replies · 125+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Jun 9 02:00 PM US/Eastern | AFP
    Emirates airline said Monday it would launch nonstop service between Dubai and New York on August 1, the first service to the United States with the new Airbus A380 superjumbo. "The United States represent a key focus area in Emirates' route development plans, and we are delighted to be the first airline to launch commercial A380 services to the continent," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of the largest airline in the Middle East. "We are confident that Emirates' customers traveling to and from North America will welcome the A380's additional space and capacity, as well...
  • Younger Fleets Boost Non-U.S. Airlines

    06/03/2008 2:38:18 AM PDT · by MHalblaub · 12 replies · 190+ views
    BusinessWeek ^ | June 2, 2008 | Carol Matlack
    The aging planes of United, American, and Delta guzzle more gas and make the U.S. carriers more vulnerable to soaring oil prices—and to their global competitors For a look at one of the biggest headaches facing U.S. airlines, head out to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport any day and watch the big jets taking off for the U.S. There goes United Airlines to Chicago, American Airlines to Boston, Delta Air Lines to Atlanta, and Air France to New York's John F. Kennedy airport. What's the big deal? Many of the U.S. carriers' planes are Boeing 767s, a model that dates...
  • Forgeard held in EADS share investigation

    05/29/2008 7:57:35 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 13 replies · 101+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | May 29, 2008 | Adam Sage in Paris
    Noël Forgeard, once the most powerful man in Europe's aerospace industry, suffered a stinging humiliation yesterday as he was detained by police in connection with the insider trading allegations that have rocked EADS, the aerospace and defence giant. Mr Forgeard was summoned for questioning by the Paris police's financial division, where he was told that he would be placed in custody over claims that he used privileged information to earn millions of euros from his stock options in 2006. The move increased fears that EADS's current executives could receive similar treatment. Mr Forgeard, 61, could be put under formal...
  • India's Kingfisher to firm up A380 options: report

    01/15/2008 8:52:16 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 112+ views
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 14/01/08 | Nicholas Ionides
    India's Kingfisher to firm up A380 options: report By Nicholas Ionides India’s Kingfisher Airlines is reportedly planning to firm up its options on five Airbus A380s. Kingfisher chairman and CEO Vijay Mallya is quoted on the website of India’s Mint newspaper as saying that “I am planning to convert the options to confirmed orders”. The carrier in 2005 became the first Indian airline to commit to the A380 when it placed firm orders for five of the ultra-large aircraft and took options on five more. Deliveries are due to begin in 2011. Kingfisher, which launched services in 2005, currently only...
  • Airbus to build stretched A380-900 (900 PAX!)

    11/17/2007 12:26:11 AM PST · by avid · 48 replies · 15,603+ views
    Süddeutsche Zeitung ^ | 2007-11-16 | Jens Flottau
    Der Flugzeughersteller Airbus hält an Plänen für eine noch größere Version des A380 fest. Mit der Entwicklung eines solchen Flugzeuges werde das Unternehmen voraussichtlich aber erst dann beginnen, wenn die Produktion des aktuellen Modelles A380-800 auf 40 Flugzeuge pro Jahr hochgefahren ist, so Verkaufschef John Leahy. Dieses Ziel strebt Airbus für das Jahr 2010 an. Der A380-900 hätte in einer normalen Auslegung Platz für rund 650 Passagiere. Würde man das Flugzeug nur mit Economy-Sitzen ausstatten, würden sogar rund 900 Passagiere mitfliegen können. Der größte A380-Kunde, die Dubaier Fluggesellschaft Emirates, hat schon seit längerem großes Interesse an dem Flugzeug. (...)
  • Saudi prince buys world's first 'Flying Palace' (Airbus A380 "Super-Jumbo")

    11/12/2007 8:12:33 AM PST · by Stoat · 25 replies · 2,436+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | November 12, 2007 | Aislinn Simpson
    Saudi prince buys world's first 'Flying Palace' By Aislinn Simpson  Last Updated: 3:07pm GMT 12/11/2007     A Saudi billionaire has raised the stakes in the rich mens' toys game by investing in the world's first ever "Flying Palace".Rumours have been swirling for some time about who would be the first to sign up for the "VVIP version" of the new double-decker Airbus A380.   Prince Al-Waleed signs on the dotted line to purchase his Airbus 380 at the Dubai air show   Commercial airlines including Singapore Airlines have already taken possession of some of the planes and during last...
  • Sex ban on the Airbus A380

