British Airways (London) has also announced its summer schedule for 2014 confirming the new routes for its new Airbus A380s and Boeing 787-8s:
British Airways confirms the next routes for its new A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners and increases frequencies to select cities as part of the airline’s 2014 summer schedule (March 30, 2014).
The new Airbus A380 will begin flying from Washington Dulles International Airport to London Heathrow on September 1, 2014. The aircraft is already flying from Los Angeles and Hong Kong direct to London and will start services between London and Johannesburg in February 2014.
In North America the new Boeing 787s will fly nonstop to London Heathrow from Austin beginning on March 3, Philadelphia (US Airways is joining the Oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014) beginning on June 5 and Calgary from July 5, 2014.
Across the British Airways network, the 787s will also launch new services to Hyderabad, India from March 30 and Chengdu, China from May 5, 2014.
Network Service Increases:
– Mexico City will benefit from an increase from five to six services a week from April 27.
– British Airways will increase the number of flights to Chengdu from three to five a week (from May 5, 2014).
– From May 6, Tokyo Haneda will move from five a week to daily flights and will be re-timed to a more convenient 8.50 am departure from Haneda.
– Cape Town will gain an extra three Boeing 777-200 ER flights a week through South Africa’s cooler winter season (the Northern Hemisphere’s summer) taking it from a daily service to 10 flights a week and accommodating an additional 219 customers in four cabins.
– All summer 2014 increases are versus winter 2013/14.
– The A380 to Washington D.C. will be available on the BA217 and BA216 o Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
– The 787 from Austin will operate five days a week, increasing to daily later in the year.
– The 787 from Philadelphia and Calgary will be a daily service.
– All aircraft are subject to change depending on operational requirements.
– The airline is also refreshing its short-haul fleet, so is taking delivery of one new aircraft every two weeks on average up until October 2014.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-841 G-XLEB (msn 121) arrives at Los Angeles.
British Airways (London) is premiering its “Red Carpet Route” between Los Angeles and London today, the inaugural flight for the airline’s first Airbus A380. The City of Angels is the first of the airline’s more than 150 destinations to receive the super jumbo, offering a premium experience to customers who want to travel in style to the U.K. and beyond.
Scheduled to touch down at Los Angeles International Airport this evening, the new British Airways aircraft offers customers a superior travel experience, including:
- Spacious interiors, featuring 469 seats across four cabins, 14 First, 97 Club World (business class), 55 World Traveler Plus (premium economy) and 303 World Traveler (economy)
- First ‘suites’ with 30 percent more space, turndown service, a la carte dining and champagne supper
- Full-flat beds in business class with new 2:3:2 configurations on the upper deck, designed for maximum personal space and comfort
- State-of-the-art in-flight entertainment with 1,600 hours of programming, including more than 130 of the latest Hollywood blockbusters and classic movies and 650 TV shows from around the world
- Complimentary bar, three course meals, amenity kits and blankets for all customers
- Cleaner air, as a result of advanced filters and a system that allows 15 different temperature control zones with cabin air refreshed every three minutes.
The British Airways A380 also features a new menu designed by The Langham, London, for customers travelling in First and Club World. This includes an elegant five-course tasting menu and afternoon tea, inspired by the range of indulgent treats offered at The Langham, London – famed as the birthplace of Afternoon Tea over 140 years ago.
New aircraft are part of British Airways £5 billion investment in products and services to benefit customers. The airline has ordered 12 A380s and 24 Boeing 787s.
Red Carpet Route Premiere, Hollywood Style
Celebrating the connection between two entertainment capitals of the world, British Airways has partnered with Variety magazine to present “10 Brits to Watch”. The best emerging U.K. talent in Hollywood will be recognized at a red carpet event on September 25.
At the premiere party, guests will experience signature elements of the A380 while honoring the magazine’s “10 Brits to Watch.” These up-and-coming actors, writers, directors and musicians include Sam Claflin, Tuppence Middleton, Harry Treadaway, Sally El Housani, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Georgia King, Ed Whitworth, George Blagden, Alexandra McGuiness and Lauren Harris.
