Lufthansa A380 Routes With the first commercial flight of the Lufthansa A380 just around the corner Lufthansa has recently announced the first routes and schedule for the Lufthansa A380 fleet. Note the below Lufthansa A380 Routes will begin operation from dates listed below but will be operated progressively as they receive their next 4 Airbus A380 Aircraft. Route Flight Departure Arrival Days of operation Date of first flight Frankfurt – Tokyo LH710 13:35 07:30 +1 Tu, Fr, Su 11 June 2010 Tokyo – Frankfurt LH711 09:35 14:15 We, Sa, Mo 12 June 2010 Frankfurt –Beijing LH720 17:20 08:30 +1 Mo, We, Fr 25 August 2010 Beijing – Frankfurt LH721 10:30 14:30 Tu, We, Fr 26 August 2010 Frankfurt – Johannesburg LH572 22:35 08:50 +1 Mo, We, Sa 25 October 2010 Johannesburg – Frankfurt LH573 18:55 05:20 +1 Tu, Th, Su 26 October 2010 Table 1: Lufthansa A380 Routes & Schedule Lufthansa have 15 A380s on order and possible future routes include New York’s JFK from November 2010.
The Lufthansa A380 Interior Cabin has finally been revealed with the release of the below Lufthansa A380 Cabin Photos. These pictures closely follow hot on the heel just the other week of the Lufthansa A380 Seat Map so analyzing both of these together we now have a better idea of what the latest A380 to fly the skies, will be like. Lufthansa A380 First Class As I revealed with release of the seat map, Lufthansa A380 First class is located on the forward upper deck will feature 8 seats in a 1-2-1 seating configuration. Unlike Singapore Airlines, Emirates & Qantas, the Lufthansa A380 First Class is a seat rather than a suite. Despite the absence of suites in first class, the cabin looks very nice indeed designed to make clever use of the available space. One of the nice touche to come out of the Lufthansa A380 First Class cabin is the two restrooms, which from the picture below look huge, perhaps as big as the Emirates A380 First Class restroom, however with the absence of the shower. Lufthansa A380 Business Class The Lufthansa A380 Business Class cabin located on the rear upper deck and features 98 seats that are set out in a 2-2-2 seating configuration. From what I have seen of these cabin photos both the Business Class and Economy Class cabin and seats looks a little dated in design, however not having the full specifications of both the Business and Economy Class cabin and seats I will need to reserve my final judgment until I have all of the details. One note from watching the Lufthansa A380 Cabin Video the business class seat is not a true lie flat seat, which is a very big disappointment. Perhaps Lufthansa thought a lie flat seat in Business would encroach too much into their First Class product. I for one think it’s crazy for an A380 Business Class not to feature a lie flat seat. Lufthansa A380 Economy Class Lufthansa A380 Economy Class cabin features 420 seats in a 3-4-3 configuration, apart from the in-seat in flight entertainment unit (IFE) the cabin and seats look older in design. In terms of seat and in-flight entertainment options again I will provide another update when more information is released from Lufthansa
The Lufthansa A380 Seat Map Seat Plan has just been released by Lufthansa ahead of its first flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo on the 11 June 2010. The seat map shows Economy Class on the lower deck and Business Class and First Class on the Upper deck and a total of 526 seats in these three classes. Seat numbers in each class is as follows: First Class 8 Seats Business Class 98 Seats Economy Class 420 Seats Lufthansa A380 Cabin Interior Photos have not yet been released but expect something very soon
Since the first Qantas A380 was put into operation on 20 October 2008 flying the Melbourne to Los Angeles & Sydney to Los Angeles routes the Qantas A380 fleet has expanded to 6 aircraft operating from Melbourne & Sydney to Los Angeles & London (via Singapore) The table below contains detailed Qantas A380 Schedule and route information. To find and book a flight on Qantas Airbus A380 service use the below table to first select a Qantas A380 Route & flight number then ensure you select one of the associated days of operation as some service are in operation with both Qantas Boeing 747-400 and also Qantas A380 Aircraft. Flight No Route Days of Operation Depart Arrive QF93 Melbourne to Los Angeles Wed, Fri and Sun 10:10 07:30 QF94 Los Angeles to Melbourne Wed, Fri and Sun 23:20 07:55 +2 days QF11 Sydney to Los Angeles Daily 13:05 09:45 QF12 Los Angeles to Sydney Daily 22:30 06:30 +2 days QF31 Sydney