    10/31/2007 7:36:52 AM PDT · by JosephW · 32 replies · 271+ views
    (London) TimesOnline ^ | 10/28/07 | Steve Bleach
    Tony and Julie Elwood booked the first A380 double suite but the journalists clamouring to see inside their room prevented them from beating the sex ban Steve Bleach The A380 may have the world’s first airborne double bed, but it won’t be put to the obvious use if Singapore Airlines has its way: “If couples used our double beds to engage in inappropriate activity, we would politely ask them to desist,” said the company’s Stephen Forshaw. “There are things that are acceptable on an aircraft and things that aren’t, and the rules for behaviour in our double beds are the...
  • No Sex, Please: We're on Singapore Airlines

    10/30/2007 7:54:49 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 53 replies · 139+ views
    jaunted.com ^ | 10/30/2007 at 9:20 AM | amandak
    The new Airbus A380 proudly flown by Singapore Airlines last week is a huge aircraft with plenty of room for all kinds of activities. Except one: sex. If you're thinking of booking the world's first flying double bed, you'll first need a lot of money. And second of all, no desire to have sex. Singapore Airlines has said that if couples using the double suites "engage in inappropriate activity," they'll be politely asked to stop. One of the first couples to fly in the suite thought this seemed a bit unfair since the flight attendants kept bringing champagne. We agree...
  • What was it like to fly on the A380?

    10/30/2007 6:12:28 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 148 replies · 198+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 10/25/2007 | Laurence Watts
    As my taxi pulled up at Changi airport, I knew this was going to be a special day - the day of the first A380 commercial flight was finally here. The airport had long been adorned with banners and posters declaring Singapore "A380 ready" and anticipating the flight.
  • Airbus, nearly 2 years late, delivers superjumbo complete with double beds

    10/15/2007 4:47:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 246+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/15/07 | Emma Vandore - ap
    TOULOUSE, France – Nearly two years late, Airbus finally delivered its first A380 superjumbo on Monday, a revolutionary behemoth that includes luxury suites equipped with comfy double beds. Customer Singapore Airlines says the passenger jet, the world's largest, was worth the wait, and the delivery marks a badly needed morale-boosting milestone for Airbus. Singapore Airlines Chief Executive Chew Choon Seng said his airline was inconvenienced by the late delivery, but added, “We are glad that Airbus took the time to make sure that the plane is fully tested and developed before it enters commercial service.” For Airbus, big challenges with...
  • Better late than never? Airbus set to deliver 1st A380 superjumbo Monday

    10/14/2007 11:20:55 AM PDT · by Republicain · 22 replies · 135+ views
    PARIS - After repeated, embarrassing delays, Airbus will deliver its first A380 superjumbo jet Monday - a critical step for the European planemaker in its efforts to rebound from a string of troubles. The double-decker jet, the world's largest passenger plane, is to take off from the southwestern city of Toulouse, Airbus' headquarters, for delivery to Singapore Airlines following a glitzy ceremony including a sound and light show. President and CEO Thomas Enders called the handover "a major milestone for the A380 program" in a statement released by Airbus on Friday. Airbus has gone though five CEOs as multiple delays...
  • World's Largest Passenger Jet Lands In Connecticut [Airbus A380]

    10/02/2007 8:32:45 AM PDT · by CT-Freeper · 48 replies · 5,580+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | October 2, 2007 | STEPHANIE REITZ
    WINDSOR LOCKS - A test model of the world's largest passenger jet landed Tuesday at Bradley International Airport, the first of three stops this week to prepare the aircraft for U.S. service. The Airbus A380, whose engines are assembled by Connecticut-based Pratt & Whitney workers, landed at Bradley around 8:20 a.m. EDT after flying over employees outside Pratt's facilities in East Hartford and Middletown. The 239-foot-long airliner has wings as long as a football field and is powered by four engines. The model seats up to 555 passengers in a three-class configuration, although the plane that landed Tuesday was a...
  • Air India Starts Talks With Boeing, Airbus; Eyes A380

