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What Are Your A380 Impressions?  
User currently offlineVirgin747LGW From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 225 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

My first post so be nice!

after reading a lot of americans slating the A380s looks, i want to know of those who went to JFK AND LAX what they thought of the aircfraft and has seeing it in person changed their minds?

[Edited 2007-03-20 22:31:00]

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User currently offlinePlanecrazy2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4893 times:

Seeing in person did not change my mind at all. I thought it was very fat looking but still very impressive. The 744 looks better overall though.


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User currently offlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 756 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4871 times:

-It's Big
-It's ugly
-It gets the job done.



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User currently offlineHighFlyer9790 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4846 times:

Welcome to A.net  wave 

I wasnt there, but i can say ive seen it so many time and heard so much news about it ive come to the following conclusions:

- the 747 is still the queen of the skies.
- its a great looking engeneering achievement.
- they brought it to the US to mark there territory, and they did.
- Airbus did this to basically one-up Boeing for PR.
- to the non-aviation enthusiast, it looks like any other tube of aluminum.
- it is 2 1/2 years late and counting.
- Airlines have cancelled orders and will continue to.
- It will not make a profit and bring Airbus out of the hole they are in.
- It will be short lived once it enters service because the world will have already moved onto better things like the 787/777/747-8I (id put the A350 in there, but im not convinced airbus will have the money to do it once the A380 catches up with them.)

- its a flop



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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4841 times:

I think it looks like a Nimrod on steroids. You can put makeup on a pig, but in the end it still is a pig with makeup on.

[Edited 2007-03-21 07:06:30]


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User currently offlineFemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4808 times:

Welcome Virgin747LGW  wave 

I have not been up close and personal with the A380, but I see it as a remarkable feat of engineering.........Those that slate it are perhaps blinkered by the aesthetics of it, my feelings are it goes way beyond that. It is the most impressive machine I have seen in my lifetime, and who knows, maybe one day I will get to board it...........

Claire


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4804 times:

Who cares if it looks ugly?
Its a hell of a lot better an airplane than the 747, no matter what you try and say.

A Ford Mustang may look like a nice car, but its actually an old bus below the outer skin, it sucks.

Thanks
Alex


User currently offlineVirgin747LGW From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4804 times:

Quoting Femme (Reply 5):
Welcome Virgin747LGW



Quoting HighFlyer9790 (Reply 3):
Welcome to A.net

cheers guys!

I saw the A380 at Farnborough 06, and although it comes nowhere near the A330 or 787 in terms of looks who thought a double decker plane was gonna look sleek and sexy? presummably people said the same things about the 747 when she was being developed and know look at peoples views of her. airlines and passengers dont care about what the plane looks like. BTW it does have a very beautiful wing.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11638 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4796 times:

Quoting HighFlyer9790 (Reply 3):
its a flop

Of course it is, how could anything which has already gained well over 150 orders be anything utter than a complete and utter failure. Seriously, support Boeing, but please remove your head from your ass before doing so, at least then you may see some common sense.

The A380 is not exactly the most beautiful aircraft ever built, and it is late, but I think it's still an excellent achievement. More environmentally friendly than it's predecessors and quieter, which has to be the way forwards for aviation. I look forwards to flying in it! Big grin

..and yes, welcome to A.net Virgin747LGW!


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineVirgin747LGW From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4779 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 8):
Of course it is, how could anything which has already gained well over 150 orders be anything utter than a complete and utter failure. Seriously, support Boeing, but please remove your head from your ass before doing so, at least then you may see some common sense.

Maybe its cos after years of american companies promoting VLAs and getting nowhere, Airbus comes along and produces something that major blue chip airlines like?


User currently offlineHighFlyer9790 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4735 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 8):
Of course it is, how could anything which has already gained well over 150 orders be anything utter than a complete and utter failure. Seriously, support Boeing, but please remove your head from your ass before doing so, at least then you may see some common sense.

I see where you are coming from, and i didnt mean to be that extreme. sorry..but on the other hand, they are in debt, and the airlines arent exactley happy with the delay...and 150 as a starting point for orders was much lower than they were expecting.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 8):
The A380 is not exactly the most beautiful aircraft ever built, and it is late, but I think it's still an excellent achievement.

 checkmark  o yes it is  Smile



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11638 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

Quoting HighFlyer9790 (Reply 10):
I see where you are coming from, and i didnt mean to be that extreme. sorry..but on the other hand, they are in debt, and the airlines arent exactley happy with the delay...and 150 as a starting point for orders was much lower than they were expecting.

Likewise, it was a little amiss of me to phrase it like that, my apologies... using A.net as a way to de-stress from coursework doesn't always work silly  I think it may well see a few more orders this year, probably be up to the 200 mark by 08, but they do indeed have a fair way to go yet!.


