This week’s Flight International has a special 30-page special feature on the Airbus A380. While I was slightly disappointed that it mostly focussed on the technical side of things instead of sales and operational, it nonetheless makes an excellent read and is worth purchasing.
Anyway, here are the key pieces of information I noted in the in the 3 page Operators section.
Airline Delivery Dates:
Singapore Airlines: March 2006
Virgin Atlantic: July 2006
Emirates: October 2006
Qantas: November 2006
Air France: November 2006
[ILFC]: June 2007
Lufthansa: September 2007
Malaysia Airlines: ? 2007
FedEx: August 2008
Qatar Airways: ? 2008
[I was very surprised to see Virgin Atlantic as the second operator and not Emirates as was so widely reported]
- 2 in 2006, 2 in 2007 and 2 in 2008.
- Initial destinations following delivery of the first two in will be New York JFK
and Los Angeles.
- In year two, Washington Dulles and San Francisco. Asian destinations such as Tokyo Narita could also be considered.
- Perhaps South Africa in year three.
- Virgin’s planes will be equipped with upwards of 500 seats and it expects most airlines to install 520 to 540 seats. We shouldn’t expect too many novel innovations. Any new products installed in the A380 must be applicable on the A340s and B747s too.
- Dubai’s new terminal, exclusively for EK
, will have 23 A380 compatible stands with double level jetties.
- The upper deck will be configured entirely with F and C Class cabins and since the new concourse(s) will have premium lounges on the top floor, it will be possible for lounge users to board directly to the upper deck of A380.
- Airbus predicts LHR
will be second only to Tokyo Narita in the number of A380s it handles through 2019.
- Terminal 5 will have 10 A380 compatible stands with two level jetties. 4 remote stands also being constructed.
- By the time the A380 enters service, Terminal 3 will have 4 A380 stands each with two jetties, including one capable of reaching the upper deck. 4 more jetty stands should be completed by 2008.
- Plans for Terminal 4 (from where Qantas operates) have not been finalised but Flight International understands it will initially have one A380 stand.
- The A380 will only be able to use the Southern runway (27L/09R) since work on the Northern one won’t be completed until 2008.
’s runways currently operate in segregated mode to provide noise relied for residents. How will the A380 get around this until 2008?]
- New York JFK
, Miami and San Francisco have all submitted their MoS packages for FAA evaluation and are confident they will be ready in time. However, there are some concerns about Los Angeles, an early destination for Virgin, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and maybe Emirates.
- Sydney has upgraded its master plan to include more gates and upper level jetties and the airside upgrade at Paris CDG
has already begun.
- Other early airports such as Dubai, Hong Kong, Tokyo Narita, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore are preparing “without major issue”.