“London and Hollywood have been productively-linked entertainment business hubs for all of Variety’s 108 years as the pre-eminent source of industry news, so the chance to partner on the Brits to Watch project with an esteemed global brand like the U.K’s British Airways was irresistible,” said Steve Gaydos, Executive Editor, Variety. “Business travelers and business readers both have high expectations due to their fast-paced careers and sophisticated lifestyles, so this is a partnership born out of our mutual strengths of experience and dedication to delivering on those daily demands, 24/7.”
To further celebrate the launch of the A380, British Airways is staging the world’s first-ever social race between a virtual plane and real plane. The competition invites British Airways fans and followers to ‘tweet’ a message using #racetheplane @British Airways. Each tweet will fuel the ‘tweetliner” and move it nearer to its destination – LA. Three lucky winners will receive a pair of tickets to fly to London.
The 5,454-mile race begins when BA 269 takes off from London Heathrow at 4:15pm BST and will culminate when the inaugural flight touches down at LAX at approximately 7:15pm PST. Visit http://racetheplane.ba.com/ for additional information, including terms and conditions.
Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. A beautiful landing photo of the first British Airways Airbus A380-841 G-XLEA (msn 095) arriving at Shannon on a training and photo flight.
Videos: British Airways is using social media to promote this inaugural flight:
Qatar Airways’ (Doha) first A380 took off from Toulouse on its maiden flight to Hamburg where the aircraft will be fitted with its cabin before being painted.
The carrier has firm orders for ten A380s and will become the eleventh airline to join the prestigious club of A380 operators when it takes delivery of this aircraft in 2014.
Copyright Photo: Airbus. Airbus A380-861 F-WWST (msn 137) departs from Toulouse.
QANTAS Airways (Sydney) is already reaping the benefits of its new relationship with Emirates (Dubai) and the changes it has already made on its international route structure. The QANTAS Group has been shedding unprofitable international routes, cutting jobs, reducing capital spending and selling assets in order to reduce its debt. The QANTAS Group reported a fiscal year underlying profit before tax of A$192 million ($171.5 million), a statutory profit before tax of A$17 million ($15.1 million) and a statutory profit after tax of A$6 million ($5.3 million) for the year ended June 30, 2013.
QANTAS Domestic, Jetstar Airways and QANTAS Loyalty were all profitable, while QANTAS International halved its
underlying EBIT losses.
On the domestic front which is softening, QANTAS is facing stiff competition from Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane).
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In other news, QANTAS also announced a series of improvements to its international network:
The improvements are:
- Starting a new route, Perth–Auckland*, to be offered on a seasonal basis between early December and the end of January, operated by a QANTAS A330 aircraft twice per week.
- Upgrading one return Sydney–Hong Kong service to an Airbus A380 aircraft, increasing the number of A380 return services on this route from four to five per week.
- Increasing frequency to daily on Brisbane–Los Angeles* using the aircraft made available by the A380 upgrade on the Hong Kong route.
- Retiming Qantas’ existing Sydney–Christchurch* service so that it connects with more international services from Sydney and complements the existing Emirates service on this route.
QANTAS Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce and Gareth Evans head the briefing.
