In the battle for the flashest and most innovative Airbus A380 implementation Korean Air has raised the stakes with its plans for an in-flight duty free shop on all 10 of its A380 Aircraft the first of which will go into operation on 10 June 2011 on the Seoul to Japan route. The below YouTube video shows an interview with AIM Avation Sales/Project Director Chris Whetter The Korean Air A380 in-flight duty free shop will feature 5 display units, the first being a video display which simply shows product advertising that companies can purchase advertising on, the other display units include a liquor display unit, cosmetics display unit and a display unit for high value items such as jewelry and watches. Chris Whetter Sales/Project director at AIM says that Korean Air’s A380 in-flight duty free shop will be located on the main deck at the rear of the aircraft, in fact the shops liquor and cosmetics display units will be located either side of the rear stairs that lead to the upper deck and the aircraft’s Lounge/Bar area. Mr Whetter explains that during a flight first class passengers will first be invited to browse the duty free shop, followed by Business Class passengers, and finally if there is adequate time remaining economy class passengers would be invited. “The shop replaces 13 seats on the aircraft so you’re losing a lot of revenue, but the Korean mentality is that they buy all the duty free on every flight,” says Whetter. “It was Korean’s concept to do it and they approached us as being one of the companies with very high quality and excellent design. There were two bidders and we won the programme.” “If there is severe turbulence the shop has to be emptied out,” says Whetter, adding that “on taxi, take-off and landing the alcohol has to be stowed” Korean Air believes that selling high priced upmarket duty free items will more than offset the revenue lost from the 13 seats that the in-flight duty free shop will take up. In addition to this the weight of the display unit and duty free goods will be less than the combined weight of the seating luggage and passengers that the 13 seats would occupy, the end result less fuel burn. So if all goes to plan it looks like it will be a win/win for both passengers and the airline. The first of Korean Air’s 10 A380 aircraft goes into operation on 10 June 2011 between Seoul and Tokyo, followed by Bangkok, Hong Kong and North American routes.
China Southern A380 Exclusive First Photos Vertical Tail Plane Assembly – We have an exclusive here at the Business Travel Guru with the first photos of the vertical tail plane assembly on the China Southern A380 that is currently on the Airbus assembly line in Toulouse France. The China Southern A380 took place earlier this week on the 14 September 2010. We pressed our media contact in China Southern Airlines for more information in regard to the configuration and operational of the China Southern A380 however she was not able to reveal any more information at this stage. Picture 1: China Southern Airlines A380 Tail Mounting Picture 2: China Southern A380 Tail Mounting Close-up
Emirates must really love the Airbus A380 if today’s announcement by Airbus and Emirates was an indication of commitment. Anyway Emirates have increased the total number of Airbus A380 aircraft which it will order to 90 with today’s commitment to an additional 32 aircraft. The increase in Emirates A380 aircraft order was announced at todays ILA Berlin Air Show The full media release from Airbus can be read below: Dubai based Emirates Airline has ordered a further 32 A380s from Airbus, taking their total firm orders for the iconic flagship of the 21st century to 90 aircraft. The order has a list price of US$ 11.5 billion. The agreement was signed in a ceremony today at the Berlin Air Show witnessed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, by Emirates Airline Group Chairman and CEO His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, and Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders “This latest order, adding to 58 A380s previously ordered, affirms Emirates’ strategy to become a world leading carrier and to further establish Dubai as a central gateway to worldwide air travel. The A380 is our flagship in terms of passenger comfort, innovation, operating and environmental efficiency and revenue generation. Our latest commitment signals Emirates’ confidence in the growth to come in a thriving aviation sector,” said H.H.Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al- Maktoum. “Emirates has supported the development of the A380 from the earliest days, and today’s order – the single largest A380 order ever – is the best endorsement I can imagine. On behalf of all of us at Airbus, we thank Emirates for their confidence and support. The A380 is indeed a remarkable eco-efficient aircraft, a profit generator for airlines and a great flying experience for passengers,” said Tom Enders. Following delivery of their first A380 in July 2008, Emirates now operates ten aircraft serving eight international destinations including London Heathrow, Toronto, Paris, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland. The airline expects the list of destinations to increase as more and more airports around the world are A380 ready. Emirates’ tenth A380, received on 7 June 2010, is on static display at the ILA Berlin Air Show. All Emirates’ A380 are powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines and delivered from Hamburg. In Germany more than 30 major suppliers are directly feeding into the A380 programme. The A380 programme alone adds an estimated 40,000 direct, indirect and induced German jobs. The world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, is also the quietest and most fuel efficient, demonstrably consuming less than three litres of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometres. Nearly 5.5 million passengers have already enjoyed the new experience of flying on-board one of the 30 A380s in service, taking them to 20 major international destinations worldwide in unequalled comfort. The A380 in-service fleet has accumulated over 15,000 commercial flights, and its operators have unanimously praised its popularity with passengers, higher load factors and superior profitability. With a range of 8,300nm / 15,400 […]
