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SIA talks up A380 and environment

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has becoming one of the first Asian carriers to join the growing debate over the aviation industry’s impact on the environment. At SIA’s annual parliamentary reception at the House of Commons in London yesterday, general manager of UK and Ireland Marvin Tan told politicians, reporters and industry partners that SIA advocates “an […]

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Free A380s for Qatar – some strings attached

“We have a very strong compensation clause with a limited excusable delay beyond which Airbus will have to give me loads of money and the aircraft as a gift,” said Akbar Al Baker (centre), with only a hint of pathos, speaking at his annual press conference at London‘s World Travel Market show yesterday about discussions […]

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Qantas boosts sorry Airbus

A true salesman always tries to make something positive come out of adversity. The Airbus team that has managed to not only ensure that one of its launch A380 customers – Australia’s Qantas Airways – is staying with the programme, but is in fact ordering more of the superjumbos, can be forgiven for popping the […]

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A380 deliveries to hit the downturn

Amid all the carnage at Airbus over the extra delays to the A380 there is another potentially serious fallout that cannot be overlooked: will A380 deliveries start just as the industry heads into its next downturn? The original plan saw A380s being delivered this year and next. Such timing would not have coincided with the […]

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Airbus counts the cost of A380 delays

Qantas Airways today became the first Airbus A380 customer to disclose how much compensation it will receive from Airbus for mounting delivery delays, writes Airline Business deputy editor Brendan Sobie. If A$104 million ($79 million) in payments to Qantas for delays to its 12 A380s are any indication of what Airbus will have to pony […]

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A380 touches down in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways has become the second Middle East carrier after Emirates to welcome the A380 to its home base. An A380 test aircraft flew into Abu Dhabi for hot weather testing on the 24 July and Etihad used the occasion to show off the aircraft (see the pictures below). The arid Gulf provides an ideal […]

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A380 – a touch of class

With the possibility of first- and business-class passengers boarding the double-deck Airbus A380 direct from their own lounge via airbridge to the upper deck, premium passengers can pay for the privilege of not having to mix with their economy-class fellow travellers at all. This concept is being taken one step further by Airbus. Journalists visiting […]

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Low-cost A380 services – imagine that

The prospect of high-flying Emirates using some of its Airbus A380s in a high-density layout to operate what would be medium or long-haul low-cost carrier-style services is enough to send a shudder down the spine of many of its competitors. But it is a thought on the mind of the carrier’s vice-chairman and group president […]

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A380 hits first turbulence

For once the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel had competition on the Dubai skyline as the Airbus A380 took to the skies (pictured) as part of the Dubai Airshow. Flying low along Dubai’s beachfront in full Emirates livery, the type apparently received spontaneous applause from onlookers. And reports suggest the A380 literally stole the show, […]

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