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Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:57 am

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FIRST DELIVERY: 28 Days to go.
ENTRY INTO SERVICE: 38 Days to go.


I have been following the A380 (A3XX) program since 1996, and all that I can say is that its about time that it enters commercial service. It has been a looooooong wait, but I'm sure that it will be worth it.  Smile

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1 February 1992
MARKET CONFIRMS NEED FOR "ULTRA" AIRCRAFT


Major airlines confirm their need for a new generation aircraft with between 50-100 per cent more seats than a 747 requiring only minimal changes to airports.

The findings, revealed in an Airbus survey of 10 major airlines in Asia, Europe and North America, support Airbus' decision to explore developing an ultra high capacity aircraft.

As more seating means substantial changes to traditional internal layouts, Airbus discusses several possible fuselage cross-section designs with airlines, even some kind of double deck arrangement.

Airbus and its partners agree a comprehensive development plan to create a firm technological foundation for the new generation aircraft.


19 December 2000
A380 PROGRAMME OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED


At a Supervisory Board meeting in Toulouse, the Airbus shareholders -- EADS and BAE SYSTEMS -- officially approved the launch of the A380, formerly known as the A3XX. This decision heralds a new era in the history of flight, with the introduction into service of the world's 21st century jetliner in 2006.

With 50 orders and 42 purchase options from six customers on five continents (Air France, Emirates, International Lease Finance Corporation, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic), the A380 has already met the criteria set by the company's shareholders at the commercial launch of the programme.


27 April 2005
A380 SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES ITS FIRST FLIGHT


The first A380 to take to the air landed at Blagnac international airport in Toulouse, France at 14.23 local time (12.23h GMT) after successfully completing a first flight that lasted three hours and 54 minutes.

The A380's first flight was jointly captained by Claude Lelaie, Senior Vice President Flight Division, and by Chief Test pilot and Vice President Jacques Rosay. The other crew members were Fernando Alonso, Vice President Flight Division, Flight Test Engineering who led a team of two other flight test engineers, Jacky Joye and Manfred Birnfeld, and test flight engineer Gérard Desbois. Carrying the registration F-WWOW, the aircraft is powered by four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines.




12 December 2006
AIRBUS A380 RECEIVES JOINT EASA and FAA TYPE CERTIFICATION


Double seal of approval for the A380 with the first joint EASA/FAA certification

The world's largest commercial airliner, the 555-seat Airbus A380, has received joint European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Certification on 12th December 2006. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.


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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:59 am

Quoting WINGS (Thread starter):
FIRST DELIVERY: 28 Days to go.
ENTRY INTO SERVICE: 38 Days to go.

Hopefully...


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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Tue Sep 18, 2007 4:11 am

I look forward to seeing the pictures and reports of her first in-service flights.
 
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Tue Sep 18, 2007 4:33 am

Quoting WINGS (Thread starter):
The Final Countdown.

Considering that this is a song by the band "Europe", quite an appropriate title, Wings!  Smile
 
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:10 pm



FIRST DELIVERY: 27 Days to go.
ENTRY INTO SERVICE: 37 Days to go.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Hopefully...

Don't get me worried.  Sad

Quoting Stitch (Reply 2):
I look forward to seeing the pictures and reports of her first in-service flights.

I too look forward to the comments from the general flying public.

Quoting Breiz (Reply 3):
Considering that this is a song by the band "Europe", quite an appropriate title, Wings!

Well I have to admit that it did cross my mind  Smile

For those who don't even know who the band Europe are you can catch their video below.  Wink



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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:14 pm

Quoting WINGS (Reply 4):
For those who don't even know who the band Europe are you can catch their video below.

There are people out there who don't know Europe?!

Seen them live... they were FANTASTIC Big grin

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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:26 pm

Quoting WINGS (Thread starter):
It has been a looooooong wait, but I'm sure that it will be worth it.

Don't start holding your breath yet Wings.  Smile Where are the other ones? What have they been doing since the SQ one was ready, so long ago I have now forgotten but some months ago I do remember?
 
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:47 pm

Quoting Baroque (Reply 6):
What have they been doing since the SQ one was ready, so long ago I have now forgotten but some months ago I do remember?

Completing wiring and interior outfitting. So far, it looks like they should deliver SQ's next six, EK's first three, and QF's first two in 2008 as planned.
 
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Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:53 pm

When will SQ get their next A380
 
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:00 am

Quoting WINGS (Thread starter):
I have been following the A380 (A3XX) program since 1996, and all that I can say is that its about time that it enters commercial service. It has been a looooooong wait, but I'm sure that it will be worth it.

