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Airbus A380 Demo Flight Trip Report HKG-HKG  
User currently onlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1696 posts, RR: 65
Posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Hi All

I was invited by Airbus to sample the A380 from Hong Kong to Hong Kong. The purpose of this flight is to demostrate the A380 to Asian and local media. This is the first demo flight of A380 taking place in Asia with actual passenger onboard.

24 March 2007
AIB203/LH8948
F-WWJB, A380-841
Captain Jacques Rosay
POB 109/519 capacity
ETD 1400 Local
ATD 1600 Local (2 hr delay)
ATA 1800 Local
Gate 62 @HKIA

The inbound A380 flight from Frankfurt carried a full load of invited guest were delayed 2+hrs from 9am arrival to 1230 arrival. (Rumor to be hydraulic problem!!) so our demo flight departure time has been pushed 2 hours further. I received a call from Airbus PR in the morning and head to the airport at 1:30pm. Check in was at Aisle G at Lufthansa counter and there is a flight reception at Gate 62 with light refreshment, flight briefing took place before boarding at 3:30pm.



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Parked at Gate 62

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Airbus VP giving media flight briefing.

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F-WWJB msn007 configuration
F 12 C 61 Y 436 total 519

Main Deck 319 seats Upper deck 200 seats.


Onboard Pictures

http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_2972.jpg
First Class, I like the purple colors.

http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_2978.jpg
Quite similar to Etihad's Business class on 77W.


http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_2991.jpg


I sat in First Class seat 3A. The flight actually was a free seating flight, with many local media board straight onto upper deck using another aerobridge and helping themselve seating in Economy. There were few First Class seats left and I was quite surprised. Seems some of the local TV crew never done interview on planes, not knowing what's the best seat to enjoy  Wink

Departing Hong Kong

Pushback at 1600 ontime.
Runway 25L at 1610 local time.

http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_3000.jpg

http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_3005.jpg


You can see the outside view from the tail mounted camera, what a beast!!!!


Inflight

Seat Belt sign were turned off ASAP so letting all the media member can freely move around the cabin and do the filming work. I was invited to the cockpit (by knowing Jacques Rosay in Toulouse and Sydney) and seated with the crew for a bit


http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_3009.jpg


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Some testing in the cabin.


After sat in the cockpit, I gave up my seat for some cabin photos

First, the upper deck


http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_3126.jpg
Business Class, lie flat style , similar to LH (or may be the same)


http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_3028.jpg
2-4-2 Upper deck economy. lot of leg room actually, 36+pitch.


http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_3050.jpg



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Swirly stairs to lower deck at the rear of upper deck.


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Main Deck economy 3-4-3, same 10 abreast seating like the B747.



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Back to my first Class seat now after a whole walk thru the plane. Bellinger Champagne and Canapes were served by Airbus crew.


http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_3106.jpg
Massive Wing


http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_3131.jpg

Front staircase to upper deck.


After 1 hour 45 mins flight around Hong Kong at FL310. We started descend, intially to FL150. I took my jumpseat.


http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_3150.jpg

But later I was told another media member had pre-booked the jumpseat in advance so i have to give up my privilage. No problem. I was slightly disappointed at first but knowing what is yours will always comes around. I am sure I will get the chance again in the future.

We landed Hong Kong on Rwy 25R during the evening at 1758 and taxiied to the gate right on block at 1800 local time.
Overall the flight was a success, extremely smooth, powetful, quieter and handled turbulence very well (much better than the long tube A340-600). It is certainly the next generation of travel.

http://samchuiphotos.com/HKA380/DSC_3156.jpg


I would like to thank Airbus for this rare opportunity. Quite surprisngly I found myself was the only Australian media/reporter on this trip with the rest heavily focused on the Australian Air Show at Avalon.


I hope you like my simple photo trip report. Since the flight time was rather short, so there isn't any need of going into details in length.

For any picture usage permission issues, please kindly email me.

Sam Chui

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User currently offlineSudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Sam,

Very interesting to read and see.

As you have flown in most First Class sections out there, what was your overall feeling?
Is this layout just for this media flight, or will this interior actually be fitted for LH?

Thanks!

Aim for the sky!
Sudden



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User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 759 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Thanks a lot for this fabulous report Big grin
I can hardly wait for my first trip in the 380, it sure looks like the way to travel  Smile

Stein



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User currently offlineVirgin747LGW From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

the pic of the onboard cameras shows just how big the bloody wing is!

User currently offline9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2110 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What an experience! I am glad to sample what's instore for future air travel with you. I am really looking forward for the A388 to enter service.  wave 

User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2971 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Didn't meet you Sam, I was on that flight as well! My photos are here!
KongHong



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User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

amazing! this is what i love about a.net...if something happens in aviation, one of us is there to snap a shot or two!

even as a major boeing fan...i still want to ride on one!



