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First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:00 am

Hello fellows,

Visit http://www.elcolombiano.com

The first pic of the A380 landing in MDE (Medellin, Colombia) just came out!!

Amazing!
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:12 am

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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:21 am

Good shot. Congrats to our Colombian friends...
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:35 am

Nice shot. Which one is it?
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colo

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:39 am

That shots needs a little CCW rotation.

I translated the first paragraph to English using Google, pretty funny:

In the middle of the overwhelmed glance of more than five thousand people whom they did not love to lose the arrival of Airbus 380, the greatest airplane of the world, afternoon landed east Tuesday to 3:25 of in the track of the international airport Jose Maria Córdova, located in the municipality of Rionegro.

Harry

[Edited 2006-01-10 23:42:09]
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:42 am

It gets better looking every time I see it.

Shame it didn't have the Airbus livery to brighten it up a bit.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:43 am

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 3):
Nice shot. Which one is it?

If you mean which ac, it is F-WWDD c/n 004, all white as the Emirates stickers have been removed.
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:43 am

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 3):
Nice shot. Which one is it?

If you mean, the picture, it is from the newspaper "ElColombiano.com", the source is Reuters.

Or if you are refering to which airplane is it, then it is FWW-DD or MSN004.

Check the last part of this thread: A380 In Colombia, Soon! (by Bongo Jan 4 2006 in Civil Aviation)
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:23 am

Hey fellows,

If you click on the front-page picture of the A380 landing (http://www.elcolombiano.com), a report will open with three more pictures.

The third one of the engine close-up with the guy nearby is astonishing!

That bird is really huge!
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:39 am

Mine here, a little blurry because the batteries died on me so I had to hurry and there was pushing and all... I'll try to take some the next days







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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:59 am

Let's stay on topic here and keep those kind of "jokes" to the non-aviation forum. Looking forward to more nice A380 photos in Colombia. Take lots of photos as this is the only you get to see the A380 in Colombia or anywhere in South America and the Caribbean. You must be very lucky the A380 is doing test flights in Colombia! Big grin

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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:03 am

Quoting A388 (Reply 18):
Let's stay on topic here

Thanks.

Anyway, is it really confirmed that LPB won't be next destination to the A380??

Has Airbus said anything on this, or is just plain speculation??

BTW, what exact testing will be done to the ac?? Does that include a few takeoffs and landings?? If so, great opportunities for pictures.


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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:09 am

My question is this...

Why fly it there period???

Is this a 'range thing'?

Because we know there's no way on earth AV is gonna place an order for any! It'll be awhile before they ever give a '747-class (or larger) a serious thought. Don't get me wrong, I think AV's colors on the 747 was one of the best ones out there... I hated to see it go!


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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colo

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:15 am

Quoting BN747 (Reply 20):
Why fly it there period???

Because they need to test it in a high and hot Airport and they saw MDE as fit for it period (yes, no BOG, no MEX, no DEN, no UIO).

About the range, well... it's the longest flight the Airplane has flown until now for what I know.

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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:16 am

Quoting BN747 (Reply 20):

Maybe combined range and altitude in one shot. Just guessing.

RCN TV just said that after MED, the A380 will fly to Martinica, and at the end of the month, to Canada. No official words on this however.

Quoting BN747 (Reply 20):
Because we know there's no way on earth AV is gonna place an order for any

For sure AV won`t place an order for one of these. Maybe an A350, but I guess they`ll keep their fleet needs satisfied with Boeing airframes. Probably a 787?? I think it's already been discussed on another thread.


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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:18 am

Quoting 757MDE (Reply 21):
Because they need to test it in a high and hot Airport and they saw MDE as fit for it period (yes, no BOG, no MEX, no DEN, no UIO).

Excellent answer.. thanks! I guess if I would have given it a bit more of a thought... I would have seen the light...

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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:20 am

Quoting BN747 (Reply 20):
Is this a 'range thing'?

