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A380 Could Become 'Flying Mansion'  
User currently offlineVC10BOAC From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 402 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4974 times:

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The new Airbus 380 "Superjumbo" has just completed its maiden commercial flight and there are already plans to transform the world's largest passenger plane into the pinnacle of private luxury -- an executive jet.

Two European companies --- Germany's Lufthansa Technik and Switzerland's Jet Aviation -- have announced their intention to convert the enormous airliner into a flying mansion replete with private bedrooms, a movie theater, and a gym fitted with saunas and jacuzzis.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/10/31/airbus.plane.ap/index.html

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User currently onlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

I thought this was old news ?

Is'nt there private 380's already on order ?


User currently offlineCF105Arrow From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4887 times:

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 1):
Is'nt there private 380's already on order ?

Yes it is referred be Airbus as a VIP A380 Prestige nicknamed "Flying Palace"

[Edited 2007-10-31 14:37:32]

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21532 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4559 times:

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 1):
I thought this was old news ?

It was even old news when this article was written: http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/07/06/luxury.a380/index.html

6000 square feet is larger than most McMansions in the USA, but smaller by far than the actual mansions the people who might possibly own this plane would live in. Those are 35,000 square foot, minimum.

But 6000 square feet is still 3-4 times my house!!!



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User currently offlineEbbUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4538 times:

Well with so many possibilities, it seems very real that the 380 could be the transport for the US president.

I think I heard a rumour to that effect. I wonder how that would be fitted out!


User currently offlineHPAEAA From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1024 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4499 times:

Quoting EbbUK (Reply 4):
Well with so many possibilities, it seems very real that the 380 could be the transport for the US president.

I think I heard a rumour to that effect. I wonder how that would be fitted out!

that seams as likely as the President having a Mercedes Limo... sorry, but politics are a b*tch... boeing and unions would fry any politician of that stature for buying non American... not that I agree..



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User currently offlineFLALEFTY From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 470 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4500 times:

The A380 would make a great platform for a flying hospital.

Such a plane could be a welcome site in areas suffering from natural disasters.


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4350 times:

Quoting FLALEFTY (Reply 6):
The A380 would make a great platform for a flying hospital.

Such a plane could be a welcome site in areas suffering from natural disasters.

I definitely agree with you here! I do hope that Airbus does make some A380's to be used as medical jets.

As for the topic at hand.....can't wait to see an A380 as a private jet


User currently offlineStrudders From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3895 times:

Quoting HPAEAA (Reply 5):
Quoting EbbUK (Reply 4):
Well with so many possibilities, it seems very real that the 380 could be the transport for the US president.

I think I heard a rumour to that effect. I wonder how that would be fitted out!

that seams as likely as the President having a Mercedes Limo... sorry, but politics are a b*tch... boeing and unions would fry any politician of that stature for buying non American... not that I agree..

However a presidential Helicopter is different?

Ahh go on you guys know you want too buy one!!  stirthepot  Just think off all the sensors you could stick all over it to spoil it lines!!!  bigthumbsup 

Best Regards

Struds


User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31001 posts, RR: 86
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3685 times:
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Quoting EbbUK (Reply 4):
Well with so many possibilities, it seems very real that the 380 could be the transport for the US president. I think I heard a rumour to that effect. I wonder how that would be fitted out!

The USAF tendered an RFP to Airbus for the A380 in both a SAM (Special Air Mission) and ATC (Air Transport Command) role: US Considers A380 As AF1 And C-5 Replacement! (by LifelinerOne Oct 17 2007 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)


User currently offlineTimboflier215 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1336 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

Quoting FLALEFTY (Reply 6):
The A380 would make a great platform for a flying hospital.

Such a plane could be a welcome site in areas suffering from natural disasters.


Only if the areas affected had an A380 ready airport functioning (which after a natural disaster seems unlikely)

On the topic, there will be private A380's flying around at some point. Whether any of us on here will see what they look like inside is another matter.


User currently offlinePADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3387 times:

Quoting VC10BOAC (Thread starter):
and jacuzzis.

I still wonder how they want to keep the Jacuzzi safe. If the planes gets into turbulences and you suddenly have a couple of hundred liters of water floating in the airplane, the journey could be over for ever soon.


User currently offlineFlying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4161 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2359 times:

There is a hint in a German newspaper that Lufthansa Technik as one of the very few possible outfitters for a VVIP A380 is in talks with "several" customers - not only one. Guess we can expect a few "Flying Palaces" in the air in the next few years.


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User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2282 times:
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Quoting FLALEFTY (Reply 6):
The A380 would make a great platform for a flying hospital.

Such a plane could be a welcome site in areas suffering from natural disasters.

I would think that you'd have better luck with the Russian planes, simply because they seem to be able to land on anything - short of walking on water and turning jet fuel into wine!



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User currently offlinePhilzh From Switzerland, joined May 2007, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2174 times:

Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Reply 13):
short of walking on water and turning jet fuel into wine!

I wouldn't be so sure about the kerosene into wine bit: some of those Russians seem very keen to drink anything that even remotely resembles alcohol...  Silly

Quoting HPAEAA (Reply 5):
boeing and unions would fry any politician of that stature for buying non American

Fry? Probably more like hang, draw, quarter, then fry, and them some.


User currently offlineHanginOut From Austria, joined May 2005, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

Quoting FLALEFTY (Reply 6):
The A380 would make a great platform for a flying hospital.

Such a plane could be a welcome site in areas suffering from natural disasters.

It's usually better to fly in a field hospital after disasters rather than having an aircraft (especially one as big as the A380) taking up valuable ramp space. That way the cargo plane flies in, drops off its load and then takes off again, allowing other disaster relief flights access to the airfield. The other consideration is that most places that have disasters don't have extensive airfield capacity, so they have very limited room to be able to handle disaster relief flights.



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