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Where art thou, Emirates A380 in Melbourne?

Emirates A380 A6-EDJ makes a late adjustment on approach to Heathrow. Photograph: AirSpace user Eclipse Now that Virgin Australia’s re-branding is complete, there seems to be no question bigger on some minds than when Emirates will extend to Melbourne the honour it has given to Sydney by deploying the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus A380.The […]

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Qantas not concerned about A380 fuel diversions

In non-ashcloud news, Qantas has found no evidence suggesting recent diversions on itsAirbus A380 fleet due to low fuel are outside of an acceptablethreshold, as we reported earlier this month on our Air Transport Intelligence news wire.“There is no data suggesting any of this is above normal,” said PeterBroschofsky, Qantas general manager for environment and […]

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Qantas may cancel aircraft deliveries? Let’s do the math.

Boeing image of a Qantas 787, released at the time of the company’s order. The prospect of Qantas culling kangaroos in the form of new aircraft deliveries warrants a closer look.As Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce told The Australian, “everything is on the table” when it comes to reviewing the airline’s loss-making international operations, including […]

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Qantas to start third A380 LAX route next year?

One of Qantas’ newest A380 aircraft, VH-OQI, departs Melbourne on 17 April. An article on LAX’s terminal expansion from California paper Contra Costa Times offers this small but interesting nugget: “Qantas intends to add a third A380 jetliner to its Los Angeles routes in 2012″. A Qantas spokesman could not be drawn to comment on […]

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Qantas’s damaged A380 to return to service this year #QF32

Photograph: AirSpace user Orville The Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft damaged last November during an uncontained Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine failure on flight QF32 will return to service this calendar year, chief executive Alan Joyce says in Sydney. “We’ll be in the air by the end of the year with that aircraft,” Joyce says. He cautions, […]

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In defense of Joyce & Qantas fleet planning

Photo: Ken DeJarlais/Boeing. When Boeing in the 1990s went to create its new long-haul twinjet, the 777, it took the hitherto unprecedented step of involving ten airlines in the aircraft’s design. All but one of those airlines would go on to order scores of 777s.The standout? Qantas.In recent years commentators have come down hard on […]

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VH-OQA still due to re-enter service, Qantas affirms

Photograph: PA Photos It has nearly been three months since the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 uncontained failure on Qantas A380 flight QF32. Since the 4 November accident little has been seen of the aircraft involved, VH-OQA and named Nancy-Bird Walton.Theories ranging from the humble to extravagant are circulating about the aircraft’s fate, but a Qantas spokesman […]

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Annals of history: How Boeing lost Qantas’s VLA order to Airbus

During its VLA order decision in 2000, Qantas thought the A380′s dual full-length upper decks would be more impressive to passengers. It was November 2000 and the Qantas board was deciding between two very large aircraft (VLA) known only as the A3XX and 747X-Stretch to replace and grow its 747-400 fleet, which in turn would […]

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Are Bangkok and Tokyo next for Qantas A380s?

Qantas’s lawsuit against Rolls-Royce is supported by a profusion of documents, copies of which were obtained by Wings Down Under, and give insight into Qantas’s A380 operations.One such example is where the Qantas A380 fleet may fly to next.Bangkok and TokyoIn its 2000 request for proposal to engine manufacturers to supply powerplants for its very […]

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More questions than answers with Qantas resuming A380 flights to LAX

Qantas’s announcement today that following the removal of thrust limitations it will resume limited LAX A380 flights on 16 January with QF93 departing MEL for LAX leaves more questions than answers.The only answer we have is ‘when’: when Qantas will resume A380 trans-Pacific flights. Missing is the more critical ‘how’.That flight from MEL is the […]

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