*Subject to regulatory approval
The schedule is being progressively loaded from today for travel after 27 October 2013
|ROUTE||CHANGE||EFFECTIVE DATE||CUSTOMER BENEFIT|
|Perth–Auckland||New route, seasonal.Two return services per week, departing Perth on Friday and Saturday, using a QANTAS A330.||First service from Perth will be 6 December 2013.Last service from Auckland will be 1 February 2014.||Adding almost 1,000 seats per week to what is currently a monopoly route over the busy Christmas and summer holiday period.An internationally configured A330 with Skybeds used on the route.|
|Sydney–Hong Kong||Upgrading one return service per week from a B747 to A380.Increases the number of A380 services on this route from four to five per week, with the remainder operated by B747s.||4 November 2013||Increase in capacity by almost 5 per cent per week.Additional A380 flying into Asia.|
|Brisbane–Los Angeles||Increase in the number of services on this route from six to seven using a B747.||2 December 2013||Additional convenience of a daily service from Brisbane.Increase in capacity on this route by about 15 per cent per week.|
|Sydney–Christchurch||QANTAS flight retimed from morning to evening, meaning that the return flight (Christchurch to Sydney) arrives in Sydney at 8:50am instead of 3:55pm. Qantas code available on Emirates flight from Christchurch, which leaves at 4:55pm to arrive in Sydney at 6:15pm. Qantas code also available on Jetstar flight from Christchurch, which leaves at 6.35am to arrive in Sydney at 8.05am.||27 October 2013||Greatly improved onward connections for customers flying from Christchurch to Sydney and then to onward international and domestic flights.Removes need for South Island residents to fly via Auckland to connect with key international flights out of Sydney.Complements the existing Emirates service by providing a double daily service scheduled at either end of the day.|
Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-842 VH-OQD (msn 026) is pictured in action at the Sydney base.
Qatar Airways to fly its Boeing 787 to Stockholm starting on August 1 and Copenhagen and Oslo on September 1
Qatar Airways (Doha) has announced an expansion of its Boeing 787 services to Europe with the new state-of-the-art aircraft being deployed on three Scandinavian routes.
The Doha-based carrier will launch 787 flights to the Swedish capital Stockholm on August 1, followed a month later to both Copenhagen and Oslo – capital cities of Denmark and Norway, respectively, effective September 1.
Qatar Airways operates daily flights to each of the three Scandinavian capitals from its hub, capital of the State of Qatar, with a total weekly capacity of 21 services.
Qatar Airways has 254 custom-made seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class cabins with specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1 with 22 seats, while Economy has a 232 seating capacity in a 3–3–3 layout. All seats in Business Class are fully reclinable.
The airline’s 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities for passengers to remain in touch with friends and colleagues on the ground through the internet and SMS mobile texting across both Business and Economy cabins.
Made up of composite materials, the 787 Dreamliner is lighter and more fuel-efficient than any comparable aircraft of its size and range. Unique features include larger windows, reduced cabin noise and cleaner cabin air.
Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 125 aircraft to 128 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.
The airline has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Salalah (Oman), Najaf and Basra (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Chicago (USA). Over the next few months, the network will grow further with new destinations introduced to Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia (April 2, 2014).
In other news, Qatar Airways intends to introduce its first Airbus A380 on the Doha-London (Heathrow) route followed by Doha-Paris (CDG) in early 2014.
Qatar Airways currently has 13 Airbus A380s on order with plans to operate them on popular routes, especially in slot-constrained airports. The first A380 will arrive in early 2014.
Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A7-BCL (msn 38330) prepares to touch down at London (Heathrow).
Bottom Copyright Image: Airbus. The painted tail has been attached to the first Qatar A380 at Toulouse. The first three A380s will be msn 137, 143 and 146.
British Airways‘ (London) first A380 has been rolled out of the paint shop facility at Hamburg (Finkenwerder), following the application of its full livery. Its livery includes some 10,000 individual dots on the tailfin to produce the effect of the Union flag.
Copyright Photos: Airbus. The pictured A380-841 F-WWSK (msn 095) will become G-XLEA on delivery.
British Airways‘ (London) first Airbus A380 will fly from Los Angeles to London Heathrow, with tickets going on sale today.
Los Angeles will be the inaugural destination for the first A380 to be operated by a UK airline. The double-decker superjumbo is due to be delivered to British Airways in July and seats are now on sale for flights from October 15, 2013.
The second A380 route will be to Hong Kong and customers can book flights now for travel from November 15, 2013.
The A380 will be the largest aircraft in the British Airways fleet, accommodating 469 customers across four cabins. Customers in First will be seated at the front of the main deck. The cabin will offer 14 seats and is evolved from the current First class. Club World (business class) customers can choose from 44 seats on the main deck, or 53 seats on the upper deck. These upper deck seats will feature a new 2:3:2 configuration across the cabin. The 55 World Traveller Plus (premier economy) seats will be located on the upper deck while World Traveller (economy) customers can choose seats on both the main and upper deck. Both cabins will feature the airline’s current design, which is now flying on the new Boeing 777-300 ER fleet.
