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This month's Air International has run an Interview with Tim Clark of Emirates on 3 years of A380 operations (although it's nearly 3 1/2 now as the 1st delivery was July 29th 2008)..
Interesting comments attributed to Tim Clark....
Fair use excerpts..
"It's a wonderful aircraft; everybody wants to fly on it. It wasn't just a honeymoon in the first year - three years after the first flight it's still very highly in demand"
"We are not quite at the maturity levels we had hoped for after 3 years"
"We have achieved a dispatch reliability of 98% on our fleet.... we couldn't apply a number of modifications quickly enough due to the number of aircraft, but Airbus works with us extremely hard"
"From our 1st aircraft to today's deliveries, we have saved 3 1/2 tonnes. The average aircraft comes in (from Airbus) 1.5 tonnes lighter than the first. There is another 1 tonne to come.
it will be 4 1/2 tonnes lighter in the end."
"We are now able to start San Fransisco next year (2012) "
The new onboard lounge (for 1st and business class) can be removed in 96 hours, but Tim Clark is aware that he can't do that without losing scores of customers......... the benches will become more comfortable, the lighting more homely, and the area will accommodate more than the current 26 people
"Currently we have 307 pilots and 1st officers. In Marxh 2012 it will be 359, and a year later 615"
On future ops...
"Of course we want the bigger aircraft (A380-900). They should have launched it as the base model...... The wings are fantastic, but what are they going to do with the thrust and take-off weight?...... I would want another 150 seats - that would take it to 670 seats in 3 classes" (my comment - implies a 12m stretch IMO....)
"She would need to lift 75 - 80 tonnes over... 12 - 14 hours..... With the freighter gear and structure, and a 607 tonne take-off weight, the aircraft almost exists on paper already. It could take 3 - 5 years until the A380-900 enters service"
EK have 90 A380's on order but Tim Clark already knows these are not enough..... "when we Start Munich, and Perth and Melbourne, they are soaked up quickly. Even Los Angeles could be feasible restricted to 450 passengers outbound and fully loaded on return, with a block time of 16 hours 40 minutes"
"12 A380destinations double-daily; 60 aircraft needed for Australia/New Zealand and North and South america.. But I only have 90 aircraft on order... What does it tell you? "We need more!""
An interesting article. There's plenty more in it. Well worth a read if you can get hold of it..
[Edited 2011-12-30 12:49:26]