Got a lazy half-billion sitting around? Maybe you should splash out on a private Airbus A380 as your next ride. Those crazy engineers at Lufthansa Technik have cooked up a virtual walkthrough of how they'd kit out a VIP version of the A380. But perhaps this self-indulgent superjumbo isn't ...
POSTED 18 Jul, 2011 2 Comments
Boeing is set to debut the new 747-8 on February 13, ahead of its first commercial flights in late 2011 or early 2012. Officially dubbed the 747-8 Intercontinental, the next-gen Jumbo is a seriously stretched version of the familiar 747-400. At 250 foot (76 metre) from tip to tail it's the longe...
POSTED 19 Jan, 2011 0 Comments
Qantas will boost its Airbus A380 fleet to a total of nine early next year with the delivery of two new factory-fresh superjumbos, bringing the airline almost halfway to its total order of 20. This month’s arrival of the seventh A380 from the Airbus facility at Toulouse has already allowed...
POSTED 29 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
Korean Air will dedicate the entire upper deck of its new Airbus A380s to business class, beating a refit by Singapore Airlines to become the first A380 with a single deck for premium passengers.The upper level will be set aside for 94 of Korean Air’s lie-flat Prestige Class business seatin...
POSTED 29 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
Singapore Airlines will introduce its highly-regarded Airbus A380 onto the Singapore-Japan-US route next year, flying via Narita to Los Angeles (LAX). As of March 27, the SQ11 and SQ12 flights – said to be among SQ’s most profitable services – will be upgraded from the current ...
POSTED 15 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
You're a billionaire who needs a new private jet, so what's top of your shopping list? An Airbus A380, of course. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – a member of the Saudi Royal Family whose investments in real estate and the stock market have earned him a net worth estimated...
POSTED 15 Dec, 2010 2 Comments
Update Singapore Airlines has now confirmed a new series of Airbus A380s with business class cabin running the entire length of the upper deck, and airline booking systems are showing this will make its debut on the Sydney-Singapore SQ221/212 service on June 20th. Read our updated report on...
POSTED 14 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
Cathay Pacific is still open to adding the Airbus A380 superjumbo to its fleet for long-haul and ultra long-haul routes to Australia, the US and Europe. Speaking at the overnight launch of the Hong Kong flag-carrier’s new business class seating and cabin, current Chief Operating Officer an...
POSTED 8 Dec, 2010 1 Comment
Qantas is moving to recover costs from its recent A380 woes from Rolls-Royce, manufacturer of the Trent 900 engine which exploded on its QF32 flight (see the leaked pics) and subsequently grounded the airline's entire Airbus A380 superjumbo fleet. Those costs have been estimated at exceeding A$1...
POSTED 2 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
The risk to passengers on the damaged Qantas A380 may have been greater than first assumed. Recent interviews with flight crew by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau have revealed more damage was done to the plane than indicated by original reports. Flight QF32 was forced to make an emergency ...
POSTED 10 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
Update: As a result of inspections, Qantas has confirmed the cause of the QF32's engine failure. The failure of Rolls-Royce's Trent 900 engine appears to have happened in the intermediate pressure turbine. Air Transport World reports that certain clues point to an oil fire occurring withi...
POSTED 8 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
Update: After halting flights yesterday, Singapore Airlines are now putting their A380s back in the skies. A spokeswoman has said that the 11 planes have been checked and are all safe to fly. Rolls-Royce, Airbus and the Australian government are still investigating what caused the engine damage ...
POSTED 5 Nov, 2010 1 Comment
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