The aircraft’s innovative design makes it much quieter during take-off and landing and more fuel efficient than its predecessors. British Airways has ordered 12 for delivery by 2016 as part of a [Pounds]5bn investment over five years in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.
The arrival of the A380 has entailed a multi-million pound redevelopment of British Airways’ Heathrow engineering base to support maintenance of the world’s largest commercial aircraft type. This included two 24-ton roof ‘eyebrows’ being lifted into place in one of the hangars to raise the height of the entrance to accommodate the A380′s 24-meter tailfin.
British has 12 A380s on order.
All images: British Airways.
British Airways unveils seating plans for its new Airbus A380s and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, will take delivery of more Boeing 777-300 ERs
British Airways (London) has announced the seating plans for its new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on order. The company issued this statement:
With the first of the airline’s new long-haul aircraft only six months away from delivery, British Airways has announced the cabin design and layout for its Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft.
Two hundred and fourteen customers will enjoy the comforts of the new British Airways 787 Dreamliner and the A380 will be the largest aircraft in the British Airways fleet, with 469 customers.
The 24 Dreamliners and 12 A380s will feature the elegant cabin designs fitted on British Airways’ new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, which have proved hugely popular with customers.
All eight 787-8s will feature a new Club World 2:3:2 layout, the latest generation World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats. In addition, the new A380 will also have an enhanced version of First. The exact seating plans of another 16 787-9s on order have yet to be finalized, they could have three or four-cabin configurations.
British Airways is set to be the first European airline to operate both new aircraft types, with its first Dreamliner arriving in May 2013 and A380 deliveries starting in July 2013.
The British Airways Dreamliner will have 35 seats for customers in the new Club World triple configuration of 2:3:2; 25 seats in a World Traveller Plus layout of 2:3:2; and a further 154 seats for those travelling in World Traveller, with a 3:3:3 configuration.
On the British Airways A380 there will be 14 seats in First on the main deck, with extra personal and stowage space; the Club World cabin will feature 44 seats in a 2:4:2 configuration; and there will be 199 seats in World Traveller, with a 3:4:3 layout.
The A380 upper deck will feature 53 seats in the new Club World triple configuration of 2:3:2; 55 seats in a 2:3:2 World Traveller Plus layout; and World Traveller will have 104 seats in a 2:4:2 configuration.
Both new aircraft will also feature the airline’s latest Thales inflight entertainment system, which offers customers 50 percent more movies, 200 percent more TV shows and 200 percent more audio programs and music*.
Customers will also benefit from new larger screens in all cabins and an easier to use system with shortcut buttons. They will also be able to connect personal devices, such as laptops and use the in-seat power available for the first time in all cabins.
In 2013, British Airways will take delivery of nine new longhaul aircraft. The first British Airways Dreamliner will be delivered in May 2013. A further three will arrive by the end of the year. The first A380 will be delivered in July, with additional deliveries in August and October. Two additional 777-300 ERs will arrive in September and October 2013.
British Airways will announce the routes the new aircraft will operate in Spring 2013.
* Compared with the Rockwell Collins audio video on-demand system deployed on British Airways fleet of Boeing 747s, 767 longhaul aircraft and most Boeing 777-200s.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. More stretched Boeing 777-300 ERs will be joining the fleet. Boeing 777-36N ER G-STBC (msn 38287) arrives at the London Heathrow hub.
Emirates Airline (Dubai) on December 5 touched down in Lyon, celebrating the airline’s third destination in France and fourth new European destination since the start of 2012.
Serviced by an Airbus A340-500 in three cabin classes, Emirates’ flights to Lyon will offer a total of 258 seats including; 12 First Class Suites, 42 seats in Business Class and 204 seats in Economy Class. The addition of this new Emirates service will see an overall capacity increase of 12 per cent in France.