to Singapore Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat 16:15 22:30 QF32 Singapore to Sydney Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri 09:40 19:15 QF31 Sydney to London Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat 16:15 06:35 +1 day QF32 London to Sydney Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Sun 12:05 19:15 +1 day QF9 Melbourne to London Mon and Sun 15:30 05:40 +1 day QF10 London to Melbourne Fri and Sat 22:05 04:50 +1 day QF9 Melbourne to Singapore Mon and Sun 15:30 21:15 QF10 Singapore to Melbourne Sat and Sun 19:45 04:50 +1 day QF31 Singapore to London Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat 23:59 06:30 +1 day QF9 Singapore to London Mon and Sun 23:05 05:40 +1 day QF32 London to Singapore Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Sun 12:05 08:00 +1 day QF10 London to Singapore Fri and Sat 22:05 18:00 +1 day Table 1: Qantas A380 Routes & Schedule Note: We will endeavour to keep the above table as update as possible but please note Qantas at times does at times make aircraft, date and time changes due to scheduling, load & technical reasons.
After the launch of Singapore Airlines A380 in October 2007, Emirates were the second Airline put into service an Airbus A380, and since my first Singapore Airlines A380 review and subsequent Qantas A380 Premium economy flight review you can imagine my eagerness to experience the Emirates A380 first hand. 21 May 2009 was the date for my Emirates A380 Business Class flight, and having flowing Emirates business class in the past (not the A380) and having read most of what other sites have had to say about their A380 I kind of half knew the treat I would be in for! Limo Pickup from home When you fly Business or First Class on Emirates the experience doesn’t begin when you arrive at the airport it begins at your house, with a Limo pickup at your current location (home, office, and hotel) the same goes after landing at your destination. With my Limo pickup booked in several days prior to departure, I received a follow up call, the morning prior to my flight and again the night before from my Chauffer confirming my pickup address and pickup time. My flight EK 412 was scheduled to depart at 7:50am so I booking in a 5:15am pickup. Spot on 5:15am I had a call from my Emirates chauffer Stephen saying he was waiting downstairs, ready to take me to the airport. I have to say the whole experience with Emirates Chauffer Company Brunel Worldwide Chauffer Drive was exceptional, making the lead up to my flight both worry and hassle free. Emirates Check-in Just less than 30 minutes after leaving home on Sydney’s north shore I arrive at Kingsford Smith International Airport (Terminal 1) and make my way to the check-in counter. Using the Business Class checking lane I am checked in within no time at all, and given an eExpress ticket that allowed me to beat the crowds and utilize the eExpress customs queue. The Emirates Lounge The Emirates Lounge in Sydney is located on the arrivals level (level 1) near the transfer security check point, Note you need follow the signs to the lounge then come down an elevator to level 1 Picture 1: The Emirates Lounge in Sydney The first thing I noted when entering was how quite and spacious the lounge was! Being an early morning flight the lounge catered a full breakfast, with the food you would expect from a good quality hotel, which beats many other airlines airline lounges I have been in over the past few years. The Emirates Lounge at Sydney is a combined First Class, Business Class and elite Skywards members lounge, which is great for those travelling Business as The Emirates Lounge is a true First Class lounge in every aspect. Boarding Emirates A380 At the Emirates gate, as you would normally expect there was a dedicated lane for Business, First Class and Skyward elite members, so we cleared the boarding gate fairly quickly and routed to an aerobridge that took us to first and business class on the upper deck. Emirates A380 Business Class Cabin & Seat For this flight I was allocated seat 23K which is a window seat in the last business section before the end of the aircraft and the Business […]
