Quote: “Because we are constantly improving the aircraft, they are not all the same anyway,” said Heinen, putting the matter in perspective. By 2012, for example, a further two tonnes will have been shed from the empty weight of the A380. This weight reduction has apparently been made possible as a result of a detailed analysis of the structural test data. For airline customers such as Emirates which are planning to deliberately deploy some A380's on medium-range routes with high passenger capacity and a smaller fuel load, Airbus is also planning an additional “light version” with take-off weight reduced from 560t to 510t.
Quote: “New A380 products will only arrive once full production at four units per month is running comfortably,” announced Chief Commercial Officer John Leahy at the same event. He does not expect to achieve this state of affairs until 2010/2011.
and some information about SQ’s experience with the A380:
[QUOTE]Despite the two decks, apparently meals take less long to load than on a Boeing 747-400 and the embarkation and disembarkation times are no longer than on the Jumbo, despite the higher number of passengers.
Thorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
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Quoting N14AZ (Thread starter): Quote:
"New A380 products will only arrive once full production at four units per month is running comfortably," announced Chief Commercial Officer John Leahy at the same event. He does not expect to achieve this state of affairs until 2010/2011
So, does this mean that the possible A380-800 light, A380-900 and A380-800ER/HGW will not even be launched until 2010/11??