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ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld

Sun May 27, 2018 9:18 pm

Attention all spotters, On July 13, Etihad will send a one off A380 charter service to Berlin Schoenefeld Airport. What sort of charter that needs an A380 with 496 seats? The A380 will be heading back to AUH on July 15.


Source: https://twitter.com/Airlineroute
 
Obzerva
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Re: ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld

Sun May 27, 2018 10:35 pm

It will be Flight Centre’s global conference which is in Berlin that weekend.

With the demise of AB the only other one stop combination from Australia to Berlin are QR and TR, so a larger charter aircraft would be required.
EY is also historically a major sponsor of the gathering.

Previously NZ has been used for charters.
 
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Re: ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld

Sun May 27, 2018 10:40 pm

Intresting! I know Etihad is a bit in trouble but wouldn’t have thought an A380 would be easily available for charter activities.
 
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Re: ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld

Sun May 27, 2018 10:51 pm

senatorflyer wrote:
Intresting! I know Etihad is a bit in trouble but wouldn’t have thought an A380 would be easily available for charter activities.


I think this would have been locked in a long time ago.
I recall when the conference was in MFM, they had CX not operate the overnight HKG-MEL commercial flight, and they simply positioned the empty aircraft HKG-MFM then charter MFM-MEL, it was then able to continue on regular passenger schedule back to HKG.

Similarly, they also had VA do a charter LAX-CUN a different year when the VA 777 is usually parked during the day at LAX. NZ ran an AKL-CUN direct the same year too.

If you book far enough in advance, there’s little commercial passenger disruption.
 
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Re: ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld

Mon May 28, 2018 12:21 am

The charter will be originating in SYD and operating SYD-AUH-SXF (and return).

This was organised more than 12 months in advance, so EY have had plenty of time to plan their utilisation to accommodate what is effectively a 6 day charter (leaves SYD on 11 July and arrives back on 17 July). All airlines have enough slack in their fleet for maintenance etc that with enough notice (and enough money!) this can be easily accommodated.
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Re: ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld

Mon May 28, 2018 6:57 am

EY will bend over backwards for Flight Centre.
 
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Re: ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld

Mon May 28, 2018 7:07 am

Ryanair01 wrote:
EY will bend over backwards for Flight Centre.


Probably because Flight Centre is a massive travel agency in Australia and around the world and would contribute 10's of millions of dollars to EY's revenue every year?
 
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Re: ETIHAD A380 to Berlin Schoenefeld

Mon May 28, 2018 8:52 am

And another round of A380s for Germany!

Emirates just announced the first and only scheduled service to HAM airport with A380, daily, from 29th of October.

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