    09/22/2007 11:34:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 632+ views
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | September 21, 2007 | Nitin Luthra
    Air India Starts Talks With Boeing, Airbus; Eyes A380-Sources September 21, 2007: 01:52 AM EST NEW DELHI -(Dow Jones)- State-owned Air India has begun talks with Boeing Co. (BA) and Airbus to buy new planes including the A380 superjumbo, people familiar with the development said Friday. In July, Air India said it plans to buy about 60 new passenger jetliners over the next few years and aims to start the selection and purchase process by mid- August. "The airline is in touch with both Boeing and Airbus on the types of aircraft available and what will be required in the...
  • Emirates plans to double A380 order

    09/07/2007 5:31:53 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 17 replies · 457+ views
    Gulf Times ^ | Saturday,8 September, 2007, at 02:21 AM Doha Time | Staff
    DUBAI: Dubai-based Emirates Airlines plans to double its order of 55 Airbus A380 superjumbos when airport capacity in the emirate allows, president Tim Clark said yesterday. “I want double the number. We’ve got to move at the pace construction allows us to grow the business,” he said during the demonstration flight of the newly received Boeing 777 long-haul aircraft. “It’s flat out at the moment.” The Airbus aerospace arm of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co said yesterday it hasn’t received any additional orders related to Emirates Airline’s intention – stated earlier in the day – to double its...
  • Abramovich to use Airbus A380 as private jet

    09/05/2007 4:39:57 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 32 replies · 1,029+ views
    YAHOO News UK & Ireland ^ | September 5 08:59 am | AFP Staff
    PARIS (AFP) - The billionaire Russian owner of Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich, has ordered an Airbus A380, the world's biggest airliner, for use as his private jet, a report said Wednesday. French newspaper Le Figaro, which did not cite sources, said Abramovich was the mystery buyer behind an order for an A380 VIP, which was revealed by Airbus at the Paris Air Show in June this year. The doubledecker A380, which enters service later this year, is capable of carrying 840 passengers, measures 73 metres in length (239-feet) and towers over its biggest rival, the Boeing 747. Airbus...
  • New Airbus A380 Scrapes Wing in Bangkok

    09/01/2007 7:46:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies · 2,654+ views
    AP ^ | September 1, 2007 | AMBIKA AHUJA
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — An Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet, scraped the tip of a wing on a building at Bangkok's international airport Saturday as it was preparing for a demonstration flight, officials of the aircraft company and Thai Airways said. The plane, which had been taxiing with journalists and VIP guests on board, suffered minor damage, delaying its planned flight to the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai by just over three hours, they said. There were no injuries. After more than a one-year delay due to production problems, Airbus is scheduled to deliver its first A380,...
  • Via wins big Singapore Air Linux deal

    08/27/2007 6:06:44 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies · 161+ views
    volesoft ^ | August 27th | Nick Farrell
    SINGAPORE Airlines is to install a PC running Red Hat Linux operating system in every seat on its newest A380 superjumbo. According to Network World, the system consists of a central Linux server that connects to a network of PCs installed under every seat on the aircraft.
  • World's biggest airliner to serve as private jet

    06/22/2007 1:33:55 PM PDT · by Republicain · 38 replies · 1,178+ views
    LE BOURGET, France, June 19, 2007 (AFP) - Attention hip hop stars and billionaires: the world's biggest airliner, the 73-metre-long (239-feet) Airbus A380 superjumbo, has been ordered by a mysterious buyer for use as a private jet. The order sets new heights in the private plane sector, leaving the Learjet, which used to be the ultimate symbol of ostentatious air travel, in second class. The doubledecker A380, which enters service later this year, is capable of carrying 840 passengers, has 900 square metres (10,000 square feet) of cabin space and towers over its biggest rival, the Boeing 747. Airbus sales...
  • Super capacities on Emirates superjumbo

    06/07/2007 2:53:32 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 18 replies · 765+ views
    ArabianBusiness.com ^ | Thursday, 07 June 2007 | Safura Rahimi
    Emirates airline has unveiled a whopping 644-passenger seat plan for some of the 47 double-decker Airbus A380s it is set to receive from next year. The Dubai-based airline, which is the largest customer of the Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft, is first in the industry to announce an aircraft configuration of over 550 seats. The 644-passenger carriers will have business and economy classes with no first class, while two other configurations will have 490 and 514 seats in three classes, according to Gulf News. The three separate seating designs will be tailor made to different routes, with the three-class planes...
  • Super jet could fit 1000, says maker