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineHighFlyer9790 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4721 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 11):
Likewise, it was a little amiss of me to phrase it like that, my apologies... using A.net as a way to de-stress from coursework doesn't always work I think it may well see a few more orders this year, probably be up to the 200 mark by 08, but they do indeed have a fair way to go yet!.

no worries!  biggrin 



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4717 times:

The Toulouse Goose a poorly-planned failure. I'm not at all comfortable with its jury-rigged wiring. I wouldn't be surprised if they become maintenance hogs.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4703 times:

Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 6):
A Ford Mustang may look like a nice car, but its actually an old bus below the outer skin, it sucks.

Actually, the new models (2005+) share very little with earlier models, the old fox platform is now gone so it is a much better car (handling wise) than it used to be.

Quoting HighFlyer9790 (Reply 3):
- Airbus did this to basically one-up Boeing for PR.

Uh, ok ...  

Quoting HighFlyer9790 (Reply 3):
- to the non-aviation enthusiast, it looks like any other tube of aluminum.

Unlikely, it turns more heads then most other aircraft out there.

Quoting HighFlyer9790 (Reply 3):
- Airlines have cancelled orders and will continue to.

Do you have insider information that we mortals don't have? How do you know this?

Quoting HighFlyer9790 (Reply 3):
It will be short lived once it enters service because the world will have already moved onto better things like the 787/777/747-8I (id put the A350 in there, but im not convinced airbus will have the money to do it once the A380 catches up with them.)

Makes no sense, but if that's your opinion.

Quoting HighFlyer9790 (Reply 3):
- its a flop

As is your post ...  

I haven't seen it myself, but it doesn't look as graceful as the 747, looks almost like a An124 or C5 to me, with the exception of the wings of course. Will have to wait and see one up close first.

[Edited 2007-03-22 03:57:28]


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User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

I thought it was THAT bad looking, definitely not as good looking as the 74 Smile but who cares...Amazing achievement Airbus


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User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4659 times:

my impression of it?



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how was that?

in all seriousness, i think a plane like that will have some dificulties in operation, due to that many people, but it is quite an achievement.

just like in jurassic park, they were so hung up on whether or not they could do it, they never thought to see if they should do it.



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User currently offlineFlipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1568 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4649 times:
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i think the A380 will be a success, its starting slow but so does paula radcliff. boeing are winning but it wouldnt surprise me if there was a reversal in hte next 10 years, everyone has ups and downs.

Fred


User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4636 times:

Quoting Virgin747LGW (Thread starter):
What Are Your A380 Impressions?

I can't really do an A380 impression; my arms don't do the wingspan justice!


In all seriousness, though, for such a large bird I was pleasantly surprised to see how graceful she looks in flight. (Of course I've only seen it on the tube, not in real life yet...and I'm not likely to see it in Bermuda anytime soon!!)



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User currently offlineERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 680 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4606 times:

I took my family to the airport in Sydney when the
A380 was here a year or so ago, it had Qantas titles but the Airbus Tail logo.
I was impressed by the size of it although I admit I don't find it pretty. My wife though, who see's everything smaller than a 747 as a "shuttle" was Awe Struck. She has no idea about Aircraft and said that was the biggest 747 she had ever seen! She is American, comes from Ohio, and wouldn't believe me when I told her it wasn't made in America.



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User currently offlineLuketenley From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4598 times:

I think its a big waste of money. One of the bigges turn offs for me is the fact that the airports that will serve it have to redo taxiways and runways as well as rebuild or expand terminals. That's alot of money to be spent for a single aircraft. Airbus is definately killing themselves right now with the delays and all the money spent on it and we have yet to see a single one ran commercially. Does anyone think that if we see a serious accident, God forbid we don't, they will stop production with the amount of lives lost?

Long live the 747.



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User currently offlineRelaxitsfedex7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4582 times:

You know i was there at LAX when the a380 came in at 9:30AM my impression , i don't even want to tell my thoughts on the aircraft. All i have to say is i can't believe i missed school for this. Yeah the airbus a380 has it's size over the queen of the skies(Boeing 747) but what happen to the looks. Can't wait for the 748.

User currently offlineRelaxitsfedex7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4580 times:

Quoting Femme (Reply 5):

[I do agree with you but you don't like the 747 just a little bit?. or how about the a345/346 those are beautiful aircrafts too.]


User currently offlineFemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 4559 times:

Quoting Relaxitsfedex7 (Reply 22):
I do agree with you but you don't like the 747 just a little bit?. or how about the a345/346 those are beautiful aircrafts too.]

Yes I love the 747 and the A346, both incredible aircraft, both a wonder to behold - Always will be, It's just the vision of the mighty A380 that inspires me........  cloudnine 


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