AIRBUS A380: A WHALE OF
Despite looking a bit like a Whale with wings, this is a species of the air that will be flourishing by 2006.
The A380 flying into Heathrow today may have been applauded by Gordon Brown but its parked shape alongside the custom-built pier begins to look more like a stranded whale, a fitting symbol for the "old Europe" that created it.
Corporate redemption now rests with the A380, the "whale bird" that has absorbed so much of the company's energy and money.
One of the cool things about where I work is that we sometimes get a random flypast of various different aircraft which is cool if you are like me and like planes. Last time it was Harriers and Spitfires. Today it was the Airbus A380.
And the new Airbus A380, a 555-passenger behemoth so big it is being called the Whale, has had developmental delays.
DISPLAYING ABSTRACT - EVERYBODY agrees that the A380 is a whale of a plane, but that may in fact be the problem. The whaleness, that is. The superjumbo A380, scheduled for commercial service in early 2006 and currently represented at the Airbus headquarters here as a life-size mockup, is a tubby behemoth ...
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Vertical Fin and Tailplane of Airbus A380 airliner at Farnborough International Air Show 2006
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Mr Champion's removal overshadowed the first full flight yesterday of the double-decker "whale", which took off from Toulouse with 474 Airbus staff for a cruise over Spain. Mr Champion remains with Airbus as an advisor.
Airbus promotes the A380 as having a capacity of 555 passengers in three
standard cabin classes: first, business and coach. Thatâ€™s 139 more passengers
than the latest 747 carries. But Airbus says that the A380 will actually be able to carry more than 800 passengers. (â€œWhale of a plane can seat 800 Jonahâ€™sâ€, by Joe Sharkey, New York Times, December 3, 2003.)
I could go on and on and on, but I'd hope you'd get the point that no, it's not just a few a.netters who refer to the A380 as a whalejet.