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Emirates A380 To Salute QE2 Arrival In Dubai WED!  
User currently offlineTDubJFK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9879 times:

I'm sure there are more than a few ocean-liner fans among all of us here at A.Net.

I ran across this on the MaritimeMatters site and thought it would be of interest here as well.

For those of you who aren't aware, Cunard Line has retired the QE2 after more than 40 years of service cruising the world. Thankfully, rather than scrappers being the highest bid for the ship, she has been purchased by a concern in Dubai that plans to convert her to a hotel/residential and convention center type attraction.

OK ... here's where the site talked about the aviation part! (Sure will be something to see!)

(from MaritimeMatters.com)

Giant Aircaft and Royal Yacht to Greet QE2
November 25: According to Emirates, the International airline of United Arab Emirates a major event is planned to celebrate QE2's arrival in Dubai. When she arrives at the Gulf port, Wednesday November 26, the retiring ocean liner will be greeted by a flotilla of boats and ships led by the world's largest yacht, the 531 foot, Blohm & Voss-built DUBAI, owned by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. Topping off the arrival celebrations will be a flypast by one of Emirates newly-delivered A380 (the Airbus A380 is largest passenger airliner in the world) a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner). For those in Dubai, a good vantage point to witness the arrival is said to be the stretch of beach between the Grand Hyatt and the fish market.

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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9794 times:

I just did a search on Google to have a look at the Dubai, found these pics of it under construction :-

http://www.yachtforums.com/forums/sp...ds-largest-yacht-525-platinum.html

That is some impressive Yacht. Even has a heli-deck big enough for a Blackhawk looking at the pic of the model !!.

Can't wait to see the pics of the QE2 and the A380 although I don't think it will ever look as good as this classic :-



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10679 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9775 times:

A nice welcome. Very nice that Emirates takes the opportunity for a surely spectacular flyby.
I´m excited to see some pictures of it here later this week.

And not to forget, I wish the fantastic QE2 a pleasant "stay" at Dubai. If I´ll ever make it to that emirate, QE2 will be the "hotel" to stay!


User currently offlineLightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12981 posts, RR: 100
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9770 times:
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Quoting TDubJFK (Thread starter):
I'm sure there are more than a few ocean-liner fans among all of us here at A.Net.

Oh yea... I love the Queen Mary. Now, I hope the QE2 makes more money for Dubai than the QM made for Long Beach...

Although... who the heck gets a 531 foot yacht and how do I get one?

Although I'd happily take an A388 instead.  Wink

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User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9665 times:



Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 1):

Reply 1

Sad to think only the Red Arrows are the only ones in that photo still going strong today  Sad

Out of interest where was that photo taken? - Somewhere off the south coast of England I would imagine?


User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3149 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9516 times:
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Would love to see it, but have to fly out this afternoon, and I think from land, it would be too far off for a presentable photo. But anyways, a great event.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 20 hours ago) and read 9069 times:

Sky News have it Live by pressing the Red button.

User currently offlineVincewy From Taiwan, joined Oct 2005, 767 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 17 hours ago) and read 8830 times:

How would QE2 get to Dubai? Please don't tell me it's going through Suez Canal, as it might end up in Somalia instead.

User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 16 hours ago) and read 8712 times:



Quoting Vincewy (Reply 7):
How would QE2 get to Dubai? Please don't tell me it's going through Suez Canal, as it might end up in Somalia instead.

Its already arrived safe and sound and awaiting a major refit into a hotel. The Indian approach to Pirates is the way to go IMHO.


User currently offlineDC10BHX From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 16 hours ago) and read 8503 times:



Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 1):
I just did a search on Google to have a look at the Dubai, found these pics of it under construction :-

http://www.yachtforums.com/forums/sp...ds-largest-yacht-525-platinum.html

That is some impressive Yacht. Even has a heli-deck big enough for a Blackhawk looking at the pic of the model !!.

Can't wait to see the pics of the QE2 and the A380 although I don't think it will ever look as good as this classic :-

That photo was taken by Arthur Gibson, and yes I believe it was off the south coas of England.
As luck would have it I have a copy of that very shot on my office wall. My copy is signed by the Captain of the QE2, the flight crew of the Concorde and the entire Red Arrows flight crew including the team manager. I have spoken to the curator at the BA museum in London and confirmed that they do not have one of these in their display. Nor do the Red Arrows!!!

Not bad for a picture picked up from the museum at RAF Manston many moons ago.