On Thursday 11 February I had the opportunity to fly Premium Economy on Qantas’s brand spanking new Airbus A380 from Singapore to Sydney and just like the Singapore Airlines A380 aircraft which I experienced more than a year earlier this aircraft promised to deliver much more in the areas of space, comfort, in-flight entertainment and most importantly service. To begin I won’t be shy in pointing out that I absolutely love reporting on any Airbus A380, not just because it’s an ultra modern aircraft but also because of the modern features and amenities which airlines are implementing, and are a true generational step up from the upgrades airlines have previously put in place in the last decade. Our day started off as a normal day in the air, we got to Singapore’s Changi International Airport well in advance of boarding, so I could catch up with the latest world news, do some work and chill out for a while prior to the flight. Check-in at the Qantas Club/Business Class check-in counter was fairly straightforward as usual no problems with the excess baggage we had from Shopping in Saigon and Singapore. Next part of the morning prior to boarding was at Changi’s joint Qantas/BA Business Class lounge, now this lounge has never been my favourite airline lounges in the world but it is adequate to get work/emails and/or rest before an onward flight. Every time I have visited this lounge it has always been extremely quite which is a pleasant change from Qantas’s domestic lounges here in Australia. Staff has always been friendly and professional. The only complain from fellow lounge dwellers was the lack of orange juice. Boarding Time Boarding time was near so we headed down to our gate, and as we got closer I could not help but notice the size of the A380, it’s a massive aircraft dwarfing a nearby Boeing 747-400, a real mammoth piece of engineering excellence Not long after clearing the security check point at our gate and taking some snaps for this review, our flight was called for boarding. Passengers in need of assistance or with young children were asked to board first followed by First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Oneworld Emerald/Ruby Frequent Flyers. Since Premium Economy is located on the upper deck behind Business Class I was not surprised when Premium Economy was called to board with the First and Business Class Passengers, and not at the same time as Economy. Business Class On the very long walk down to Premium Economy we pass by Business Class, the seats even though the same as in the Qantas media shots which I published earlier on this site, that received such a bad rap by the general public look so much nicer when you are walking past one, I am sure they would be even nicer to sit in for a long flight from Sydney to LAX. On observation Qantas’s A380 Business Class seats don’t look quite as wide as Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class seats, but they look as comfortable, and out do SIA in terms of leg room, if you are a very tall person and cant fork out the dosh for First Class a […]
Emirates A380 First Class Showers are one of the features of Emirates A380 that set it apart from both Singapore Airlines A380 and the upcoming Qantas A380; and I have to admit they have really excelled at taking the next step and positioning Emirates as one of the most if not the most luxurious airline in the world. First class passengers will be able to shower for up to 5 minutes each, with a warning light system alerting the showering passenger that they are getting close to the end of their 5 minute allocation. It’s not yet known if your shower automatically cuts out after you reach the 5 minute limit or if your shower suddenly gets cold, from the flight attendant turning on the hot water tap in the galley, we also wonder if first class passengers get an additional shower or more time if the first class cabin is not fully occupied with passengers. The latest pictures and video of Emirates A380 first class showers below. Emirates A380 Showers and bar in First Class Emirates A380 Flight Attendant Showing off one of the A380s Showers Emirates A380 Bathroom & Shower Emirates A380 First Class Bath Room Promo Photo If you have any opinion on this topic leave a comment below or sign up at the Business Travel Guru and share your experiences or ask a question in the Business Travel Guru Forums. or why not subscribe to our RSS Feed Related articles and Forum Posts Emirates A380 seat map What can we expect from Emirates A380 Emirates to fly second Airbus A380 on Dubai London Route from 1 December 2008 The Business Travel Guru gets close and personal with Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Qantas A380 Cabin Photos – Qantas unveil a disappointing A380 cabin Singapore Airlines A380: first glimpse of Singapore Airlines A380 cabins Singapore Airlines takes delivery of its second Airbus A380 Value of Qantas Club Membership Renewing expired Qantas Club Membership and Joining Fee