I think its a High Altitude thing. Well it seems that way.
I am surprised they cancelled La Paz. Was the altitude too much or something?
What is the altitude of MDE?
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:21 am

The A380 is only performing some tests while in Colombia, it's no sales tour. The weather conditions and surrounding mountanious areas were probably the reason why Colombia was picked. The aircraft's range is probably also a factor as Colombia is the 'closest' South American country within the reach of the A380 non-stop. There are not many diversion airports in South America that could handle/accomodate the A380 as well. All these factors might have played a role in Airbus' decision making for these test. Just my opinion.

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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:24 am

What is the elevation of Medellin above sea level and what sort of temperatures this time of year?

On a different note, did Airbus test the 380 for hot weather conditions while in Dubai?
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:25 am

Quoting 777jaah (Reply 22):
For sure AV won`t place an order for one of these. Maybe an A350, but I guess they`ll keep their fleet needs satisfied with Boeing airframes. Probably a 787?? I think it's already been discussed on another thread.

787 most likely for AV--I agree. A350 only if they are severely discounted enough to make it beneficial to change suppliers. Interesting to see the A380 there, but the altitude is 5 000 feet. Surely, they could have squeezed Bolivia in there for 10 000 feet testing, no?

Info:
http://www.answers.com/topic/medell-n

Next, they should be go to Safford, AZ, for short field ops testing on 75' wide runways at 2 900 feet.
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:32 am

Quoting Hagic (Reply 8):
The third one of the engine close-up with the guy nearby is astonishing!

That photo really does put the size of this monster in perspective. Holy cow this is one HUGE bird.  eyepopping  Can't wait to see one in person
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colo

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:33 am

Quoting Centrair (Reply 24):
I think its a High Altitude thing. Well it seems that way.
I am surprised they cancelled La Paz. Was the altitude too much or something?
What is the altitude of MDE?



Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 26):
What is the elevation of Medellin above sea level and what sort of temperatures this time of year?

On a different note, did Airbus test the 380 for hot weather conditions while in Dubai?


Quoting ER757 (Reply 28):
but the altitude is 5 000 feet

it is a high altitude thing.
MDE is 7024 feet high. It's not the highest, UIO, MEX or BOG (and LPB where it was supposed to go as well) are higher, but they can't receive the plane either due to heavy traffic or problems with infrastructure.
I don't know the temperatures those days exactly, the only thing I can say is that I'm currently sunburned from today's spotting.
I think Dubai was more of a show than a test I think, and if they tested it there it wasn't that high I think.

I don't know why it isn't going to La Paz exactly, maybe 123 could enlighten us.

As I said, MDE is 7024 feet. Medellin has two Airports, one is Olaya Herrera regional, it's located in downtown (like London City), it's a small Airport and the biggest plane that lands there is an ERJ-145 (and the presidential BBJ), it's 4900 feet high, that's the Airport ER757 is talking about.
It's codes are SKMD/EOH

The A380 landed at Jose María Cordova Airport, it's located outside Medellín in a mid sized city called Rionegro (think of Vantaa in Helsinki). It's the International Airport of the City and the one that handles the big guys (well, bigger than an ERJ-145... MD-80s, 757s, 767s, DC-8s... etc, F-50s as well)
This one Airport is where the A380 landed, it's 7024 feet high and has all the capabilities as shown.
It's codes are SKRG/MDE.

If you have Google Earth, what I'm saying is perfectly noticeable there.

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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:33 am

Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 26):
What is the elevation of Medellin above sea level

This is what I found.
Elevation: 1490 meters (4888 feet)
Looks like its average temperature is around 22C/72~73F

http://www.climate-zone.com/climate/colombia/celsius/medellin.htm
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:34 am

Seeing that plane in LPB would have really been something. That is one of the sleepiest airports I have ever been to. I was excited to know they were even considering it! To my knowledge, only the 757 was taken there for high altitude testing. Does anyone know of any other commercial aircraft that have done testing at LPB?
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:44 am

...May Be a little of topic, but since all colOmbian a.netters are gathered here, I would like to take the opportunity. So please, don't flame me!!  flamed .

