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Re: Airbus A380 news

Post by Ozzie1969 » 07 Apr 2017, 00:24

sn26567 wrote:
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These seats might just do for a 10 minute busride, not for some transcontinental flight, though.

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Post by galaxy » 07 Apr 2017, 10:29

Ozzie1969 wrote:
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These seats might just do for a 10 minute busride, not for some transcontinental flight, though.
Don't forget , it's an Air...bus :roll:

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Post by sn26567 » 08 May 2017, 17:35

Now also Air France is mulling a 11-abreast layout for its A380 fleet, up from 10-abreast.

Bye bye Air France!
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Post by sn26567 » 09 May 2017, 17:45

Emirates said that its 115-ordered A380s, to be completed in mid-2019, is the “absolute maximum” aircraft its Dubai International Airport hub will be able to handle. A switch to Dubai World Central will open up more capacity for the airline, but will not be possible within the next 10 years.
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Post by sn26567 » 06 Jun 2017, 22:41

Airbus plans a further cut in A380 build rates amid a continuing dearth of new aircraft orders. The company is assessing how best to drop output below the 12 planes a year, with a decision made before the end 2017 in the absence of further sales.
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Post by MD-11forever » 07 Jun 2017, 16:23

And finally some good news for the A380:

Airbus Superjumbo May Get Lifeline as Emirates Mulls 20-Jet Deal
(Bloomberg) -- Emirates, the biggest operator of Airbus SE’s A380 superjumbo, is in talks about the purchase of 20 more of the double-decker jets in a move that could extend the lifespan of a program dogged by slow sales, people familiar with the discussions said.
The contract would be worth $8.7 billion before discounts, though negotiations are at an early stage and it hasn’t been established exactly how many aircraft the Persian Gulf carrier requires, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. Airbus might also be required to commit to measures to make the A380 more efficient before a deal is signed.
An Emirates Airbus A380
Dubai-based Emirates could reach an agreement to acquire the planes before the end of 2017 for deliveries starting in 2020, two people said. That would hand Airbus a lifeline in maintaining production at a level where it can break even on each jet, after the company warned this week it would have to cut output further in the absence of new orders this year.
Emirates said an email it has no plans “at this time” to buy more A380s, though regularly engages with manufacturers on “product updates and enhancement of current and future aircraft.” A spokesman for Toulouse, France-based Airbus said it doesn’t comment on confidential client discussions.
Emirates, the world’s leading long-haul carrier, is by far the biggest buyer and operator of the A380, with orders for more than 140 planes configured for 489 to 615 seats.
Tim Clark, the airline’s president, had indicated that it would buy as many as 200 more superjumbos if Airbus and engine supplier Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc agreed to develop an upgraded version equipped with more efficient turbines. That’s something the planemaker is reluctant to do given the lack of demand from other carriers, though Emirates is still pushing for performance improvements, according to one of the people.
The purchase under discussion, which could be split between firm orders and options, may be intended to replace A380s on leases that are set to expire in coming years, rather than to boost capacity at a time when regional demand is at a low ebb.

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Post by sn26567 » 12 Jun 2017, 18:26

MD-11forever wrote:
07 Jun 2017, 16:23
And finally some good news for the A380:

Airbus Superjumbo May Get Lifeline as Emirates Mulls 20-Jet Deal
Sure? Today, Emirates says it has no plans at this time to purchase additional A380s, despite the rumours.
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Re: Airbus A380 news

Post by sn26567 » 14 Jun 2017, 21:48

Airbus may extend the wingspan of its A380 as an alternative to launching a whole new “neo” model, providing prospective buyers instead with the option of buying an aircraft with new engines and some enhanced design features.
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sn26567 wrote:
14 Jun 2017, 21:48
Airbus may extend the wingspan of its A380 as an alternative to launching a whole new “neo” model, providing prospective buyers instead with the option of buying an aircraft with new engines and some enhanced design features.
NEO - CEO - PLUS ?

http://www.aviation24.be/manufacturers/ai ... -neo-plus/

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And...
It will be the PLUS!