Emirates today took delivery of the first of its 58 Airbus A380 aircraft at a handover ceremony in Hamburg Germany. Emirates’ following in Singapore Airlines foot steps is the second airline to take delivery of the Airbus A380 double-decker super jumbo, which features 14 First class suites, 76 Business Class seats and 399 Economy Class seats and in a world first for any commercial airline, Emirates A380 has two bathrooms with showers for its first class passengers. Emirates A380 Business Class passengers don’t miss out either with an improved business class seat, and a premium+ lounge. Emirates A380 showers are a boon and will be welcomed by its first class passengers but in order to service the first class showers an additional 500 litres of water will need to be carried on board each flight, and passengers will be limited to 5 minutes per shower that will be implemented via a warning light system, Emirates President Tim Clark had the following to say about Emirates A380 showers: “The showers are regulated through a software programme that gives people a five-minute shower, which is ample in most cases,” Clark told a news conference, adding that a traffic light system would let passengers know how long they had left. “If you’re on amber and your hair’s full of shampoo, you want to get moving.” On the flip side, and somewhat negating the weight of 500 Litres of water Emirates have reduced the total weight of its A380 by implementing a somewhat paperless cabin, moving in flight magazines and guides into the flight entertainment system. “At the moment we have 1.8 kg in each seat pocket. We can’t be completely paperless,” he said, but information associated with sales, such as Duty Free products, currently in paper form was being put onto a retail TV channel, for example. Emirates was also looking at curtains, carpets and seat-back entertainment hardware for ways to contribute a total of 2 tonnes in weight reduction. Airbus meanwhile aimed to slim the A380 by a further 3 tonnes, including the airframe and by re-machining components. “With today’s fuel prices, then there’s a huge pressure,” said Airbus programmes chief Tom William “It’s shaving. It’s not like we’re going to go to one section and remove all the weight. It’s more a question of trying to get the thing refined and squeezing a few kilos here and there.” Below are some cabin photos of Emirates A380 If you have any opinion on this topic leave a comment below or sign up at the Business Travel Guru and share your experiences or ask a question in the Business Travel Guru Forums. Related articles and Forum Posts Emirates A380 seat map What can we expect from Emirates A380 Emirates to fly second Airbus A380 on Dubai London Route from 1 December 2008 The Business Travel Guru gets close and personal with Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 […]
Qantas A380 Cabin Photos – Qantas have unveiled disappointing photos of their First, Business and Economy cabin in their soon to be released Airbus A380. The first complaint I have with the Qantas A380 cabin photo is the color scheme, in business and economy Green was chosen for Economy and an Orca red in Business. The color chosen for the first class suites is was the better choice with a creamy grey color. Having been in and reviewed both the first class and business cabin on Singapore Airlines A380, I feel both their First and business class seats aren’t up to the standard of either the Singapore Airlines Suite or their Business Seat. Don’t get me wrong the Qantas A380 First and Business cabins look good, better than 95% of airlines in the sky today, but when they need to meet the high standard of that set by SIA, I can’t help but feel a little disapointed. Qantas A380 First Class Cabin Qantas A380 Business Class Cabin Qantas A380 Economy Cabin Qantas A380 Economy Class Bar It’s such as shame as releasing their aircraft after both Singapore Airlines and Emirates they had the chance to release a superior seat and cabin. I only hope (unlikely) they will decide to redesign their cabin before first flight in October this year. Airlines should not be judged just by their cabin but also by the service they provide, The future service provided on the Qantas A380 may be the best in the world, but for many passengers all they have to go by when selecting an airline is cabin photos, and not the quality of service. A regular Business Travel Guru reader and forum contributor A380 has started a forum thread discussing the newly released Qantas A380 