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Re: The search for the right-sized airplane

DrFumblefinger ·
I believe that's the best summary of modern jet development I've ever read. Interesting and fun, thanks!
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Re: Ever wonder what the inside of the A380 looks like

PHeymont ·
I'd like to try the A380 someday...but only in economy. It's not that much wider than many other wide-bodies (3-4-3 seating compared to 2-5-2 or 3-4-3 on others) and it's divided into sections that keep the perspective comfortable. But it appears that the big trend these days in first-class and business is seats that are practically cocoons, and separate the adjoining passengers with consoles, tables and who-knows-what-else. What happened to sitting companionably with your spouse, maybe even...
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Emirates JFK-Milan $650 summer sale(but you have to buy 2)

PHeymont ·
Good time to take a spouse or good friend to Italy for springtime; Emirates is running a brief sale that closes March 26 for flights June 7 to August 22...$650 apiece in economy and $1900 in business class. The sale is basically to celebrate Emirates...
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The 747 flies on with Lufthansa's Newark route

PHeymont ·
The Boeing 747, the first true jumbo jet, has been in service since 1969, so many people are surprised that they are not only still in service, but still in production!   Lufthansa, one of the 747's biggest boosters took delivery of the 1500th...
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Lufthansa: Bigger planes, bigger profits trans-Atlantic

PHeymont ·
Lufthansa, which makes more than half its revenue from first- and business-class seats, says the routes between German and North America are its most profitable—and it's taking steps on both fronts by switching flights over to bigger planes with...
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Airbus breaks even on A380; what's it's future?

PHeymont ·
Airbus's super-jumbo A380, which has now been flying for 8 years, has finally broken even...but there have been no new orders for several years. That's led to reports that Airbus would close down the line once it finishes the last of the 317 orders,...
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AA/Qantas add more joint flights on West Coast

PHeymont ·
 American Airlines and Qantas, not only Oneworld partners, but linked in a joint operation and revenue-sharing agreement, are added two more flights to the mix. Starting in December, American will operate a daily non-stop between LAX and Sydney,...
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Malaysia Airlines starts over, drops jobs and maybe name

PHeymont ·
Malaysia Airlines, which last year mysteriously lost an airliner and had another shot down over Ukraine, has hired a new CEO to re-make the airline into a profitable regional carrier instead of a money-losing international airline. In the process, it...
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Las Vegas doubles int'l gates, aims at Asia flights

PHeymont ·
Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is putting a new emphasis on international; it will double its international gates to 14, and make one of them capable of handling the huge A380.    The airport is the nation's 9th busiest, with over...
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The search for the right-sized airplane

PHeymont ·
The plane that never was: Boeing's Sonic Cruiser concept helped pave the way for 777/787   Photo: Boeing   Will there be a 797 in our future? Is there a future for the A380 or the 747? And what’s happening with the rest of the ranges...
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Emirates A380 gets 615 seats, keeps legroom

PHeymont ·
That's a whole lot of seats, there, in Emirates new configuration that makes room for 98 more coach passengers by eliminating first class altogether, and shrinking business class by 18 seats.   The good news is that while the seats will not...
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Biggest Jet for Longest Route (DFW to Sydney)

PHeymont ·
Starting in September, Qantas Airways will begin using an A380 double-decker on its service to Sydney, Australia—the world's longest scheduled non-stop route. Before that happens, modifications at DFW's terminal will be completed; the plane uses...
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ANA 'Paint-the-Plane' game promotes Hawaii A380

PHeymont ·
ANA promotes its plan to use an A380 on Tokyo to Honolulu flights with a contest.
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Is the SuperJumbo era nearing its end?

PHeymont ·
With newer, more efficient planes crowding the market, demand for super-jumbos appears to be ending, and with it production of the A380 and 747.
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Gulf-based airlines order $150 BILLION in new planes

PHeymont ·
The growing airlines based in the Persian Gulf, especially Emirates, Qatar and Etihad, have gone on a spending spree to build up their fleets and routes. Boeing got the most orders, for their new "mini-jumbo" versions of the 777, but Airbus sold at...
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Ever wonder what the inside of the A380 looks like

DrFumblefinger ·
I've avoided flying on the Airbus A380 because the thought of over 600 people on a plane makes it all seem a little too crowded to me.  But a nice piece in the Washington Post shows a photo tour of the Emirates A380.  Worth a look....
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A380 champ Emirates adds 2 more

PHeymont ·
Emirates, which operates by far the world's largest fleet of A380s, has picked up two more that were originally ordered by a carrier who cancelledd.
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Airbus to revamp its A380 aircraft by 2022

DrFumblefinger ·
    It's been a fairly rough decade for the Airbus A380 jumbo jet.  Introduced as a plane for the masses, Airbus has had a hard time convincing airlines they should buy this massive aircraft which, depending on how it's configured, can...
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Emirates steps in as United bows out

DrFumblefinger ·
United airlines dropping Dulles - Dubai route; Emirates steps in with expanded A380 service on the route.
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Re: Airbus breaks even on A380; what's it's future?

Travel Rob ·
11 across is really packing people in like sardines. No way to share those armrests unless your holding hands with your seatmate
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Re: Airbus to revamp its A380 aircraft by 2022

PHeymont ·
Perhaps, in the end, the question is not really even one of size or fuel economy, but of passenger willingness to travel from home to "collection points" where they will change planes for their next destination. The Gulf carriers have made a specialty of that: Gather up Asia passengers from the U.S. and Europe and then sort them out and take them to India, China, Australia, etc., and do the same for passengers from those regions. That works as long as you have to make a change anyway. But...
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Re: Airbus to revamp its A380 aircraft by 2022

DrFumblefinger ·
I pretty much agree. I do think for many people convenience is the key factor. I'm usually willing to pay a little more for a direct flight than for a connecting one (because the connection is where you run into problems). And I don't think I'm alone in this observation. The airlines seem to think that price is king and for some people it certainly is. I think the A380s will succeed only if they are the cheapest planes around (lowest airfare). I can think of few things less appealing than...
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