In other news, on December 1, 2012 Emirates’ A380 destination list grew to 20, with Singapore and Moscow joining the airline’s double-decker network.
With the world’s largest fleet of A380 aircraft, at 27 and another four to be delivered up to the end of 2012, Emirates continues to set the pace for A380 deployment. In the four years since the A380 has been in operation over 11.5 million passengers have flown on the aircraft.
Emirates’ inaugural A380 service to Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow marks the first time a commercial A380 flight has touched down in the city reinforcing the airline’s long-term commitment to Russia. In addition to the launch of the A380 to Moscow, Emirates will also upgrade its daily St. Petersburg service, launching a Boeing 777-300 on the route today adding a further 688 seats per week on the route.
With the addition of A380 services, Emirates’ total capacity across four daily services from Dubai to Singapore increases to 1,659 seats daily. In Moscow the total capacity across two daily services from Dubai to Moscow increases to 775 seats daily.
Continuing with its swift A380 utilization from December 10th Emirates will operate all five daily services from London Heathrow with an A380. New York and Paris will also benefit from the upcoming A380 deliveries, each receiving their second daily A380 service from 1st January 2013. The extensive Emirates A380 network enables many customers to now travel onboard the A380 for the full length of their journey.
Passengers in all classes can enjoy Emirates’ award-winning ‘ice’ Digital Widescreen, the industry’s most sophisticated video and audio system, offering 1,400 channels of on-demand entertainment – the largest selection of programming in the sky.
Emirates now operates to 21 A380 destinations with new cities to be announced in the coming months.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Airbus A340-541 A6-ERJ (msn 694) taxies at the Dubai hub.
Airbus (Toulouse) has stated it will take up to eight weeks for each aircraft to make the permanent repairs to fix the wing crack problem. Operators will have the option to schedule the down time at their convenience.
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Copyright Photo: Clement Alloing.
Airbus (Toulouse) has admitted it will be dealing with the wing cracks issue on the A380 for “years” since cracks were found in most aircraft according to this story by Reuters and Today News.
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.
Airbus (Toulouse) has identified the problem that has caused the recent wing cracks on the A380s. According to this article by The Telegraph, the problem has been located in the small brackets (called “feet”) on the wing that hold the metal skin in place on the wing. Some of the brackets have developed cracks due to a design fault. There are about 2,000 brackets on each wing. Airbus has vowed to make the repairs on all affected aircraft.
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.
Malaysia Airlines’ (Kuala Lumpur) first Airbus A380 made its first flight from Toulouse yesterday (October 20).
Malaysia Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Clement Alloing. Please click on the photo for the aircraft details.
Korean Air’s (Seoul) first of four A380 aircraft is in final production at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, and delivery is expected in May 2011.
Korean Air will be the first Asian airline to use the aircraft on transpacific routes and the double-decker airplane will be outfitted with between 400 and 450 seats, making it the most spacious A380 anywhere.
Korean Air is the 6th carrier to introduce the A380 into its fleet, however, it will be the first airline to fly it between the US and Asia.
Korean Air has ordered 10 A380 aircraft. In addition to the May delivery, the airline’s second, third and fourth A380s are scheduled to be delivered to Korean Air next June, July and August. From 2012~2014, additional aircraft will be introduced, bringing the total to ten.
At the outset, the airline will operate the aircraft for short-haul routes to major cities in Japan and East Asia. Next August, the A380 will start servicing Korean Air’s long-haul routes to the US and Europe.
Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJC (msn 043) CDG (Christian Volpati), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Air France (Paris) is facing a 24-hour strike on October 12. Unions at the company are planning to join a national strike in protest of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to raise the minimum retirement age.
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Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Airbus A380-861 F-HPJC (msn 043) prepares to depart from Paris (CDG).
QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-841 VH-OQC (msn 022) SYD (John Adlard), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
QANTAS Airways (Sydney) reported a four percent drop in its yearly profits to slightly over $100 million (US) for the fiscal year.
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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. An unusual angle photo of QF’s giant Airbus A380-841 VH-OQC (msn 022) at Sydney.
Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (D-AIMA) (msn 038) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss) (first LH A380), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Lufthansa (Deutsche Lufthansa AG) (Frankfurst) reported a $135 million net loss for the first half of the year. The loss was blamed on the strike by its pilots and the European airspace closures due to the Icelandic volcanic ash.
Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. LH’s first Airbus A380-841 is pictured at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) as F-WWSH (msn 038) before it became D-AIMA on delivery.
Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKK (msn 051) ZRH (Andi Hiltl) (latest delivery), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Singapore Airlines (Singapore) has swung to the black again with a profit of $185 million (US) in its fiscal first quarter.
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Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. Just delivered, Airbus A380-841 9V-SKK (msn 051) arrives at Zurich.
Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (D-AIMA) (msn 038) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss) (first LH A380), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has elected to accept the arbitration settlement resolved with its pilots.
Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. The first Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (msn 038) at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) for Lufthansa became D-AIMA on delivery.
Emirates Airline (Dubai) has ordered a further 32 A380s from Airbus, taking their total firm orders for the iconic flagship of the 21st century to 90 aircraft. The order has a list price of US$ 11.5 billion. The agreement was signed in a ceremony today at the Berlin Air Show witnessed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, by Emirates Airline Group Chairman and CEO His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, and Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders.
Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Airbus A380-861 A6-EDA (msn 011) taxies at New York (JFK) where it will return in October.
Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKF (msn 012) CDG (Christian Volpati), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Singapore Airlines (Singapore) reported its fiscal fourth-quarter net profit surged to $197 million (US) in the three months ending on March 31.
However the flag carrier is still cautious about a full traffic recovery as the situation remains unstable.
Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Airbus A380-841 9V-SKF (msn 012) taxies at Paris (CDG).
Lufthansa Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (D-AIMA) (msn 038) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss) (first LH A380), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) will once again welcome the A380 super jumbo. Fraport, owner and manager of FRA, expects the A380 to land at approximately 16:00 hours today (May 18). Upon arrival, this first A380 to join the Lufthansa fleet will be officially named “Frankfurt am Main” by Frankfurt’s lord mayor Petra Roth in a ceremony at the A380 maintenance base on the southern side of the airport. Lufthansa has ordered 15 A380s and taken options on another 10 for its superjumbo fleet to be based at the FRA intercontinental hub. The inaugural flight of Lufthansa’s first A380 is scheduled for June 6 at about 20:30, when the German national soccer team takes to the skies on the Frankfurt am Main to Johannesburg for the World Cup 2010 hosted by South Africa.
To celebrate the start of A380 service at FRA and the World Cup, Fraport is offering a special program of family-oriented events on May 19, May 27 and June 6. Along with airport tours, there will be activities at the outdoor Visitors’ Terrace and in the terminals, including a shopping festival with music (June 6). Fans wishing to send off the German national team in style can do so on June 6 from the Terminal 2 Visitors’ Terrace using hand wavers painted in Germany’s national colors, provided by Fraport free of charge. Happy landings for the A380 and good luck Germany at World Cup 2010!
The A380 has been a frequent guest at Frankfurt. The FRA international air transportation hub was considered the first airport worldwide to have an A380-compatible infrastructure. As early as 2004, Fraport started detailed planning for introducing the new super jumbo, a passenger aircraft of unparalleled dimensions. Only a few years later, Fraport modified the first docking position at Terminal 2 to accommodate super jumbos. Finally, on October 29, 2005, a prototype of the new generation aircraft landed for the first time ever at a commercial airport; Airbus had chosen FRA for this test operation. FRA was the only airport able to provide all prerequisites for conducting reliable and promising test operations under realistic conditions.
At FRA comprehensive handling tests were carried out for the A380. These included the first time ever rehearsal of docking a passenger bridge to the upper level of the double-decker A380. At nighttime, important tow tests measured the effects of the A380 on the airport’s instrument landing system. Following successful completion of these airport compatibility tests, Fraport modified five more docking positions for the A380 at both of FRA’s passenger terminal.