cabin, to add your own comments or ask a question, head over to the forum thread Qantas A380 Cabin If you have any opinion on this topic leave a comment below or sign up at the Business Travel Guru and share your experiences or ask a question in the Business Travel Guru Forums. Related articles and Forum Posts IPod and IPhone Connectivity Now Available on Singapore Airlines Forum Post Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Upgrade Business Class Question Singapore Airlines All Business Class Takes Inaugural First Flight Forum Post Just Joined Aeroplan advice please Forum Post US Airways and deduction of miles Emirates unveils ultra modern lounge in Brisbane Australia Jetstar Starclass flight review Ho Chi Minh City SGN to Sydney SYD US Airline Carriers Wake up and Smell the? Singapore Airlines to operate out of Beijing International Airport Terminal 3 From 26 March 2008 Forum Post Qantas Premium Economy Upgrades The Business Travel Guru gets close and personal with Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Singapore Airlines A380: first glimpse of Singapore Airlines A380 cabins Forum Post Value of Qantas Club Membership Forum Post Renewing expired Qantas Club Membership and Joining Fee
In less than 6 months Qantas is due to receive and start flights with their new Airbus A380, and as has happened with Singapore Airlines, it is set to revolutionise the airline, adding Qantas to a select group of airlines that will initially operate the A380. For passengers flying on a Qantas A380 they should be treated to an onboard experience like no other, for Qantas the sales and marketing opportunities will be enormous. As yet the exact delivery date and first commercial flight of the Qantas A380 is unknown, Qantas have stated their first aircraft will service the Melbourne to Los Angeles route and flights will begin in August 2008. First pictures of the Qantas A380 The first pictuers below are of a 1/4 painted Qantas Airbus A380, on and after her first flight. The pictures are courtesy of JetPhotos.net (clicking on the photo will take you to the original full size photo on JetPhotos.net) Cabin Configuration All Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft will be configured with 4 cabin classes with First Suite, Business, Premium Economy, and Economy class, the Qantas A380 is expected to seat 450 passengers, with 14 in the First suite, 72 in Business, 32 in premium economy and 332 in economy, along with a business class lounge area. Qantas A380 First Suite Class will include the following features: 14 individual suites featuring electronically adjustable seat with programmable positions and fully adjustable multi-zone massage function Seat converts into a fully flat, extra long and wide bed with foam mattress, exclusive sheepskin overlay and fitted cotton sheeting Electronically deployed 17″ LCD widescreen video monitor Touch screen control unit featuring personal flight map and operating all electronic functions including electronically adjustable privacy screens Leather guest seat and large dining table designed to accommodate two Variety of personal stowage options including dresser unit High quality finishes including Edelman leather and solid wood Noise cancelling headset port, PC power, USB and RJ45 ports Electronically controlled dual layer window shades Main deck cabin with mood lighting and enhanced cabin soundproofing Designer amenities, soft furnishings and tableware – female amenity kits designed by Collette Dinnigan and filled with products from Payot Paris. Male amenity kits by Akira Isogawa and filled with products from Payot Paris. Luxury cotton pyjamas, slippers and eyeshades by Akira Isogawa. Crockery, cutlery and glassware designed by Marc Newson and manufactured by Noritake, Alessi and Visy. Qantas A380 Business Class will include the following cabin interior features: Enhanced Skybed electronically adjustable, sleeper seat, which at the touch of a button converts to extra longer, fully flat bed with pre-programmed seating positions, adjustable lumbar support, and improved massage function Illuminated seat controller operating all seat functions, electronically deployed privacy divider and fully adjustable in-arm video monitor Variety of personal stowage options including dedicated spaces for laptops, headset, shoes, reading material, water bottle, and coat hook Multiple reading lights, noise cancelling headset port, PC power, RJ45 and USB port Lounge area featuring self-service refreshment bar, large sofa, seatbelts for inflight use, selection of […]