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A380 Coming To KIX

Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:07 pm

It should arrive later today.
Granted there is probably zero chance of a scheduled flight into KIX in the next few years with the exception of EK, but only until it gets NRT slots.
It should be spotters heaven today and tomorrow at KIX.
 
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RE: A380 Coming To KIX

Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:02 am

SQ actually hinted that Tokyo would be one of the first destinations recently, hope to start services there with the A380 when aircraft 4 enters the fleet.
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RE: A380 Coming To KIX

Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:15 am

Quoting Carpethead (Thread starter):
It should arrive later today.

The SQ plane?
 
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RE: A380 Coming To KIX

Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:58 am

KIX and NGO are both alternates to NRT. If the need arrises for a diversion, NGO and KIX will need to be ready. Maybe this is just a test for the aircraft and airport personel. I mean they are flying it to BDL of all places. The largest plane into BDL is a 757! But it is an alternate for NYC so it might as well be tested.

That all being said, never know, if EK can't get an NRT slot in 2009, maybe they will make KIX an A380. They have 40+ of these birds, might as well use them everywhere.

Quoting PM (Reply 2):
The SQ plane?

Doubt it. I bet it is one of the test aircraft. The SQ plane is getting ready for its route proving flight. They will probably fly it back and forth to BKK for crew prep and then it will be off to SYD. But never know, maybe SQ flies it into KIX to prepare it for eventual NRT service. But that would be a strange way to do things.
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RE: A380 Coming To KIX

Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:43 am

Quoting PM (Reply 2):
The SQ plane?

MSN 009, the first GP powered one.
 
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RE: A380 Coming To KIX

Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:56 am

Why didn't they choose Nagoya Centrair airport?  Confused It is a much nicer airport in my opinion than Kansai International.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
 
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RE: A380 Coming To KIX

Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:39 am

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5):
Why didn't they choose Nagoya Centrair airport

Straight on. And NGO was built with wier taxi wasy so that it could serve the A380. It even has one A380 capable gate!
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RE: A380 Coming To KIX

Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:42 am

A demonstration for ANA ?????
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
 
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RE: A380 Coming To KIX

Thu Oct 18, 2007 12:52 pm

Quoting Columba (Reply 7):
A demonstration for ANA ?????

Well maybe..... But the flight to NRT already showed ANA and JAL the aircraft. As someone mentioned above, I thought for a moment, why not NGO. But I think the authorities at KIX pushed for it since the long rwy was completed last month. I am not sure which rwy it landed on, but they could have used the long rwy to appeal to the aircraft. And in most cases, I think pilots request to divert to KIX after NRT, and then NGO after that if my memory serves me correctly.

But KIX is the only other airport in Japan with a 4000 meter rwy.
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RE: A380 Coming To KIX

Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:38 pm

Airbus may take advantage of this route proving to show ANA again. Didn't we now hear of rumors saying ANA now feels A380 may be necessary in the longer run as the 777-381ER is not offering enough capacity for expansion?