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BA A380: Thatcher would have (probably) approved

If you think the British Airways Airbus A380 looks resplendent in its new livery, you probably ought to thank, at least in part, the late former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher openly disapproved of BA’s bold decision to abandon its Union flag colours in favour of a multitude of ethnic designs intended to reflect its global […]

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Kingdom’s prince gives up Airbus’s queen

If Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal has truly sold his VIP Airbus A380, ordered in late 2007, it won’t come as a surprise to anyone paying close attention at last year’s Farnborough air show. Because Airbus’s demonstrator aircraft, MSN4, arrived at the show with a subtle amendment to the customer list on its fuselage – […]

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VIDEO: MAS shows off its A380 at Heathrow

Malaysia Airlines’ shiny new Airbus A380 made its debut this morning at Heathrow’s Terminal 4, after introduction on the carrier’s flagship Kuala-Lumpur-London service. The new 494 seater is operating one of the airline’s two daily services between the cities on an initial three-times weekly frequency. The A380 will go daily from mid-August when the second […]

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The Qantas A380 drama – QF32 a year on

This time last year Europe awoke to images of a rather second-hand looking Qantas Airbus A380 on the runway at Singapore’s Changi airport. The big jet, operating Flight QF32 from London to Sidney via Singapore on 4 November 2010 with 469 souls on board, had made an emergency landing back at Changi after suffering a […]

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Red Bull “flyer” Webber gets his hands on a Qantas “big bus”

As Red Bull Racing Formula 1 racer Mark Webber prepares to repeat his feat of a year ago by winning this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, he’s swapped his 200mph RB7 for a 600mph Airbus A380. Australian Webber, a “Qantas Ambassador”, is to study for his pilot’s license and has hooked up with his […]

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“Very big jet” country, #PAS11 style

This year’s Paris air show has seen an invasion by the big jets on an unprecedented scale, with almost 2,000 tonnes of Airbus and Boeing “jumbo” heavy metal on display.   The Le Bourget museum’s long-serving Boeing 747-100 exhibit has been joined by two of its younger, but larger siblings, a 747-8F and 747-8I passenger […]

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Air France Brings the A380 To Washington, DC

After announcing the launch of the route in November, Air France’s inaugural A380 flight to Washington, DC arrived at Dulles International Airport on 6 June. The A380 aircraft flying to Washington feature 516 seats – 9 first, 80 business, 38 premium economy, and 389 economy. Air France’s original A380s were not equipped with the airline’s premium […]

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About that Indian super-dense A380 rival…

We’ve all been there. One misheard quote and suddenly your journalistic creativity runs riot while your common-sense filter is out on a tea-break. Even on a publication as venerable as The Times of India. Can’t say I was at the press conference, but a quick check of other Indian papers suggests minister Ashwani Kumar actually said […]

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How not to make an A380 assembly video

Korean Air might want to pick up a couple of tips from Emirates on the art of creating a polished Airbus A380 advertisement. The Seoul-based airline, which took delivery of its first A380 in May, has its own promotional video showing the aircraft being put together in time-lapse footage.   But wait a second… Korean […]

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Emirates advert builds an A380 in 30 seconds

Emirates might already have 90 Airbus A380s on order but it built a 91st – or at least gave a computer-enhanced impression that it had – on a film set in South Africa, to promote the economic benefits of the Dubai-based carrier’s fleet programme. In a 30-second advertisement actor Maxim Deluc, playing a flight attendant, […]

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