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Post by luchtzak » 18 Jun 2017, 19:22

luchtzak wrote:
17 Jun 2017, 16:02
sn26567 wrote:
14 Jun 2017, 21:48
Airbus may extend the wingspan of its A380 as an alternative to launching a whole new “neo” model, providing prospective buyers instead with the option of buying an aircraft with new engines and some enhanced design features.
NEO - CEO - PLUS ?

http://www.aviation24.be/manufacturers/ai ... -neo-plus/
34% voted A380 PLUS

More than 50% thought about A380 NEO

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Post by luchtzak » 19 Jun 2017, 08:18

Official press release: http://www.aviation24.be/manufacturers/ai ... -a380plus/

497 passengers is the airline’s average capacity of the A380s currently in operation today – which are consistently attracting above-average passenger load factors. With all A380 cabin enablers, the A380 average seat count would move from 497 to 575 in four classes, and generate significantly more revenue for airlines.

Cabin enablers description

New Forward Stairs – 20 more passengers (Business, Premium Economy & Economy Classes)

The NFS involves relocation of the forward stair from Door 1 to Door 2, and combining the entrance of the NFS to the upper deck (going up), with the adjacent staircase to the lower-deck crew-rest (going down). The NFS would make room for up to 20 additional passengers.

Combined Crew-Rest Compartment (CCRC) – three more passengers (Premium Economy)

For the CCRC, the existing flight-crew-rest (behind the cockpit in the mezzanine area at Door 1) is moved down and combined with the cabin crew rest on the lower deck. This innovation frees space for three extra Premium-Economy passengers at the front of the main-deck.

11-abreast 3-5-3 economy layout on the main-deck – 23 more passengers (Economy Class)

Thanks to an innovative seating concept developed by Airbus and its seating partners, Airbus is able to maintain an 18inch seat-width while offering airlines an 11-abreast Economy Class on the main-deck in a ‘3-5-3’ configuration. This enables an increase in capacity of 23 seats – adding significantly to the A380’s revenue-generating potential.

New Aft-Galley Stair Module (AGSM) – 14 more passengers + two food trolleys

The AGSM involves the redesign of the rear-stair from a spiral configuration to a straight/square one. On the main-deck, this allows valuable storage volume for galley modules. Overall the AGSM provides space for 14 more revenue passengers plus two extra food trolleys.

Upper-deck sidewall stowage removal – 10 more passengers (Business Class)

The option to remove the sidewall stowages on the upper-deck increases the wall-to-wall cabin width at foot-rest height – which makes space for up to 10 more business class seats / beds when an angled herring-bone arrangement is used.

Nine-abreast Premium Economy on the main deck – 11 more passengers (Premium Economy)

The A380’s generous main-deck cross section – significantly wider than any other commercial airliner – is allowing seat manufacturers to optimise their Premium Economy (PE) seat designs to create the industry’s most efficient and comfortable PE layout possible. This layout enables 11 more PE seats than in an eight-abreast layout.

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Re: Airbus A380 news

Post by sn26567 » 19 Jun 2017, 09:40

That looks all very well, but overall it will mean a decrease in comfort for the economy passengers. As usual!
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Re: Airbus A380 news

Post by sn26567 » 21 Jun 2017, 17:11

Emirates expects reassurances from Airbus on the future of the A380 programme before it will consider another aircraft order, as the carrier is concerned about the residual value and financial implications.
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Post by luchtzak » 03 Jul 2017, 13:11

First A380 could be scrapped already: http://www.aviation24.be/aircraft-leasing ... -scrapped/

That's early!

