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Asiana Airlines to bring the Airbus A380 to New York JFK

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) will assign the Airbus A380 to the Seoul (Incheon) – New York (JFK) route starting on June 13 per Airline Route. As of July 14, the route will be exclusively operated with Airbus A380s.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-841 HL7625 (msn 152) arrives in Los Angeles.

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Qatar Airways acquires a stake in IAG

Qatar Airways (Doha) has bought a 9.99 per cent stake in British Airways’ owner International Airlines Group (IAG), becoming the company’s largest shareholder.

The move will cement a close commercial relationship between BA and the airline, whose owner, the Qatari government, is a significant investor in Britain.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, the BA owner, said in : “We’re delighted to have Qatar Airways, one of the world’s premier airlines, as a long-term supportive shareholder. We will talk to them about what opportunities exist to work more closely together and further IAG’s ambitions as the leading global airline group.”

BA sponsored Qatar’s entry into the Oneworld airline alliance, and they also have a cargo partnership. Qatar has indicated it would seek to extend ties following the investment, which could include codeshares on flights via the Gulf state, allowing the airlines to sell tickets on each other’s planes.

Akbar Al Baker, the Qatar airline’s CEO said: “IAG represents an excellent opportunity to further develop our westwards strategy.”

Qatar Airways is prohibited from owning more than a minority stake in IAG under EU ownership rules and said it does not currently intend to increase its 9.99% shareholding.

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Qatar Airways’ second Airbus A380, the pictured A380-861 A7-APB (msn 143) completes its final approach to London’s Heathrow Airport, the home of IAG’s British Airways.

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Emirates announces two new Airbus A380 destinations

Emirates (Dubai) announced today the launch of Airbus A380 services to two European destinations: Dusseldorf and Madrid.

The addition of Dusseldorf and Madrid to the list brings the total number of European gateways served by Emirates’ A380 to 13. Emirates currently has 57 A380s in its fleet, flying to 34 destinations globally and wowing customers everywhere it flies with its industry-leading onboard features.

As of July 1, flight EK 055 will be operated by an Airbus A380, leaving Dubai at 0830 and landing in Dusseldorf at 1325 the same day, while flight EK 056 will depart Dusseldorf at 1525 and arrive at Dubai International Airport at 2355 the same day.

As of August 1, flight EK 142 will be operated by an Airbus A380, leaving Madrid at 1530 and landing in Dubai at 0045 the following day. The return flight EK 141 departs Dubai at 0740 and arrives in Madrid at 1340 the same day.

The Emirates A380 offers a total of 519 seats in a three-class configuration, with 429 spacious seats in Economy Class on the main deck, 76 fully flat-bed mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 A6-EDL (msn 028) departs from London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Emirates celebrates 10 new Airbus A380 destinations in 2014 with a new video

Emirates (Dubai) marked a record launch of 10 new Airbus A380 routes in 2014 and has released a ‘mash-up’ video that shows the iconic aircraft landing in 10 destinations spanning the globe.

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Emirates to add a second daily Airbus A380 flight to Manchester

Emirates (Dubai) has announced that as of February 1, 2015, its EK019/020 service between Dubai International Airport and Manchester Airport, currently operated by a Boeing 777, will be replaced with an Airbus A380. The introduction of the second daily A380 means that half of Emirates’ 16 daily flights to the UK will be operated by an A380 from February.

The second daily A380 will increase Emirates’ capacity from Manchester by 13 per cent, with over 20 per cent of this increase in the premium cabins.

Emirates flight EK019 will depart Dubai International Airport at 1435 and arrive in Manchester at 1835. The outbound flight, EK020, will depart Manchester Airport at 2025 and arrive in Dubai at 0740 the next day.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. A dramatic up-close photo of Airbus A380-861 A6-EEM (msn 134) lifts off the runway at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

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Etihad Airways puts its first Airbus A380 into revenue service between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) this morning (December 27) inaugurated Airbus A380 service between Abu Dhabi and London (Heathrow) (LHR) and return. The first flight departed Abu Dhabi at 0235 and arrived at LHR at 0635. The return flight has now departed LHR (above) for the first time.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 A6-APA (msn 106) departs today from LHR on its first revenue flight back to Abu Dhabi. The Super Jumbo features “The Residence by Etihad” luxury suites as previously reported.

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Etihad Airways unveils its new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 and new uniforms in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has capped an incredible 12 months by unveiling its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft (see videos above) to more than 200 of the world’s media in Abu Dhabi.

The doors to the airline’s two new flagship aircraft – in the distinctive new ‘Facets ofAbu Dhabi’ livery – were opened for the first time to reveal the new cabin interiors, which include the ultra-luxurious Residence by Etihad™, the only three-room suite in the sky.

Video: Evolution of the new livery.

Etihad Airways also unveiled a new cabin crew uniform at a spectacular catwalk fashion show. It’s the first major uniform re-launch since the airline’s formation in 2003 and incorporates the same colors used for the cabin interior and new aircraft livery.

Video: The new uniform.

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Photo: Etihad Airways. The new uniforms.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “As we have done so many times in our short history, we are reshaping the landscape of modern air travel in our own way.

In addition to the media event at Abu Dhabi airport, Etihad Airways is also hosting an event for travel industry partners and one for the airline’s staff today, ensuring that by the end of the day more than 1,500 people will have toured the two new aircraft.

The fashion show saw 22 Etihad Airways cabin crew showcasing the new uniform which has been designed by Italian Ettore Bilotta, derived from the new brand identity, and combines elegance, comfort and practicality.

Bilotta, in collaboration with the airline’s Guest Services and Guest Experience divisions, chose a warm chocolate brown as the base colour for the different uniform variations.

A deep purple color is added for cabin crew and lounge staff, and a burnt orange accent color for ground crews and Special Services personnel.

Copyright Photo Above: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A380-861 F-WWSS (msn 166) was delivered as A6-APA on December 16. It will be introduced to revenue service on December 27 on the Abu Dhabi-London (Heathrow) route.

Following today’s events in Abu Dhabi, the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft will continue test operations before starting commercial flights. The A380 will operate daily to London Heathrow from December 27 and the 787 to Dusseldorf from February 1, 2015.

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The entry into commercial service of the A380 will see the introduction of The Residence by Etihad™, a new cabin that has captured the imagination of the air travel industry since it was unveiled in May 2014.

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Photo: Etihad Airways.

The Residence by Etihad™ (above) features a living room, separate ensuite shower room, and as another first in the airline industry, a dedicated Butler.

Measuring 125 square feet in total, The Residence by Etihad™ is located on the forward upper deck of the A380 and is for single or double occupancy.

The Airbus A380 is also the only Etihad Airways aircraft to offer the First Apartment which is a complete living space with a reclining lounge chair and an ottoman, which opens up to become a separate 80.5 inch long fully-flat bed.

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Photo: Etihad Airways.

The First Suite on the Etihad Airways Boeing 787 offers guests an enhanced suite with chilled mini-bar, complete privacy and centre seats which can be joined to create a double bed.

A total of 70 Business Studios are located on the upper deck of the Airbus A380, and the Boeing 787 has 28 Business Studios, all offering aisle access and a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.

The Economy Smart Seat also debuts on the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 and has enhanced comfort with the unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest on each seat.

Etihad - A380 and 787 Smart Seat (LRW)

Etihad Airways will take delivery of four A380s and three Boeing 787-9s in 2015.

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