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northwestEWR
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First Revenue A380 Flight

Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:17 pm

i was woundering when and where the first revenue flight using the a380 is going and how much a ticket would cost

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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:34 pm

The first aircraft will be delivered to SQ, I have no clue how much a ticket will be. Check their website, it will probably be in the same range (not adjusted for inflation and all that other econ crap).
 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sat Oct 09, 2004 2:07 pm

do you know on what route it will be used on for the first time and possibly a date

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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sat Oct 09, 2004 2:15 pm

Look for the first revenue flight to most likely be SIN-LHR.
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sat Oct 09, 2004 2:30 pm

does anyone know about when this flight will take place ?
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sat Oct 09, 2004 4:35 pm

QF are ment to get their frist A380 in november 2006, after maybe a month of training/testing etc I would expect that it gets deployed straight to LHR, as that would be a fairly busy time of year with alot of people wanting to go to/from london/australia
 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sat Oct 09, 2004 4:41 pm

lets see the bloody thing fly first........hopefully i will be there to see the test flight..!
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 2:48 am

It is stated in the Air.net aircraft statistics pages that the A380 will enter service in March 2006. Almost another 2½ years to go!

I wonder how long it will take SQ for their crews and the airports to familiarise themselves with operations of the mega carrier.

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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 3:03 am

All I can say for sure is: as soon as it is flying between the states and London, THIS guy will be on it ASAP. I can hardly wait.

I flew the 747 on TWA back on the 2nd day they used it for a domestic route. It was brand new and eye-popping to everyone at JFK looking at it out the concourse windows. I'll be on the A-380 as soon as I can after it starts the US-London route!
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 3:06 am

I think it will be some while after the A380 enters service that it starts the US-London route. IIRC Virgin is the only airline flying US-London that has confirmed orders, but did they not put back delivery dates as LAX will not be geared in time to receive A380s?

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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 4:12 am

BCAL

I'm nitpicking but March 2006 is only 18 month to go not 2.5 years!

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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 4:16 am

I'm looking forward to the LHR mega-meet when the first revenue A380 come into land!
 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 4:17 am

If SQ take the first production 380, I'd expect a repeat of the A345 introduction where it first flies on regionals as proving/running in flights to get the airport, crews and cabin staff used to the beast.
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 5:16 am

Given this a completely new design, expect some teething problems when it is first pressed into service. I remember both the A330s and A340s had this problem.
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 9:31 am

SQ has confirmed their first A380 revenue flights will be to NRT, until subsequent aircraft arrive when SQ will simultaneously launch same day services to LHR and SYD. Advised about two weeks ago from SQ Asia/Pacifc marketing.

I would at least wait until the A380 flights a first loaded into a GDS system though before booking anything though. Even then its not GTD. plenty of people tried that when JQ started with the new A320's and all they got was the B717.

 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 10:07 am

what airports are A380 "ready", or which ones are in the process of getting ready. Also what changes are being made to accomodate it at those airports?
 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 11:48 am

I'm saving up my airline points to redeem a First Class ticket on SQ. Should be swell.

Fares would remain similar to current fares. The plane isn't any faster... it's just bigger.
 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 12:18 pm

MEL is completing the runway widening works mid 2005, with terminal changes ready by Nov 2005. The airport will be ready for the A380 by Dec 2005, and SQ take delivery in March 2006, for May 2004 scheduled commercial flights.

MEL will be the first Australian airport that is A380 ready.
 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 12:52 pm

what about like the gates and boarding areas (size)??
 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Sun Oct 10, 2004 1:30 pm

Any idea if the 380 is going to come to MEX? Whuch airline could bring it?
 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Mon Oct 11, 2004 4:21 am

777heavy

Thanks for the correction. Must have had too much to drink when I counted the months!

Cheers

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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Mon Oct 11, 2004 5:52 am

Hopefully IB will bring the A380 to MEX and with me in it. Big grin

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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Mon Oct 11, 2004 9:00 am

Erj145lr,

Runway widening to 75 metres. 60 metre width with 7.5 metres additional windblast.

Terminal will have two dedicated A380 gates, with appropriate air bridges.
There will also be two A380 parking positions

Terminal work includes an additional baggage belt.


 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Mon Oct 11, 2004 10:25 pm

It will be very interesting to see which airline will fly the A380-800 to the USA first. I'm still (figuratively) putting my money on SQ (Singapore Airlines), which will switch from the 747-400 to the A388 on the SQ Flight 001/002 route (SIN to SFO and back via HKG) probably sometime during the second half of 2006. Why SFO? It's probably the ONLY airport right now in the USA that is truly A388-ready (the gates at the end of G concourse have the 80 x 80 meter spacing, and SFO just recently upgraded their runway/taxiway configuration to accommodate the wider stance of the A388).
 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Mon Oct 11, 2004 10:36 pm

It will be very interesting to see which airline will fly the A380-800 to the USA first

My bet is that it will be Lufthansa or possibly Air France. Both have firm orders and somewhere I read that Lufty will place the A380 on the Frankfurt/JFK route.



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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Mon Oct 11, 2004 10:50 pm

BCAL,

However, both LH (Lufthansa) and AF (Air France) won't get their A380-800's until some time in 2007. SQ (Singapore Airlines), on the other hand, will have a large proportion of their A388 fleet delivered by the end of 2006, which means they'll have enough planes to start flying the SQ 001/002 route some time in the second half of 2006 (they'll need it; SQ 001/002--especially the sector between HKG and SFO--is HUGELY lucrative to that airline).
 
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RE: First Revenue A380 Flight

Mon Oct 11, 2004 10:58 pm

RayChuang

I agree it looks more likely that SQ will be the first on the Pacific side of US, but my money is on Lufty or Air France being the first on the Atlantic side.

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