What happened with the Fokker F100 of Avianca. They were supposed to arrive today to Colombia. Any info?
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:45 am

Now that LA PAZ is canceled, they should make a stop here in UIO  Smile hehehe
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:02 am

Jose Maria Cordova SKRG is better suited for flight testing and certification purposes of its performance under these specific conditions, because of its high elevation of 7025ft above sea level and the average 22°C high temperature conditions for that elevation of ISA +20. Plus the fact that it has only early, mid and late day high peak volume of major traffic operations; allowing and giving the A380 to operate within the airport and the flight tests around the airport certain freedom of scheduling them without undue waste of time during the off peak low traffic hours of operations during the day.

SKRG has an 11483ft/3500m long runway, its width is 148ft/45m also serving the purpose of demonstrating and operating the A380 in smaller than average airports where it will operate eventually in the future.

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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:25 am

If anyone knows what the routing will be when the A380 will head back to Europe (ETD's and flight paths), please let me know.

A388  Smile
 
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:33 am

A388:

Quoting 777jaah (Reply 22):
RCN TV just said that after MED, the A380 will fly to Martinica, and at the end of the month, to Canada.

Nothing official from Airbus.
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Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:03 am

777jaah,

Dont worry about it, you will never help them to understand anything about the world outside their own boarder. I live in Hong Kong (China) and read the crap on this site they post about China.

NO I'M NOT CHINESE.

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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:09 am

Quoting 757MDE (Reply 21):
About the range, well... it's the longest flight the Airplane has flown until now for what I know.

TLS-MDE is 8477 km, but it's not the longest leg flown by an A380 so far.
TLS-SIN is significantly longer at 10921 km, and they have flown that on the Asian tour.

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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:32 am

MEX is at 2308 mts. (7572 ft) with an average temperature for Jan of 14 celcius or 58 F, however, this year we've seen lows of 0 celsius or 32f. It is certainly surrounded by mountains.

So I guess we are good for the high, but not the hot. Aside from that, I agree with some that Airbus needed a field without much movement within and around. Also, crowds might have played a role in the decision too.

Planespotting, at least you had the dignity and decency to apologize for your "joke". You need to know, that sadly as it is, Colombia is no longer the big exporter of Cocaine. It is Mexico. Plus, it no longer goes to the US, it stays here too. We were the number one nation in the world last year in terms of Per Capita drug consumption growth.

To the rest of you and your moronic comments about this issue, you should follow Planespotting and apologize for your false stereotypes, misinformation and insulting statements.
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:45 am

Quoting A360 (Reply 44):
TLS-MDE is 8477 km, but it's not the longest leg flown by an A380 so far.

So it flew n/s to MDE? Any news on whne it will come to the US(in particular LAX)?
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:54 am

There they go again with that Eurowhite scheme. When will they ever learn? Any guess as to which LatAm airports will see A380 service in the future? I can see LH or AF possibly serving GRU or MEX but do these airports have the infrastructure in place to accomodate such a huge bird?
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:59 am

Quoting PLANEGUY (Reply 47):
Any guess as to which LatAm airports will see A380 service in the future? I can see LH or AF possibly serving GRU or MEX but do these airports have the infrastructure in place to accomodate such a huge bird?

Good question, I was wondering that myself. GRU and MEX sound like good candidates to me. SCL may also be a possible A380 city but this is in the longer term in my opinion. GRU and MEX might see the A380 sooner than SCL does. Just my thaughts.

A388

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Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:12 pm

Quoting A360 (Reply 44):
TLS-MDE is 8477 km, but it's not the longest leg flown by an A380 so far.
TLS-SIN is significantly longer at 10921 km, and they have flown that on the Asian tour.

ok, I stand corrected then, what I read wasn't enough hehe.

Quoting MD90fan (Reply 46):
So it flew n/s to MDE? Any news on whne it will come to the US(in particular LAX)?

Yes it did fly non-stop to MDE.
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:15 pm

Quoting A388 (Reply 48):
GRU and MEX might see the A380 sooner than SCL does. Just my thaughts.