    06/07/2007 8:53:45 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 89 replies · 2,688+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | June 7, 2007 | Scott Rochfort
    THE term cattle class is about to take on a whole new meaning. The European aircraft maker Airbus has openly flagged the idea that one day up to 1000 passengers could be squeezed into its A380 super-jumbo. Before the double-decker aircraft's third visit to Sydney yesterday, the chief commercial officer of Airbus, John Leahy, spruiked the benefits of the A380 for budget airlines wanting to slash costs. "I do think low-cost carriers around the world will take a look at it," Mr Leahy said. In the 10 years since the idea of the giant jumbo was conceived, the aircraft appeared...
  • Jumbo Airbus A380 poses airport dilemmas

    06/04/2007 8:00:02 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 44 replies · 1,405+ views
    commercialappeal.com ^ | June 2, 2007 | Emma Vandore
    ROISSY, France -- How will airports accommodate the world's biggest passenger jet? At Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, where the hulking Airbus A380 landed for the first time Friday, preparing for its arrival meant enlarging runways and bridges and building a new boarding lounge -- at a cost of $134 million. Airports in San Francisco, London, Sydney, Singapore and Frankfurt, Germany, are already prepared to receive the 555-seat plane, having also spent millions. Other hubs are following suit, Airbus officials say. The superjumbo, scheduled for delivery to airlines this year, has been plagued by scandals that have caused shares...
  • Sarkozy hints at Airbus bail-out

    05/18/2007 9:52:02 AM PDT · by backbencher · 12 replies · 764+ views
    New French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has raised the prospect of state aid for Airbus, but said he eventually plans to sell the government's stake. The French state owns 15% of Airbus' parent company EADS. President Sarkozy said that the government would do "its duty" as a shareholder if EADS decided to raise fresh capital. Yet he added that he aims "to put the state's stake on the market", once the company has recovered.
  • After the dogfight, an olive branch offered (Flying an A380 "as easy as changing cars")

    05/11/2007 3:49:46 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 18 replies · 794+ views
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | 11 May 2007 0952 hrs | Lee U-Wen
    SINGAPORE: It was suggested that flying different type of aircraft was "as easy as changing cars". The revelation of the pay scales for Singapore Airlines’ pilots, said to be among the world’s highest, raised a few eyebrows. Such nuggets of information — offered by SIA management at a court hearing to settle a pay dispute between the airline and its pilots’ union — seem to have ruffled more than a few feathers among the pilots. Following the feedback it received after the court hearing, SIA thought it necessary to send a letter to all 1,800 of the company’s pilots...
  • Airbus drags on parent company EADS

    05/11/2007 10:54:26 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 5 replies · 474+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Thursday May 10, 2007 | Graeme Wearden
    The ongoing delays and rising costs of the Airbus A380 have sent profits at Franco-German parent firm EADS plunging again. EADS made a pre-tax profit of €89m (£60.5m) during the first three months of this year, down nearly 90% compared with the first quarter of 2006 when it recorded a profit of €790m. Although its other divisions performed solidly, Airbus posted a loss of €69m for the first quarter, against a profit of €684m last year. It has suffered major problems over the production of the world's largest passenger airline, which has been delayed by two years. ............... They repeated...
  • Mica Renews A380 Criticism

    05/08/2007 4:26:21 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 16 replies · 776+ views
    Aviation Daily ^ | Apr 30, 2007 | Adrian Schofield
    House Transportation Ranking Member John Mica (R-Fla.) last week renewed his attacks against the Airbus A380, claiming a new government report proves that the A380 will disrupt operations at U.S. airports -- an interpretation disputed by Airbus. Referring to results of a Government Accountability Office report, Mica asserts that "aviation safety and capacity may be adversely affected by this enormous plane, further taxing an already strained U.S. aviation system." A380 operations will cause "reduced throughput and capacity constraints" at airports, Mica said. The GAO study was requested by Mica. Last year, Mica launched similar criticism of the A380. He cited...
  • A380 break-even point raised

    05/05/2007 5:45:58 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 31 replies · 1,081+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | May 4, 2007 3:05 p.m. | James Wallace
    Airbus said Friday it has once again raised the break-even point for the troubled A380. In 2005, Airbus was saying that it would need to sell only 270 of the planes to break even. Last year, that jumped to 420 planes as a result of costly wiring problems that delayed delivery of the A380 by up to two years. Airbus Chief Executive Louis Gallois said Friday at the annual shareholder meeting of parent company European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. that the break-even point for the A380 has been raised, but he did not disclose to new figure. "Clearly...
  • Airbus' A380 is a huge jet, but lacks 747's glamour