In March 2007, Frankfurt served as the international hub for so-called A380 maturity flights (route provings) with passengers flown from FRA to New York, Washington and Hong Kong and Munich. In renewed boarding tests with the A380 Frankfurt Airport successfully achieved turn-around times of 90 minutes. Also in 2007, construction started on the A380 maintenance base as well as on the CD connector building that links FRA’s two passenger terminals. The architecture of the connector building is geared to the special handling requirements of the mega liner. Meanwhile, FRA’s Pier B has also been modified to serve the A380. Frankfurt Airport currently boasts a total of 10 terminal docking positions for the A380. In addition, there are five A380-compatible remote parking positions. With the new Pier A-Plus (now under construction), Terminal 1 will soon feature another four A380 docking positions.
In 2010 the authorities officially approved regular A380 operations for Runway South, Runway West and large parts of the movement areas (ramp and taxiways) at FRA. From the outset, Runway North already conformed to the regulatory requirements for super jumbo operations. In April 2010, Fraport put its infrastructure and equipment to the final test, after enhancements following the previous 2007 A380 visit. With some six years of planning and implementation, Frankfurt Airport is optimally prepared to welcome the first A380 jet to be home-based at FRA.
Featuring a strategic geographic location in the heart of Germany and the EU, Europe’s largest airport catchment area (38 million inhabitants within a 200 kilometer radius), unsurpassed ground-based feeder networks (high-speed rail and autobahn networks), and outstanding A380 infrastructure, equipment and handling expertise, FRA is ready to serve as a super hub for the A380 in 2010 and beyond.
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Along with the arrival of the A380 on May 19, airport visitors will get another chance to see the super jumbo from the Visitors’ Terrace on May 27, when the mega liner will be docked at the terminal from 14:00 to 19:30 for handling checks; airport tours will be available for those wanting a close-up view of the A380. Access to the Visitors’ Terrace will be free of charge for children up to and including age 15.
On June 6, the Airport Tours counter in the Airport City Mall Frankfurt (Level 0, Terminal 1) will raffle tickets for rides in Fraport’s follow-me trucks and the giant A380 tow tractor. Shopping deals, live music, activities for the kids and much more will make this a day of super jumbo fun.
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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (msn 038) became D-AIMA on delivery.
Emirates Airline (Dubai) will restore the Airbus A380 on the Dubai-New York (JFK) route on October 31.
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On the financial side, the government-owned airline reported net income of $964 million for fiscal year ending on March 31.
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Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Airbus A380-861 A6-EDA (msn 011) of Emirates Airline taxies at New York (JFK) before A380 service was suspended in April 2009.
Lufthansa (Frankfurt) has decided to introduce its first Airbus A380 on the FRA-Tokyo (Narita ) route on June 11. The new type will be operated three times a week.
Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A380-841 F-WWSH (msn 038) “Frankfurt am Main” is pictured at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) undergoing high-speed rejected takeoff trials. The new type is due to be delivered around May 19 as D-AIMA.
Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will soon take delivery of its first Airbus A380. A380-841 D-AIMA (msn 038) is now fully painted and is named “Frankfurt am Main” after the FRA hub.
QANTAS Airways (Sydney) yesterday (January 19) increased Airbus A380 service to daily service on the Los Angeles-Sydney route.
Originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery
Emirates Airline (Dubai) will bring the Airbus A380 to Saudi Arabia when it inaugurates A380 service to Jeddah on February 1, 2010. The A380 will be operated four times a week.
Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.
Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EDB (msn 013) LHR, originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Emirates Airline (Dubai) despite the financial crisis in Dubai has been successful in raising $1.13 billion to finance six Airbus A380s.
Copyright Photo: David Apps.
Air France (Paris) brought the new Airbus A380 to New York (JFK) yesterday (November 20, 2009). Operating as flight AF 380 it carried 380 winning bidders on the auction flight. The proceeds will go to humanitarian projects. Regular CDG-JFK service commences on November 23.