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User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3588 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 7812 times:



Quoting TDubJFK (Thread starter):
I'm sure there are more than a few ocean-liner fans among all of us here at A.Net.

I am one of them!

Quoting TDubJFK (Thread starter):
Giant Aircaft and Royal Yacht to Greet QE2
November 25: According to Emirates, the International airline of United Arab Emirates a major event is planned to celebrate QE2's arrival in Dubai. When she arrives at the Gulf port, Wednesday November 26, the retiring ocean liner will be greeted by a flotilla of boats and ships led by the world's largest yacht, the 531 foot, Blohm & Voss-built DUBAI, owned by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. Topping off the arrival celebrations will be a flypast by one of Emirates newly-delivered A380 (the Airbus A380 is largest passenger airliner in the world) a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner). For those in Dubai, a good vantage point to witness the arrival is said to be the stretch of beach between the Grand Hyatt and the fish market.

Why this could not happen One of the many times I was in Dubai earlier this year! It looks like it going to be a great event. The QE2 will be a great addition to this beautiful place, which I would love to visit again.


User currently offlineBeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 14 hours ago) and read 7720 times:



Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 1):
Can't wait to see the pics of the QE2 and the A380 although I don't think it will ever look as good as this classic :-


You got that right


User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 14 hours ago) and read 7353 times:



Quoting Vincewy (Reply 7):
How would QE2 get to Dubai? Please don't tell me it's going through Suez Canal, as it might end up in Somalia instead.

I believe it had an escort.

Quoting DC10BHX (Reply 9):
As luck would have it I have a copy of that very shot on my office wall. My copy is signed by the Captain of the QE2, the flight crew of the Concorde and the entire Red Arrows flight crew including the team manager.

Wow, that's awesome.


User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 12 hours ago) and read 6839 times:



Quoting DC10BHX (Reply 9):
That photo was taken by Arthur Gibson, and yes I believe it was off the south coas of England.
As luck would have it I have a copy of that very shot on my office wall. My copy is signed by the Captain of the QE2, the flight crew of the Concorde and the entire Red Arrows flight crew including the team manager. I have spoken to the curator at the BA museum in London and confirmed that they do not have one of these in their display. Nor do the Red Arrows!!!

Not bad for a picture picked up from the museum at RAF Manston many moons ago.

Very nice. Probably worth a fair bit too.


Getting back to the Dubai ceremony I saw a clip on the news. I though the A380 looked really impressive, even flying over the huge QE2.

Shame it wasnt a Concorde though like in your photo.  Sad


User currently offlineEmirates2005 From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 238 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 5900 times:

Hello one and all!

Have seen her arrive yesterday. The Emirates A380 did not only do one, but several fly-pasts QE2. It was great to see the 2 giants together and compare the scales.

ArabianBusiness.com a local business newspaper was there. Here is the link to the pictures.

QE2 and the A380  hyper   bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5766 times:



Quoting SpeedBirdA380 (Reply 4):
Sad to think only the Red Arrows are the only ones in that photo still going strong today

If I am not mistaken AF and BA have 1 concorde kept in flying order for those special events...

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User currently offlineDC10BHX From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5679 times:



Quoting EK413 (Reply 15):


Quoting SpeedBirdA380 (Reply 4):
Sad to think only the Red Arrows are the only ones in that photo still going strong today

If I am not mistaken AF and BA have 1 concorde kept in flying order for those special events...

EK413

Unfortunatley not  Sad

I don't think either Airline could have hidden one of their fleet from the a-nutter community!!!



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User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5633 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 15):

If I am not mistaken AF and BA have 1 Concorde kept in flying order for those special events...

Sorry but I think you are mistaken. If they do have one kept in flying order its certainly news to me!

Quoting DC10BHX (Reply 16):
Unfortunatley not Sad

I don't think either Airline could have hidden one of their fleet from the a-nutter community!!!

Well put. Even If they had kept one flying in secret they would not be able to fool this community!

[Edited 2008-11-27 03:22:52]

User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1763 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5391 times:
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Quoting SpeedBirdA380 (Reply 17):
Sorry but I think you are mistaken. If they do have one kept in flying order its certainly news to me!

If what I've read in other posts is correct, there's one kept maintained by volunteer mechanics, but as the aircraft's certificate is no longer valid, it's no longer airworthy.

(although, if kept maintained, if you wanted to ignore the law, you could probably take it for a spin ...)

Maybe there's a loophole in the future for an experimental status, like the Vulcan, but without deep pockets (and we're talking tens or hundreds of millions) don't hold your breath.

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