    04/08/2007 9:40:26 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 54 replies · 5,025+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Last updated April 6, 2007 3:35 p.m. PT | CHRISTINE NEGRONI
    It was 1969 and the airplane designers having lunch in the conference room of Pan American World Airways were standing by the window overlooking New York's Park Avenue when Charles Lindbergh came over. The famous aviator was a consultant to the airline at the time and he had something to say about the 747 Joe Sutter and his team at Boeing were creating for Pan Am. " 'This is one of the great ones.' " Sutter recounted Lindbergh saying, "I mean the 747, this is an airplane that will go down in history." Thirty-eight years later, as hundreds of...
  • 1st 'Superjumbo Jet' Flight To US Lands At JFK

    03/19/2007 2:02:44 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 48 replies · 1,927+ views
    WCBS-TV ^ | 3/19/07 | CBS/AP
    The latest jetliner to claim the title of world's biggest passenger aircraft completed its maiden voyage to America on Monday, flying on football field-length wings and a prayer that the U.S. airline industry will want to buy the double-decker jumbo jet. The four-engine Airbus A380 touched down at Kennedy International Airport at about 12:10 p.m., to the cheers of onlookers gathered to watch the arrival. As the plane taxied, a pilot waved an American flag. Minutes later, a separate A380 arrivied in Los Angeles, but was devoid of any passengers. The eight-hour flight to New York was a chance for...
  • The A380 arrives in America.

    03/19/2007 12:11:40 PM PDT · by lowbuck · 39 replies · 1,747+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 19 March | Thomas Lifson
    Today marks the first time the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet will land at American airports. In fact, two of the jets will grace our runaways: one will be operated by Lufthansa pilots and crew, and will carry a load of passengers, complete with in-flight dining. From Frankfurt to New York JFK. The other will be operated by Qantas, and fly from Sydney to Los Angeles, but minus any passengers or flight attendants. If I were within driving distance of either airport, I would go take a look. For all its problems, this airplane is a magnificent achievement based on size...
  • Airbus set for U.S. debut of world's largest passenger jet

    03/18/2007 7:11:59 AM PDT · by phantomworker · 42 replies · 1,450+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | March 18, 2007 | By Jennifer Oldham
    LOS ANGELES — The world's largest passenger jet will make its West Coast debut at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday Officials expect tens of thousands of onlookers to line airport fences to see the Airbus A380, an eight-story-high behemoth with a double-decked cabin and a wingspan nearly the length of a football field. "We're planning for the largest turnout since the Concorde came in 1974," said Paul Haney, deputy executive director of airports and security for Los Angeles World Airports. Southern California is experiencing an uplift from the massive jet: More than 100 suppliers in the region contributed to...
  • A380 costs, delays causing headaches at Emirates.

    03/15/2007 3:01:35 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 12 replies · 642+ views
    Air Transport World Online ^ | 15 March 2007 | Kurt Hofmann
    Emirates President Tim Clark told ATWOnline last week in Berlin that the operating costs of its A380 fleet will be higher than originally planned. "There are still an extra six tons of weight we can't get out of the A380. That will cost us extra money in operation for the next 10 or 15 years," Clark said. Emirates' 45 A380s, which constitute a $15 billion investment, each should generate $200 million for the airline annually. The weight issues are compounded by the money EK is losing because of the program's delay. "We will get our first A380 in August 2008,...
  • Airbus A380 comes to smoking halt. . . during high-speed aborted take-off test in Istres

    03/09/2007 1:35:06 AM PST · by lowbuck · 13 replies · 1,988+ views
    Flight International Online ^ | 8 March 2007 | Max Kingsley-Jones
    Airbus says the potentially hazardous maximum energy rejected take-off demonstration for the A380 that it undertook last weekend was a “non-event”, with the aircraft and systems behaving exactly as predicted. “The test went exactly as planned,” says Airbus chief test pilot Jacques Rosay, who was at the controls of Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered A380 MSN001 (F-WWOW) alongside vice-president Airbus flight test division Claude Lelaie for the trial at the Istres test airfield in southern France on 4 March (pictured below). In total, seven crew were on board the A380 including a flight engineer representing the European Aviation Safety Agency. To comply...