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Re: Airbus A380 news

Post by pitrixplanespotting » 04 Jul 2017, 08:56

If the price is 'low' and Air Belgium has the money :P
Haha, we have less than 0.1% chance for that ;)

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Re: Airbus A380 news

Post by flightlover » 04 Jul 2017, 10:29

Or A380 triangular flights to Africa anyone? :)

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Post by MD-11forever » 25 Jul 2017, 11:17

Future of Airbus A380 Superjumbo Said to Hinge on Emirates Order

(Bloomberg, 07/24/2017) -- Airbus SE is working on vital sales campaigns aimed at extending the life of its flagship A380 superjumbo, with outgoing marketing chief John Leahy seeking to secure orders by the Dubai Air Show in November, people familiar with the matter said.
Key to the push is a requirement for 20 jets worth $8.7 billion at leading A380 customer Emirates, with follow-on orders from British Airways ownerIAG SA, Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc. and Thai Airways International PCL also in the mix, according to the people, who asked not to be named as the talks are private.
Airbus may not feel that it can proceed with the smaller sales, likely to be for five to 10 planes apiece, without the Emirates deal to bolster the backlog, the people said. In the absence of new orders the company is set to pare output to less than one A380 a month, most likely sounding the death knell for the jet amid a dwindling backlog, and could detail the envisaged cut in an earnings update this week, they said.
Emirates is evaluating an upgraded version of the superjumbo unveiled at the Paris Air Show in June and dubbed the “A380 plus.” The design adds fuel-saving winglets, which combined with an already-announced layout revision carrying 80 more passengers would shave 13 percent from per-seat costs, though Tim Clark, the airline’s president, says he doesn’t need extra berths.
Airbus’s head of programs Didier Evrard said in May it would decide by the end of this year whether to reduce production of the A380 -- which has a list price of $436.9 million -- to fewer than 12 jets a year. A failure to get the Emirates deal done could see output fall to a 0.7-a-month equivalent rate, a figure reported by France’s Challenges magazine Thursday.
The planemaker may still be forced to cut the A380 rate even with a follow-up order from Emirates if the airline opts to take the jets at a later date because of overcrowding at its Dubai hub, though Clark has suggested the planes would most likely replace older superjumbos coming off lease from 2020.

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Post by MD-11forever » 27 Jul 2017, 09:23

MD-11forever wrote:
25 Jul 2017, 11:17
Future of Airbus A380 Superjumbo Said to Hinge on Emirates Order
And that future does not seem to be very bright as Airbus announced a further production cut to just 8 aircraft a year in 2019:

Airbus Slashes Superjumbo Production

(Bloomberg, 07/27/2017) -- Airbus SE announced a new cut in production of its slow-selling A380 superjumbo, casting further doubt over the flagship program’s future, while warning that engine glitches are still weighing on deliveries of the single-aisle A320 that’s due to become its largest-volume model.
The A380 build rate will be reduced to eight jets a year in 2019, down from 15 this year and 28 in 2016, Airbus said Wednesday. While the company aims to eke out the backlog in anticipation of revived demand as airports get busier, it said the handful of ongoing contract negotiations may not produce sales.
“Even if we should get another order before the end of the year that will not change the needle on our rate decision, except if we would get an unexpectedly high order, Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders told reporters.
The A380 was already due to see production cut to one aircraft a month from next May, and the reductions mean that it is no longer breaking even on a per-plane basis. The company has long since given up on recouping the program’s 25 billion euros in development costs.
Airbus last month offered an enhanced version of the A380 featuring fuel-saving winglets, which combined with an already-announced layout revision accommodating 80 more people would shave 13 percent from per-seat costs. Dubai-based Emirates, the leading superjumbo buyer, is exploring the upgrade with a view to buying 20 planes, though Tim Clark, its president, had wanted a more significant upgrade featuring new engines.

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Re: Airbus A380 news

Post by sn26567 » 08 Aug 2017, 17:39

British Airways to offer A380 service from London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare in May 2018.

http://www.aviation24.be/airlines/iag/bri ... mmer-2018/
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