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  • Airbus A380 to be unveiled...

    Airbus A380 is set to be unveiled...It's going to take the crown away from Boeing's 747 as the largest passenger aircraft.

    Anyone have any thoughts?
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    Bring on the new age of aviation. Quite ironic how I read this on google after watching the aviator (which is an amazing movie may I add)
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    • #3
      Check it out...Dang, this looks awesome.

      http://www.drudgereport.com/flasha.htm

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Prodimysterio
        Check it out...Dang, this looks awesome.

        http://www.drudgereport.com/flasha.htm
        Thats a prototype, I doubt they will build many like that, apart from maybe airforce one (of course they would never use an airbus for air force one!).

        I keep on hearing that there is a range improvement over the 747, anyone know the new longer routes this opens up, e.g. London -> Sydney or New York to Toyko? I doubt either are possible with it, but just wondering?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Prodimysterio
          Check it out...Dang, this looks awesome.

          http://www.drudgereport.com/flasha.htm
          Are those real?!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dean C
            Are those real?!
            yes. but they are only showing the first class.
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            • #7
              This are only design studies. Every Airline can have there own desgin for the inner part of the Airbus 380:

              http://www.airbus.com/a380/
              http://www.airbus.com/product/a380_backgrounder.asp

              So if you have a good map
              The A380 Family starts from a baseline passenger aircraft with a capacity of 555 passengers in three classes over a range of up to 8,000 nm./14,800 km. Larger and longer range members of the family are anticipated in the basic design concept.

              The A380 freighter offers more payload and more range capability than current freighters.

              Its basic capability is a payload of 150 tonnes over a range of 10,410km (5,620nm). The increase in payload offers great savings from consolidation of freight shipments and the increase in range means that more cities can be joined by "next day" freight services.


              This finally offers a freight aircraft that can cross the Pacific in a single stride which can cut as much as a day off door-to-door time, allowing such items as "just-in-time" deliveries for e-commerce, to be faster and guaranteed
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              • #8
                These 360 views are pretty nice:
                http://www.airbus.com/product/a380_comfort.asp

                I wonder how much a ticket on this baby is going to be for a normal passenger.
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                • #9
                  The only thing that will be the same is the outside of the plane.

                  Airlines wont want that interior (even for first class) because they can fit more seats in with the traditional seats in a row. They are not going to spend alot of money for less seats!!

                  Though, it does look cool

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dean C
                    These 360 views are pretty nice:
                    http://www.airbus.com/product/a380_comfort.asp

                    I wonder how much a ticket on this baby is going to be for a normal passenger.
                    Should be cheaper than a 747. They take more people and use less fuel, they will generally be used as hub to hub transport connecting continents. This is apprently why Boeing have not rushed ahead with a competitor plane, they believe the hub-hub-spoke model of plane transport is dieing, and that people will want to go directly to where they need to get to.

                    I wouldn't expect much of the planes to look like the pictures. The airlines will cram people in them just like they do now. These planes are about carrying more people & stuff further, not making it more comfortable
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by chrispadfield
                      Should be cheaper than a 747. They take more people and use less fuel, they will generally be used as hub to hub transport connecting continents. This is apprently why Boeing have not rushed ahead with a competitor plane, they believe the hub-hub-spoke model of plane transport is dieing, and that people will want to go directly to where they need to get to.

                      I wouldn't expect much of the planes to look like the pictures. The airlines will cram people in them just like they do now. These planes are about carrying more people & stuff further, not making it more comfortable
                      Well so much for the McDonalds and Casinos that were reported in the press earlier this week
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                      • #12
                        It would be the most expensive McDonalds you had ever bought me thinks. You never know, they may build bars and casinos and the like, but only if the space/weight they take up can be recouperated - which seems to me unlikely. Private rooms I see as more likely.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by chrispadfield
                          Should be cheaper than a 747. They take more people and use less fuel, they will generally be used as hub to hub transport connecting continents. This is apprently why Boeing have not rushed ahead with a competitor plane, they believe the hub-hub-spoke model of plane transport is dieing, and that people will want to go directly to where they need to get to.

                          I wouldn't expect much of the planes to look like the pictures. The airlines will cram people in them just like they do now. These planes are about carrying more people & stuff further, not making it more comfortable
                          That is true to a certain extent. More seats obviously mean more money, but don't forget that the A380 is capable of carrying 850 PAX. However, it is only certified for 555 at the moment. Therefore the airlines have more space to play with whether they like it or not. Airbus has applied to get it certified for 850 PAX but many things still need to be done. (Evacuation tests with 850 PAX onboard etc.) There are also plans to make a shortened and stretched version of the A380. So it is likely that the 850 seat version will be certified for the stretched A380-900 and not the current A380-800. However, there is still lots of extra space onboard the aircraft even with 555 seats onboard.

                          Boeing are also currently considering developing a 747-400adv, which will carry more passengers than its current 747 and will have technology based on its new 7E7 currently in development. If they go-ahead with this, it will also have brand new engines which could make the 747 more efficient than the A380. This is one thing the press have failed to pick up on.
                          Last edited by HostOrbit; Tue 18th Jan '05, 1:17pm.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by chrispadfield
                            It would be the most expensive McDonalds you had ever bought me thinks. You never know, they may build bars and casinos and the like, but only if the space/weight they take up can be recouperated - which seems to me unlikely. Private rooms I see as more likely.
                            I caught the brief end of a radio clip today which re-iterated the idea of McDonalds and a casino, from the 3/4 seconds I heard it sounded like Richard Branson (Virgin), so maybe he's planning something like that
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                            • #15
                              That is true to a certain extent. More seats obviously mean more money, but don't forget that the A380 is capable of carrying 850 PAX. However, it is only certified for 555 at the moment. Therefore the airlines have more space to play with whether they like it or not.
                              That is interesting, I did not know that. I guess there is also a factor of boarding times here, even with two doors how long would it take to board 850 people, that and most airports only support 1 door boarding.

                              Boeing are also currently considering developing a 747-400adv, which will carry more passengers than its current 747 and will have technology based on its new 7E7 currently in development. This is one thing the press have failed to pick up on.
                              I read that and they are thinking of making a decision by the end of this year (I believe), but even if they did it will likely be the best part of a decade before anyone could fly on the thing.
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