Hi Wings thanks for starting this thread. Its good to follow the final preparations for the A380 EIS , something we have waited a long time for. Its hard to believe that over 10 years has passed since we dared to dream such an aircraft would be built!!! I cant wait to see the reports after the first commerical flights.

I'm sure the first flight will draw much media attention. If anyone knows of any links to TV stations and news reports that will happen, here would be a good place to post. I will be flying on this amazing plane two weeks after the 1st commercial flight and really cant wait. I guess until you actually get to the door of the A380 it will not hit you how much of an achievement this really is.
 
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:07 am

Quoting JWMD123 (Reply 8):
When will SQ get their next A380

Early 2008. I am not sure how Airbus is outfitting the A388s. SQ has four birds ahead of EK's in terms of frame number, so SQ might get all four or even five birds planned for 2008 before EK and QF get their first.
 
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:30 am

Quoting Stitch (Reply 10):
Early 2008. I am not sure how Airbus is outfitting the A388s. SQ has four birds ahead of EK's in terms of frame number, so SQ might get all four or even five birds planned for 2008 before EK and QF get their first.

I think that their lays some confusion as to who will be the second airline to receive and put the A380 into commercial service.

Some members suggest that it will be Emirates, while others say that it will be Qantas. I suspect that its Emirates as their frame is currently in Hamburg undergoing outfitting, while Qantas first frame has yet to fly. It has previously been stated by Mr Clark that Emirates will likely receive their first A380 in March 2008, so I suspect that Airbus will manage to deliver at least another 3 frames to Singapore Airlines, before Emirates receives their first frame.

(MSN 011)

Does anyone have the new delivery schedule for the next few years?

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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:19 am

Does anyone know if any other configuration other then SQ's received their production certificate yet? Assuming each SQ A388 in the initial batch was "re-built" to the same standards as MSN003, Airbus should be able to use the same production certificate for each, correct? That could accelerate SQ's deliveries since they wouldn't need to certify each follow-on frame.

And even if MSN003's production certificate is unique to MSN003 and cannot be used for the other birds, I expect they can leverage off of much of MSN003's which should make getting the rest of the certifications quicker.
 
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Wed Sep 19, 2007 2:43 am

Quoting Baroque (Reply 6):
Where are the other ones? What have they been doing since the SQ one was ready, so long ago I have now forgotten but some months ago I do remember?

Well, there were quite a few sitting outside the 380 FAL in Toulouse the other week.

As another poster said, they're all undergoing various stages of interior outfitting etc etc.

So, don't get your hopes up, it seems things are going quite well so I hear.

I also gather the delivery date would have been earlier in Oct if Tom Enders and Chew Choon Seng had been able to find a common free date in their calendars. Funny if it's true, but that's the gossip going around work.
 
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Wed Sep 19, 2007 2:46 am

27 days? I thought it was supposed to be delivered in September. What happened?
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Wed Sep 19, 2007 2:49 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 14):
27 days? I thought it was supposed to be delivered in September. What happened?

It was scheduled to be delivered in October. There was a speculation about early delivery, but apparently it turned out to be just a rumour.
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:11 am

Quoting HB88 (Reply 13):
So, don't get your hopes up, it seems things are going quite well so I hear.

From a very reliable source, I too have heard the very same thing. The A380 production increase is actually exceeding initial expectations.

I also gather the delivery date would have been earlier in Oct if Tom Enders and Chew Choon Seng had been able to find a common free date in their calendars. Funny if it's true, but that's the gossip going around work.



Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 14):
27 days? I thought it was supposed to be delivered in September. What happened?



Quoting BlueSky1976 (Reply 15):
It was scheduled to be delivered in October. There was a speculation about early delivery, but apparently it turned out to be just a rumour.

From what I have been informed, Airbus did in fact offer Singapore Airlines an earlier delivery date, but due to various issues (training, schedules) Singapore Airlines opted to maintain its original date.

I'm probably one of the very few, but I think that Airbus is more than capable of delivering an additional A380 to Singapore Airlines in 2007.

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Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:21 am

Quoting WINGS (Reply 4):
For those who don't even know who the band Europe are you can catch their video below.  

At 52 seconds remaining in that video, I think that's SRB in the middle with the gold records. Was Europe on the Virgin Label?
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:50 am

With the A380 finally entering into service, the endless speculation as to its actual capabilities will finally wind down.

We will soon get the final, real life info for it.

That is a relief.
 
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Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:57 am

Will this be an end for Airbus, in building large commercial aircraft?, surely you can't get any gigger than the A380!!!!

or can they?  yes  or  no 

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Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:58 am

Quoting Express1 (Reply 21):
Will this be an end for Airbus, in building large commercial aircraft?

The A380-900 is a possibility. And then comes the BWB proposals.
 
