Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 3021 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3291 times:
It should arrive later today.
Granted there is probably zero chance of a scheduled flight into KIX in the next few years with the exception of EK, but only until it gets NRT slots.
It should be spotters heaven today and tomorrow at KIX.
Centrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3603 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3072 times:
KIX and NGO are both alternates to NRT. If the need arrises for a diversion, NGO and KIX will need to be ready. Maybe this is just a test for the aircraft and airport personel. I mean they are flying it to BDL of all places. The largest plane into BDL is a 757! But it is an alternate for NYC so it might as well be tested.
That all being said, never know, if EK can't get an NRT slot in 2009, maybe they will make KIX an A380. They have 40+ of these birds, might as well use them everywhere.
Doubt it. I bet it is one of the test aircraft. The SQ plane is getting ready for its route proving flight. They will probably fly it back and forth to BKK for crew prep and then it will be off to SYD. But never know, maybe SQ flies it into KIX to prepare it for eventual NRT service. But that would be a strange way to do things.
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
Well maybe..... But the flight to NRT already showed ANA and JAL the aircraft. As someone mentioned above, I thought for a moment, why not NGO. But I think the authorities at KIX pushed for it since the long rwy was completed last month. I am not sure which rwy it landed on, but they could have used the long rwy to appeal to the aircraft. And in most cases, I think pilots request to divert to KIX after NRT, and then NGO after that if my memory serves me correctly.
But KIX is the only other airport in Japan with a 4000 meter rwy.
Andrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 463 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2733 times:
Airbus may take advantage of this route proving to show ANA again. Didn't we now hear of rumors saying ANA now feels A380 may be necessary in the longer run as the 777-381ER is not offering enough capacity for expansion?