andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8512 posts, RR: 10 Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 17036 times:
I wasn't sure if was seeing things the other day when I saw a chubby looking EK aircraft climbing out of JNB but this morning there they were.... EK docked at the gate, LH and AF on the opposite side, literally within spitting distance of the main highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria.
When approaching the airport from Pretoria you drive straight at the 2 380s parked side by side and nose-on to the highway. Quite an impressive sight!
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Brenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1816 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 15772 times:
When I left JNB on 10/1 I thought I was seeing things when I saw the EK A380 parked at the gate -- after checking in and walking down to my "little" CX 747, I saw that part of the terminal area had been cordoned off, there were black curtains everywhere and what sounded like speeches being made ...
When I arrived back in Taipei, I was going to ask about it -- but noticed that someone else had commented that EK had started flying the A380 to JNB on ... 10/1! I'd had the good fortune to see the inaugural. Sadly though, I was unable to get any photos.
So, on any given day, you should be able to see the AF, LH and EK A380s clumped together -- and if AF is having a bad time again, 2x AF A380s!
byronicle6 From Australia, joined Oct 2011, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 14861 times:
Quoting louA340 (Reply 7): Wow! That's definitely a great sight. Is JNB the second most visited airport by A380's after LHR? In terms of airports that do not have an A380 operator as a hub like DXB, SYD, FRA, etc.
SAA738 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2009, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 12950 times:
I caught 3 in a row at JNB on the 27th July 2011 (two months before EK starting sending theirs). One of the Air France ones was delayed 24 hours from the previous day due to technical reasons. All three departed an hour or two after I took this pic :
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sk907 From Norway, joined Aug 1999, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 12731 times:
I stayed at Protea O R Tambo at JNB in September 2010. I had a room facing the apron and had a wonderful view of A380s as well as more 'exotic' airlines we don't see in Europe. This was my best stay at any airport hotel to date.
simplikate From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8477 times:
Thanks for the pics guys. Even when I saw the title for this thread I instantly knew how much I would enjoy it. Posts like this is why I visit A.net every day. I did get to see 2 LH388s at MIA due to delay and couldn't snap a pic without crashing my car.
flyingalex From Germany, joined Jul 2010, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6280 times:
Quoting SAA738 (Reply 15): Estimated to arrive 746 minutes (just over 12 hours) late.
They had a problem after one of their A380s returned to Singapore a few days ago (I don't know why). The aircraft ended up coming in to Frankfurt very late, and the JNB route is the only one that has enough slack to try to "catch up" with the schedule.
If you have one aircraft 12 hours behind schedule today, send it to JNB and the planned 9-hour layover will mean it will come back with only 4-5 hours of delay for the next day.
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seabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 6665 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5204 times:
JNB is one of the most perfect places in the world to send A380s... plenty of demand coupled with a very narrow range of commercially acceptable flight timings to both Europe and Asia. I think it will be A380 heaven for many years. Happy spotting!
Departures from DXB:
DXBJNB flight 761 at 04:40 (block 8:10) (end of the 2am to 4am departure bank) arrive 10:40am
DXBJNB flight 763 at 10:15am (7am to 11am departure bank for EK) arrives 16:25
DXBJNB flight 765 at 14:40 (2pm to 5pm departure bank for EK) arrive 20:50
None in the 9pm to midnight Departure bank
Arrivals at DXB:
JNBDXB flight 764 at 05:15 (early part of 4am to 7am arrival bank) depart: 19:15
JNBDXB flight 766 at 08:20 (end of 4am to 7am arrival bank... yea... times are rounded) departed 22:20
None in the 11am to 2pm arrival bank for EK (caters to the secondary European departures)
None in the 3pm to 9pm arrival bank for EK (low value arrivals)
JNBDXB flight 762 at 00:10 (Mid to late 10pm to 1am arrival bank) departed 14:10
By the above numbers, a departure in EK's 9pm to midnight bank would arrive 3am to 6am. Quite possible
For arrivals, The 11am to 2pm bank would depart at 5am to 8am. Also possible
For the 3pm to 9pm arrival bank, it would be a 9am to 3pm departure. Also possible.
So while it is impressive JNB sees multiple A380s, I am wondering when EK will serve the airport with a 4th daily.
With a new flight landing in JNB at 5am to 6am and departing JNB 7am to 8am (quick turn).
Quoting flyingalex (Reply 17): and the JNB route is the only one that has enough slack to try to "catch up" with the schedule.
I'm curious how other airlines are operating their A380s to handle 'slack.' AF and KE simply do not have large enough fleets to have much slack available.