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Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:06 am

Quoting WINGS (Reply 18):
I'm probably one of the very few, but I think that Airbus is more than capable of delivering an additional A380 to Singapore Airlines in 2007.

Might be, but I really wonder why you cannot see any progress on the next two A380 for SQ, currently in XFW. As far as I know they are still in the hangar and they haven't even been painted.
 
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:58 pm

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 22):
Might be, but I really wonder why you cannot see any progress on the next two A380 for SQ, currently in XFW. As far as I know they are still in the hangar and they haven't even been painted.

Painting the aircraft is the last task. The most important and time consuming is interior fittings.

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Quoting Stitch (Reply 7):
Quoting Baroque (Reply 6):
What have they been doing since the SQ one was ready, so long ago I have now forgotten but some months ago I do remember?

Completing wiring and interior outfitting. So far, it looks like they should deliver SQ's next six, EK's first three, and QF's first two in 2008 as planned.

Thanks Stitch. Airbus stretches my memory span to breaking point.

If true, that is close to hysterically funny HB88, could not find a free date after all this waiting. I do hope first that Airbus are figuring out a way of finishing them off a bit more swiftly and then secondly that EIS provokes the orders that cause them to need to get a wiggle on.  Smile

I wonder how that guy is going who rivetted his shirt to a 32x!!
 
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:09 am



FIRST DELIVERY: 26 Days to go.
ENTRY INTO SERVICE: 36 Days to go.

Looks like Singapore Airlines are also doing a final count down for the EIS of the A380.  Wink

http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_UK/index.jsp (click on the link at the bottom left side of the page)

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Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:42 am

When can we expect to see the interiors??? Will they allow press and media onboard on the day of delivery ???
 
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Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:50 am

Quoting WINGS (Thread starter):
The findings, revealed in an Airbus survey of 10 major airlines in Asia, Europe and North America, support Airbus' decision to explore developing an ultra high capacity aircraft.

Who were the North America Airlines that were a part of this study and supported Airbus' decision to explore an UHC aircraft? NW? UA?
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Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:21 am

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 26):
Who were the North America Airlines that were a part of this study and supported Airbus' decision to explore an UHC aircraft? NW? UA?

Pretty sure it was them. Also airlines like IB.

It's kind of ironic that three airlines that didn't participate in the study - SQ, QF, and EK - became the largest buyers to date for the plane.
 
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Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:56 pm



FIRST DELIVERY: 25 Days to go.  Smile
ENTRY INTO SERVICE: 35 Days to go.

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Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:30 pm

Quoting WINGS (Thread starter):
I have been following the A380 (A3XX) program since 1996, and all that I can say is that its about time that it enters commercial service. It has been a looooooong wait, but I'm sure that it will be worth it.

It feels like a looooong wait for me too and I've only been following the A380 program closely since 2003 - it must have seemed an eternity WINGS if you have been following progress since 1996.

Quoting WINGS (Reply 28):
FIRST DELIVERY: 25 Days to go.
ENTRY INTO SERVICE: 35 Days to go.

MY FIRST FLIGHT: 36 Days to go. (SQ380 SYD-SIN):  

It is a strange feeling finally being able to log in to www.singaporeair.com, pull up my bookings and see:


schedule


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Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:44 pm

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 21):
Might be, but I really wonder why you cannot see any progress on the next two A380 for SQ, currently in XFW. As far as I know they are still in the hangar and they haven't even been painted.

When this one's wiring was finished they released a press statement that mentioned that the next 3 planes were being rewired and then cabin-fitted and they were a up to 6 weeks ahead of sched. I reckon SQ's second bird will be wi
 
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Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:56 pm

You know, it's funny all this hype about the A380. Clearly, anything particularly new attracts interest.

I draw the parallel with the Channel Tunnel, another wonder of engineering. I recall the ceremonies when the two tunnelers met each other deep under the seabed. I recall the opening ceremonies to use the service and how everybody wanted to experience the Eurostar service and/or taking the Channel Tunnel to get onto the continent from Britain with your car.

Then came a period of negative press, when as soon as there was a minor delay, it was related in the papers.

And these days, you barely hear about whatevever has been happening with the Channel Tunnel. Millions of people have used it, it's business as usual day in day out.

I wonder if this will be the pattern with the A380...
 
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Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:58 pm

I am sure the A380 will "fade into the background" soon enough, just as will happen with the 787.

But just as some engineers no doubt continue to be impressed with the Chunnel, many of us here will continue to be impressed with the A380 and 787 long after the public and the passengers see it as "just another plane".
 
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Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:35 pm

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 17):
At 52 seconds remaining in that video, I think that's SRB in the middle with the gold records. Was Europe on the Virgin Label?

I've replayed it three times. It is SRB. First time I've noticed it, so funny. But also logical, he's always everywhere..
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:49 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 34):
Design your dream A380 cabin !!!