I think in Brazil, GIG actually has more of a chance to get A380 service than GRU. CDG-GIG is one of the most lucrative routes for AF, flown with a daily 744. I wouldn't discard the possibility of FRA-GRU on LH with an A380, but from what I hear their yields aren't as good.
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 12:34 pm

Without a hump, that plane looks small. If I saw it landing at my airport, I wouldn't look twice. It just doesn't catch the eye. I can't wait for the extended version. That version looks squat and dumpy.
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 1:03 pm

I like this pic with an AV plane:



Well, it is definitely F-WWDD:

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Wed Jan 11, 2006 1:49 pm

Churchill, Manitoba... Here we come! (errr, fly I mean!)
Cold weather testing baby!


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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 2:03 pm

According to el Tiempo the whalejet will perform two testflights each day, Non scheduled for security reasons.

Thanks guy. I hope they accept them in the Database.

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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 2:09 pm

May I ask, why are folks here posting that the A380 won't go to LPB? Has there been an official announcement that MDE is their only high-altitude testing airport? I was expecting them to go after MDE to Bolivia, for it doesn't seem just right that they can get certification for having done tests at a city that's around 5,000 feet... when there are other airports that are higher and that perhaps will see a more "regular" A380 service (MEX for example)... Anyways, I really want to know from a reliable source that the tests will not be done in LPB anymore..
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:11 pm

Quoting 757MDE (Reply 13):
Quoting BN747 (Reply 20):
Why fly it there period???

Because they need to test it in a high and hot Airport and they saw MDE as fit for it period (yes, no BOG, no MEX, no DEN, no UIO).

Slightly cheaper airport fees maybe?

Great scenery at MDE. What's the biggest plane that ever lands there, 767?


I agree it would've been a lot better with at least Airbus stickers on there! I guess Airbus doesn't want any publicity on these test flights for whatever reasons.
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:30 pm

So, if the A380 can fly into MDE, what basis does all the bitching about airports not being to handle it have? Is MDE a large airport with wide runways and taxiways?
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:08 pm

Quoting Centrair (Reply 16):
I am surprised they cancelled La Paz. Was the altitude too much or something?

It is a damn shame it won't go to LPB. I hope A will send the A380 down to the king of high altitude airports eventually.
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:55 pm

Quoting LawnDart (Reply 43):
So, if the A380 can fly into MDE, what basis does all the bitching about airports not being to handle it have? Is MDE a large airport with wide runways and taxiways?

See reply 26
 
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:03 pm

Quoting ER757 (Reply 20):
That photo really does put the size of this monster in perspective.

That tail, it is just enormous!!!
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:08 pm

Quoting Babybus (Reply 5):
Shame it didn't have the Airbus livery to brighten it up a bit.

Dude, it is about as annoyingly bright as it can be, a livery would dim it down , easy on the eyes, etc. I'd color the whole thing as a polished titanium gray.  Smile
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colo

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:03 pm

Quoting Atnight (Reply 41):
5,000 feet.

7024ft!
Read the whole thread please

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 42):
Great scenery at MDE. What's the biggest plane that ever lands there, 767?

You can see 767 everyday, but somedays in the week there comes DC-10s and more seldomly 747s (both Cargo of course)
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RE: First Pictures Of The A380 Landing In MDE Colombia

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:37 pm

Quoting Mason (Reply 23):
Does anyone know of any other commercial aircraft that have done testing at LPB

Actually many modern aircraft have undergone their high altitude tests at LPB, for instance I know the 777 (I don´t know the series) and the A-340-600 have been to LPB for the tests.

Quoting 757MDE (Reply 21):
I don't know why it isn't going to La Paz exactly, maybe 123 could enlighten us.

Sorry, I don´t know any reason either. Here, it´s summer and rainy season but sun and rain should not be a problem for the A-380. My best speculation would be that the A-380 is out of program timeline and that the LPB tests "could" be postponed to the future yet again, it is my speculation only.

Then again a question is, do they really need the A-380 high altitude LPB tests considering that Bolivia is not "under" any flight route considered in the near future for the A-380? Perhaps only a MIA-EZE could be one, and so far no carriers operating that route have considered the A-380.