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User currently onlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1696 posts, RR: 65
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Hi Sudden

the First class is quite ordinary but this is Airbus standard not airline standard. Can only imagine what Emirates can bring....would love the concept of individual or duo suites.

Cricket

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User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5861 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

well done mate! thanks for the MSN link, i remember you telling me about this flight last week, great to see it was a success!


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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
Quite surprisngly I found myself was the only Australian media/reporter

I'm pretty sure if Qantas was doing this the Australian media would have flocked to the Route Proving event.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Well done Sam. I like the photos and it looks roomy. This TR has changed my opinion about the A380.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2990 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

great pictures Sam (but I didn't expect anything else from you  Smile )

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Great pic's and report Sam, very nice, can't wait to get on one myself.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi thanks for the great pics and TR . It really looks amazing. I cant wait until my first A380 flight on SQ .

User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2504 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

I thought the tail camera was a cool addition, particularly when you can watch it while airborne (you can make the image out on some of the ceiling mounted monitors). While the aircraft looks great inside and out, I'd prefer that Airbus and its customers work out the kinks prior to 777fan getting onboard!


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User currently offlineCoTXDFW777AA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 32767 times:

Well, I will not lie I doubted it, and said some unkind things, but Wow! I got my first model in the mail this weekend, and am already starting a fund for a trip to ride one! Here here to two manufacturers and innovation!


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User currently offlineNetdhaka From Bangladesh, joined Feb 2004, 183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Really nice pics. The interior looks really bright. The view from the tail camera is awesome as well. Inside looks really modern.

User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4513 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Sam...thanks for this report! Awesome - the aircraft looks great from the inside. I see they've adopted 777-style bins that fold into the ceiling as opposed to the A330/A340 ones that hang down from the ceiling. Should be good.

Wonder if operators will actually maintain the 36" pitch when the aircraft enters commercial service.



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User currently offlineMidcon385 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent and amazing as always, Sam! Great honor to be on one of these early A380 flights and I am glad you were able to enjoy it!

Tim



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User currently onlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1696 posts, RR: 65
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Thanks everyone.

Stylo777.

Great Report you posted. I am in China at the moment, so when I return home next week I will link some of my video onboard and from the cockpit as well.

777fan.

Absolutely right. Actually there were 3 camera view, 1 is from tail mounted, 1 is downward camera and last is from forward camera. You get to view any of 3 on the PTV system onboard.

VH-VXB
actually this flight is for Asian media only. There will be separate flight later this year for Australian media.

The 2 hrs flight serve as a good sampler, it is particularly enjoyable with only 20% full of capacity so you get plenty of leg room to move around for better pictures. Will post for more later. Finally I've flown an A380.....time travelling fast.

Cheers everyone  Smile

Sam


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great pics, how was landing and takeoff? Which altitude was it cruising at?

User currently offlineGemini573 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 17):
I see they've adopted 777-style bins that fold into the ceiling as opposed to the A330/A340 ones that hang down from the ceiling. Should be good.

I noticed too that Airbus adopted the 777 style lockers. If you look in coach, they use the standard airbus bins. I wonder why they didn't use the 777 lockers for Y class?


User currently onlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1696 posts, RR: 65
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:
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Flight Level 310. Max speed Mach 0.85 for the demo flight.

Sam


User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks a lot for sharing your great pics and commentary with us, I enjoyed reading it

Mike



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User currently offlineGkyip From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Good trip report, and very lucky for flying on this marvellous piece of engineering!

A few questions, is HKG all setup for the A380, meaning do all gates have the ability to handle the aircraft? It looks from the pictures that all they are doing is just elevating the second of the two fingers up to the level of the upper deck. Or are there only a few gates at HKG that allow the A380? Being a frequent flyer to HKG I am intruiged to know which gates would be used!

Again, great trip report and good pictures!

Gary



The strength of the turbulence is directly proportional to the temperature of your coffee
25 Christao17 : Very nice, Sam. Thanks for the sneak peak. Can't wait for the A380 to enter service and to take a ride on it.
26 Post contains images Cricket : I was the fat, ugly Indian journalist! There will be another trip the big plane will make to Asia and Australia later this year before it goes into s
27 BrianDromey : They have 777 style bins on the lower deck only. Even in Y. The 'normal' airbus bins are fitted only on te upper deck. BTW great TR, I cant wait to t
28 MSNYX : Great report as usual, Sam! I was wondering, how big are the windows on the 380, the cut-out in the paneling looks quite big, but it looks to me as if
29 Post contains images Af773atmsp : Nice photos. The camera view on the tail looks awesome!
30 N178UA : MSNYX, I think the A380 window are not as big as the one currently on B747 but bigger than A340-600. Sam
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