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  • France Reveals Airbus A380 Sale To China

    01/22/2005 11:57:24 AM PST · by Still in Denial · 23 replies · 713+ views
    France Reveals Airbus A380 Sale To China January 21, 2005 Airbus will next week announce the sale of five A380 superjumbo planes to China Southern, the French transport ministry said on Friday. The deal between Airbus, China Southern and Chinese aviation supplies organization CASC will be signed on January 28. The news was disclosed, apparently accidentally, in a weekly diary released by the office of Transport Minister Gilles de Robien, including a reference to the planned signing ceremony. Industry officials confirmed the deal with China Southern, which brings the number of orders or commitments for the world's largest civil plane...
  • Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal: sources

    12/27/2017 7:12:25 AM PST · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 27 Dec 2017 | Tim Hepher
    PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is drawing up contingency plans to phase out production of the world’s largest jetliner, the A380 superjumbo, if it fails to win a key order from Dubai’s Emirates, three people familiar with the matter said. The moment of truth for the slow-selling airliner looms after just 10 years in service and leaves one of Europe’s most visible international symbols hanging by a thread, despite a major airline investment in new cabins unveiled this month. “If there is no Emirates deal, Airbus will start the process of ending A380 production,” a person briefed on the plans said....
  • Airbus’ Big Bet to Save Its Dying A380 Super Jumbo: Winglets

    06/21/2017 9:01:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    WIRED ^ | 06/21/2017 | Eric Adams
    Airlines, it turns out, prefer the fuel efficiency of smaller planes like the Boeing 777 to the pack-em-in capacity of the Airbus A380. As a result, Airbus hasn’t scored any new orders for an A380 in more than a year. Its big plan to turn things around? Launch a new version, make it cheaper to fly, and slap on some winglets. This week at the Paris Air Show, Airbus announced the revamped “A380plus,” a refresh that packs even more passengers into the super-jumbo and tweaks the wing design. The upswept winglets found on most modern airliners boost fuel efficiency by...
  • Biggest airliner can't gate at biggest airport [airline dispute]

    06/05/2016 10:10:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | 06/02/2016 | cnn
    Here at the world's busiest airport -- with seven concourses and more than 200 gates -- a gate for the Super Jumbo Airbus A380 could not be provided. That forced Qatar Airways passengers to deplane Wednesday via mobile stairs and shuttle buses. Atlanta's airport has only one gate that can accommodate the A380 -- the world's largest airliner. The airport and resident hub carrier Delta Air Lines said they could not make that gate available. The very public battle between Delta Air Lines, the world's second largest airline, and competitor Qatar Airways represents a microcosm of the national debate over...
  • Iran, Airbus sign deal for 118 planes worth $27 billion

    01/29/2016 9:33:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 29, 2016
    PARIS: Iran agreed on Thursday to buy 118 Airbus jets worth $27 billion at list prices, including a dozen A380 superjumbos, after international sanctions were lifted against Tehran this month. The planemaker said the deal, signed amid a raft of others during a visit by President Hassan Rouhani, was conditional on getting US export licences because more than 10 per cent of Airbus jetliner parts come from the United States. The order for 73 wide-body and 45 narrow-body jets allows Airbus to steal a march on US rival Boeing as Iran seeks to renovate and expand its worn-out fleet of...
  • 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 (£16 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
  • 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 ^ | 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 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 ^ | 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...