Bmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1449 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2969 times:
I was looking through the paper today and it showed the a380 against a 744 and to be honest what's all the hype about its not longer its not much taller than the 744s hump and it slower SO why is it the future? Its just a slightly bigger 744. I hope the a389 is more impressive.
Dayflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2912 times:
I have to agree with Bmi330. The TV channels had specials on it...gee they have reality TV shows and sitcoms too. I am not impressed, it is one big ugly airplane and I sure as hell wont want to squeeze into any 800 seat flying albatross. You can bet your flotation cushion none of the US Airlines would order it any other way than with 700 seats and MAYBE 1 or 2 bars-if they ever order it at all. They can forget the shopping, workout room, etc etc. That's pure fantasy.
All Boeing has to do is to enlarge the hump to run almost the length of the plane, add a couple of feet of wingspan and slighty larger engines and you have an A380.
By the way, I'm not a big fan of having the wing root box made of composites either, the way the A-380 has it.
MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 16486 posts, RR: 48 Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2852 times:
"the A380 will change travel the way the 747 did!...."
Not in Noel Forgeard's wildest dreams! The A380 represents a 30+% increase in seats over the 747 whereas the 747 was a 170% increase in seating capacity over it's next biggest successful competitor, the 707, at the time of its unveiling. The A380 is a nice plane, but in reality it's just a bigger, better 747. It will not revolutionize much of anything beyond reducing unit costs and possibly upgrading the first and business class experience.
Dayflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2823 times:
Watch out - Boeing's 7E7 will consist of even more composite parts
Not the wing root. Fuselage, yes; wings yes.
If it's so easy - why isn't Boeing doing it? Probably they just need an engineer like YOU?
They decided rather to focus energy and money they have to EARN on a plane with a real future in the market, the 7e7. And yes, I have a college degree in Aviation Technology from Northwestern. Do you??
Which airline is planning to fly it in all-Eco???
Knowing the geniuses we have here running the USA airlines right now, I have no doubt some American carrier CEO will come up with that brilliant idea.
Singaporegirl From Singapore, joined Oct 2000, 302 posts, RR: 9 Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2712 times:
i'm not some airline ceo, nor trying to pretend to be one... but as a singapore airlines cabin crew, i can attest that there are some airlines out there (like sq) that really need very large aircrafts, such as the a380s. i've been flying for sq for almost 10 years now and i've seen the increase of pax... for e.g. the sin-lhr leg. it did go down for a little bit after 9/11 or during the sars crisis, but today we have more pax flying that route than we did in 2000. as you all know that lhr has slot restrictions, therefore (at least for the moment) sq can't send any more aeroplanes to lhr. our megatops hold 375 in 3 classes and the a380 will carry 490 in 3 classes, therefore that's going to be a substantial increase for us, w/o sending out anymore flights. also with the a380s sq will able to provide more pampering towards our premium f/j pax (which tend to be our frequent flyers, and big revenue for sq in general) with the extra cabin space that we're going to have, which is important for us in order to compete with ba or qf who are operating the same route.
Ladies & Gentlemen, we will now demonstrate the use of the safety equipment on this aircraft...
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16306 posts, RR: 87 Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2676 times:
I was looking through the paper today and it showed the a380 against a 744 and to be honest what's all the hype about its not longer its not much taller than the 744s hump and it slower SO why is it the future?
The A380 will cruise M0.05 faster than a 747 and have a max speed comparable at M0.89.
Not the wing root. Fuselage, yes; wings yes.
And yes, I have a college degree in Aviation Technology from Northwestern.
You're lying. Northwestern University does not offer a "college degree" in Aviation Technology, nor do they even have a program for aerospace engineering. Further, best I can tell they never have.
LongbowPilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 4 Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2559 times:
Great thread. I learned a lot here. I think those people though that have never "WORKED" in the airline industry need to listen to those who do. They are the front line soldiers that can tell you how it is. I was a former worker for Delta. I can say that Delta will have no need for such an airframe. They tried 747's for a few months, and found they were more expensive than their worth.
I can also see the nightmare it will be to work this aircraft. I have worked both gate agent and ramp agent roles. The ramp agent won't be difficult as this "should" be a Containerized aircraft. The gate, however will be EXTREMELY busy. 777 gates in ATL are a mad house on a full flight, so multiply that times 2 and you got a mess. They would have to board through several doors. There is no way that 2 door boarding will accomplish a loading in less than 30 minutes. I imagine people will be sitting on this aircraft for a good 1 - 2 hours just waiting for the rest of the passengers to board.
All in all nice aircraft, just not to my taste. The aircraft is the ugliest thing to ever fly the sky, and no matter what poetic spin you put on it, I'm sure people are set on what the think. It is either great or hideous. You all make your choice and get over it.
Airbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 7454 posts, RR: 11 Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2529 times:
What exactly is "value" in your opinion?
Cheese and Eggs w/ bacon or sausage at Waffle House
Airbus has chosen prestige over value.
Don't see how this comes as a surprise. This is the European way. Value is not key. Prestige and quality is. If you want value you buy American. If you want quality you buy European.
LongbowPilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 4 Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2510 times:
Most people don't put a computer in charge of lives. It is rare, and scary to relinquish control like that. I'm referring to the computer having more authority than the pilot like all other airbus's have. Remember the Paris Airshow where the computer wanted to see the tree cutting abilities of the A319 or was a A320.. I dunnno, but that scares the living dookie out of me.
Dvk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1058 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
I do find it very difficult to believe that many, if any, airlines will fly A380's with all the amenities that were presented. It just cannot be economically feasible. As was quickly discovered with the 747 in the early 70's, a great big plane with too much space dedicated to luxury (lounges, bars, ?gyms), rather than seating, will not pay the bills.
I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.