EI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2962 times:
Quote: The Airbus A380 will be making an appearance at next month's Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress in Hong Kong.
Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered development aircraft MSN007 - which is equipped with a fully furnished 519-seat cabin, will be in Hong Kong on 3-5 September for the show as part of an Asian tour that will also take in stops in Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand, Hanoi in Vietnam and Seoul in South Korea.
Cloudyapple From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2005, 2447 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2947 times:
Quoting EI321 (Thread starter): Looking at the destinations, which airlines will be looking at the A380?
Rather like which airlines Airbus is pushing the aircraft for...
I can confirm we will see one in Hong Kong during the Asian Aerospace Expo. There will very likely (not confirmed yet) be a flight display and a harbour flypast with a lot of photos taken by chaser aircraft.
DL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2845 times:
The SFO one seems more like it is trying to prove that the plane can land and be handled there, i don't really know what airlines they would be pushing it on for a US carrier except for UA, but i don't see UA ordering that large of a plane.
Mham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3221 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2583 times:
Quoting Cobra27 (Reply 3): waw nice comment. Does bashing A380 make you a big man?
I don't know why you think thats bashing because thats exactly what they are doing. They aren't spending all that money to fly it there simply for a photo opportunity. They are trying to push the product. It's called marketing.
Now we could get into why they have to pursue this at this stage. Could it be because the plane isn't selling in one of its targeted markets?
A380 World Tour Continues With Major Airports In Asia And The U.S.
Toulouse, 13 August 2007
Airbus‘ A380 will embark for a series of demonstration tours starting on 30th August. Key airports in South-East-Asia and the U.S. will be visited.
The Asia-A380-tour will be conducted with flight-test-aircraft MSN (Manufacturer's Serial Number) 007, powered by four Rolls Royce Trend 900 engines. The world’s largest and most innovative passenger jet flying today is equipped with a full passenger cabin, which can comfortably carry 520 passengers in an extra quiet and relaxing three-class cabin-environment. The International Airports to be visited are:
Thailand Bangkok / Chiang Mai 31st August – 2nd September
Vietnam Hanoi 2nd – 3rd September
China Hongkong (Asian Aerospace) 3rd – 5th September
Korea Seoul 5th – 7th September
The US-tour will take the A380 flight-test-aircraft MSN009, powered by four Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, to the United States. The visits are part of the ongoing route proving process for this aircraft/engine-combination. The aircraft, which has no passenger-cabin, is on static display at the following airports:
Connecticut Bradley International Airport (BDL) 2nd – 3rd October
Kentucky Cincinnati/N. Kentucky Airport (CVG) 3rd – 4th October
California San Francisco International Airport (SFO) 4th – 5th October
Both demonstration tours are part of the extensive campaign to prepare the A380 for a smooth entry into service. Operating under typical airline conditions, both aircraft will undergo airport compatibility checks, ground handling and maintenance procedures to confirm its readiness to enter service. The A380 has already visited more than 45 airports and by 2011, more than 70 airports will be ready for A380 operations.
Total orders and commitments for the A380 are 173 by 14 customers. The first customer A380 will be delivered to Singapore Airlines in October. Subsequent aircraft, for delivery to Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines and Qantas, are also well on track.
The A380 will provide more comfort in every class and more open space for relaxation than any other aircraft. Passengers will enjoy a new way of flying while benefiting from the quietest cabin in the sky. The aircrafts‘ efficiency and advanced technologies will result in outstanding economics and higher operational flexibility as seat-mile costs are 20 percent lower and range 15 percent greater compared to today‘s existing large aircrafts.
Being cleaner, greener, quieter and smarter, the A380 is already setting new standards for transport and the environment. Per passenger, the A380 is as fuel efficient as a small economical family car. Requiring shorter runways for take off and landing, the A380 also provides vital extra passenger capacity without increasing the number of flights. So the aircraft is an ideal solution to today’s congested airports.
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