Pretty neat, but the lack of a bowling alley means I can't max out the "Entertainment" bar. Big grin
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:02 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 34):

Really cool
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:03 am

Quoting Ants (Reply 29):
It is a strange feeling finally being able to log in to www.singaporeair.com, pull up my bookings and see:

Mmhh... I have to admit I'm mildly envious: flying the A380, and (apparently) living in such a nice place (Wellington), too.  Smile

I wonder how the 747 will feel after the A380.
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:09 am

Quoting Baroque (Reply 6):
Don't start holding your breath yet Wings. Where are the other ones? What have they been doing since the SQ one was ready, so long ago I have now forgotten but some months ago I do remember?

Always a pessimistic point of view.
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:13 am

Someone should make an A380 music video with the song.
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:16 am

Quoting Rj777 (Reply 39):
Someone should make an A380 music video with the song.

Yes maybe with the EU national anthem in the background LOL....
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:21 am

Quoting Scouseflyer (Reply 30):
When this one's wiring was finished they released a press statement that mentioned that the next 3 planes were being rewired and then cabin-fitted and they were a up to 6 weeks ahead of sched. I reckon SQ's second bird will be wi

Hey Scouseflyer, you are OK? Your post sounds as if you have fallen from the chair?  Wink

But the hint regarding the press release was a good idea. I tried to find it here in the forum (I remember very well that somebody had posted it but there are so many threads about the A380 delivery schedule that I didn't find it) and on the official Airbus homepage but didn't find it.
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:23 am

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 26):
Who were the North America Airlines that were a part of this study and supported Airbus' decision to explore an UHC aircraft? NW? UA?

And how many of them have ordered the 7late7 ???? AFAIK per Boeing, AA, UAL, DL, were taken in consideration during the planing stage, but only CO and NW did order it. I know that you will tell us that AA, DL and UAL is not IF but WHEN.
But until today they have not order it yet.
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:27 am

Quoting WINGS (Reply 4):
For those who don't even know who the band Europe are you can catch their video below.

That brought back great memories,used the music at my wedding and that was a looooooooooong time ago.Nice  bigthumbsup 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:30 am

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 41):
Quoting Rj777 (Reply 39):
Someone should make an A380 music video with the song.

Yes maybe with the EU national anthem in the background LOL....

I meant with "The Final Countdown"
 
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:33 am

Quoting KL911 (Reply 33):
I've replayed it three times. It is SRB. First time I've noticed it, so funny. But also logical, he's always everywhere..

What's weird is I didn't look for him, I was just watching that video and he is such a distinctive face, that I saw him in that split second he was on screen.

One of the things they say about people who become billionaires, they are so dynamic, they stand out from the crowd, and I guess that's right. You can tell just by looking at SRB for that 1/2 second he's more dynamic than the band he's standing with...
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 4:03 am

My first flight?

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This is my birthday!

I have been on board the Big Bus on the ground.

I have seen it flying a countless number of times since F-WWOW took her very first flight in TLS.
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Was in Singapore when she came for Asian Aerospace.

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Now I will be flying on her from Sydney to Singapore, this will be SQ, not Airbus!

Good luck, A380! May you have a successful flying career!
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:01 pm



FIRST DELIVERY: 24 Days to go.  Smile
ENTRY INTO SERVICE: 34 Days to go.

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Sat Sep 22, 2007 3:20 am

Quoting Stitch (Reply 20):
The A380-900 is a possibility.

I still believe the A389 will be the primary A380 that airbus sells. The "possibility" is when will then get the A380F going again? The two year delay has certainly helped the 77F and 748F. Cest la vie. Long term, Airbus needs to get a few A380F's out there to "seed" the market for A380SF's. (Converted A388's.) Why? Long term resale helps build customer confidence.

Quoting Ants (Reply 29):

It is a strange feeling finally being able to log in to www.singaporeair.com, pull up my bookings and see:

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Quoting Ncelhr (Reply 31):
And these days, you barely hear about whatevever has been happening with the Channel Tunnel. Millions of people have used it, it's business as usual day in day out.

I wonder if this will be the pattern with the A380...

I hope the A380 does well enough and doesn't have to "renegotiate" its bonds....  Wink

Now hopefully they have their manufacturing down (fix the Catia models) and can crank out these large airframes. I cannot wait to see them lined up at LAX (our need for the north runways to be re-aligned and more terminal capacity is another issue...).
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RE: Airbus A380 - The Final Countdown.

Sat Sep 22, 2007 3:21 am

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 41):
Hey Scouseflyer, you are OK? Your post sounds as if you have fallen from the chair?

He's writing his posts from inside the "Castle Aaaagghhhhhh...."
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