A monster $11.5 billion order for ANOTHER 32 Airbus A380s simply blew the lid off the ILA Berlin Air Show today.
I got the news on the bus on the way up here from central Berlin after finishing at the IATA Annual General Meeting. All the IATA delegates with me were amazed.
So the first destination had to be the Emirates A380 on the flightline here at ILA.
Initially it was nose-to-nose with a Lufthansa A380, but this later took off for Brussels (does anyone know why?).
Just look at those queues of punters at the show keen to get inside this latest Emirates A380, which the carrier has literally just taken possession of and flown in from the Airbus plant in Hamburg.
I got lucky because Emirates manager public & government affairs Will Lofberg spotted me and whisked me past the queue.
The A380 was on a football pitch in honour of a certain tournament kicking off this weekend. These lads were having a keepie-up game.
Here’s Will and I (Will on the right below) on the front stairs from the A380′s upper deck down to the cockpit.
In the cockpit I had the pleasure to meet Captain Abbas Shaban who had flown the A380 from Hamburg. He’s been with the carrier for 15 years and explained that this A380 was one of the Airbus prototype’s – MS9 I recall from memory.
Captain Shaban is a former Gulf Air pilot and shares the cockpit with First Officer Hauke Smid (below left), who has flown for DHL and LAB of Bolivia.
Lufthansa’s A380 viewed from the Emirates A380 cockpit.
And finally, the most popular place on the Emirates A380 – the business class bar!