Here is the official AF press release:
This morning (November 20), at 11:39 am, Air France’s A380 took off from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, operating flight AF 380, the first transatlantic flight between Europe and the United States by A380. Among the passengers were the 380 winning bidders for seats on the inaugural Paris-New York – Paris flights. This auction raised proceeds of 300,000 euros which will finance five different humanitarian projects by charities chosen by the Air France Foundation.
The aircraft, registration F-GHJA, landed at New York-Kennedy airport at 1:20 local time, 7:20 Paris time.
The proceeds of this auction of seats on the two inaugural Paris-New York-Paris flights finally reached 300,000 euros, more than expected. The amount will thus finance 5 humanitarian projects for children in need instead of the three initially planned.
The benefits of the auction for the inaugural Paris-New York-Paris flights will go to several projects in aid of humanitarian associations for children in need all over the world. The Air France Foundation supports these projects.
Starting on Monday November 23, the A380 will operate daily scheduled flights:
- AF 006 Paris-New York leaving at 1:30, arriving at 3:45 pm;
- and AF 007 New York-Paris leaving at 7:15 pm, arriving at 8:35 the following day.
From Paris, Air France will operate the A380 on its Johannesburg route as from February 3, 2010 and will therefore be the first airline to operate the A380 to Africa.
News link including a video:
Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.
NYC Aviation (Phil Derner) was also there to record the event:
Air Austral (Reunion) has signed a firm order for two Airbus A380-800s in an 840-seat configuration.
Air Austral (Reunion) is expected to firm up an order for a pair of Airbus A380s at the Dubai Air Show which has started today. The airline intends to operate the A380s in a high density (over 800 seats) configuration.
Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) has signed a contract for two additional Airbus A350-900 XWBs and four A380-800s.
Air France Airbus A380-861 F-WWSB (F-HPJA) (msn 033) XFW, originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Air France (Paris) as planned took delivery of its first Airbus A380 yesterday (October 30). A380-861 F-HPJA (msn 033, ex F-WWSB) was accepted by the flag carrier.
Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.
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Airbus (Toulouse and Hamburg) may delay one or two A380 deliveries from 2009 to January 2010.
QANTAS Airways’ (Sydney) normal sterling reputation took another hit again when some of its London-bound QF 31 passengers where stranded for 26 hours in Sydney after two Airbus A380s had mechanical problems. Critics have stated that outsourcing of maintenance for the past 18 months has hurt the company’s reputation and led to several well-documented incidents.
Air France (Paris) is planning to bring its first Airbus A380 to Paris (Orly) on November 11 at 1700 local time for airport familiarization (as an alternate airport). AF is due to take delivery of F-HPJA (msn 033) on October 30 and the new type will go into revenue service on November 23 between Paris (CDG) and New York (JFK).
QANTAS Airways (Sydney) remains bullish and still plans to purchase 160 aircraft over the next 10 years.
Air France (Paris) will take delivery of its first Airbus A380-861 (F-HPJA, msn 033, ex F-WWSB) in a ceremony at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) on October 30. The new type is due to be introduced on the Paris (CDG)-New York (JFK) route on November 23, 2009.
QANTAS Airways (Sydney) on August 24 took delivery of its fourth Airbus A380-842 registered VH-OQD (msn 26). The new airliner is named “Fergus McMaster” after one of its founders and its first chairman. The new addition will permit the company to increase frequency on the Sydney-Singapore-London and Sydney-Los Angeles routes.
Singapore Airlines (Singapore) will introduce the Airbus A380 on the SIN-Melbourne route on September 29.
Singapore Airlines (Singapore) will introduce the Airbus A380 on the Singapore-Hong Kong route on July 9.
Emirates Airline (Dubai) will upgrade the Dubai-Toronto route to the new Airbus A380 on June 1, 2009. The new type will be operated three times a week on the new route. Twice-daily Dubai-Bangkok A380 service will also be started on June 1. The changes are a result of the company dropping A380 service to New York (JFK) on June 30 due to the diminished demand.
QANTAS Airways (Sydney) was forced to ground all three Airbus A380s in a 24-hour period (one is already back in service). Two aircraft had a fuel tank indication system problem.