Details of the Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin and seats were recently unveiled during the aircraft’s handover ceremony at the Airbus plant in Hamburg Germany. Picture 1: The Lufthansa A380 First Class Seats In the long list of features of noticeable absence were suites in first class, this decision to opt for a traditional open seat plan was made after close consultation its First Class passengers; however Lufthansa has addressed the privacy debate by implementing adjustable privacy screens which raised and lowered depending on the level of privacy the passenger wanted. So let’s delve more deeply into the features in the Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin: First Class passengers enter the Lufthansa A380 directly from the First Class lounge and into upper deck cabin which features 8 first class seats/lie-flat beds configured in a 1-2-1 seating arrangement. One of the stand-out features is the air humidification system which will raise the air humidity in the cabin from the current average of 5% up to 15 to 25%, which will go a long way to making good at the other end. Lufthansa A380 First Class Seat / Lie Flat Bed Photo 2: The Lufthansa A380 First Class Cabin and Seat Measures 80cm (2.6 feet) width X 207cm (6.8 feet) length, when in Bed configuration Patented Shape System allowing seat or lie-flat position of your choice Mattress designed by Paradies Germany’s luxury bedding experts 100% cotton Perkal Sheets by Fleuresse Individual adjustable privacy Screens Arm rests which lowers when it lie-flat position to increase surface area Turn-down service provided by flight attendants Lufthansa A380 First Class Bathroom Picture 3: Lufthansa A380 First Class Bathroom The Lufthansa A380 features two extremely large bathrooms in first class which according to Lufthansa are three times the size of an average first class bathroom; despite the size of notable absence is a shower such as what Emirates run in their A380. The two first class bathrooms feature separate changing and lavatory areas, along with personal storage space options. Additional amenities such as combs, shaving and dental sets are also available Lufthansa A380 First Class In-flight Entertainment Options In-flight entertainment wise first class features the following options: 17 Inch LCD Screen with programming in 10 Languages Over 150 Entertainment on demand options including: 30 Current Feature Films 20 Video Channels 75 TV Series/Documentaries 30 Radio Channels 200 CDs on demand 10 multi-player games In-Seat USB Port for the Charging of USB devices such as iPods and other devices Niceview in-flight moving map/Airshow and 3 External video cameras International In-flight Power points allowing you to power laptops and other electronic accessories.
Lufthansa have just announced a new first class cabin and seat on the delivery of its first Airbus A380. Lufthansa’s new A380 First Class will feature: Board aircraft directly from First Class Lounge – No more crowded gates 8 Fully lie flat seats (2.07 m Length X 80cm wide) In-flight power with all international adaptors 2 very large bathrooms (similar size to Emirates A380 minus shower) Air Humidification System (available in the entire aircraft) The full media release from Lufthansa can be read below: Quietest First Class in the world with many innovations – Additional travel comfort in Business and Economy Class – Customers’ wishes integrated into design Lufthansa will unveil its newly developed First Class when it accepts delivery of its first Airbus A380 today. The world’s largest and most modern commercial aircraft promises relaxed and comfortable travel – and not only in First Class. In Business and Economy Class on its A380, Lufthansa also offers the highest level of passenger comfort. The generous proportions of the cabin alone create a feeling of spaciousness. “The A380 offers our passengers a first-rate travel experience. The very dimensions of the Airbus A380 and its flight characteristics make travelling on this aircraft a truly unique experience. In all three travel classes, our passengers can enjoy the ultimate in comfort. The exceptional and exclusive First Class concept, which was designed according to our passengers’ wishes and needs, is particularly impressive,” said Thierry Antinori, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board responsible for Marketing and Sales, at the presentation of the new First Class.&nb Developed by customers, for customers – top-flight travel in the new First Class In future, Lufthansa passengers can expect a First Class experience that sets new standards in terms of exclusivity and comfort. The first impression upon entering the cabin is one of spaciousness, inviting passengers to relax and unwind. Superb-quality materials plus a clear, uniform design language echo the elegant features of the First Class Lounges and the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt on board the A380 and provide a harmonious travel experience. The generously proportioned, open design and exclusive ambience with simple, distinct lines and subtle colours creates a light, appealing and inviting atmosphere. A concept with separate cabins was deliberately rejected because at numerous customer events, and during in-flight tests and surveys, Lufthansa passengers expressed a clear preference for an open-plan design. However, thanks to a flexible privacy screen, First Class guests can determine the degree of individual privacy they desire. In order to adapt the new First Class concept to the actual needs of passengers, Lufthansa customers were substantially involved in its development. From the outset, their experiences and wishes were integrated into the design. A quiet atmosphere is one of the most important needs of First Class customers. Sound-absorbing curtains partition off the rest of the cabin, while special sound-insulating material in the aircraft’s outer skin and sound-absorbing carpeting block footstep noise and ensure the world’s quietest […]
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.
Air France has revealed the interior cabin of its just received Airbus A380 Super-jumbo. There is no surprises with the details of its cabin configuration, matching very closely with what I have reported here on The Business Travel Guru in the past, however the release by Air France of these cabin pictures give the full picture of what to expect, if you get the chance to fly this aircraft. Air France A380 La Premiere First Class Cabin The Air France Airbus A380 features 9 First Class La Premiere seats on the lower deck, no suites you say? Yes this is correct, Air France bucked the trend deciding not to follow Singapore Airlines, Emirates or Qantas in implementing suites in First Class La Premiere, maybe this is a sign of the economic times in Europe, but then again this aircraft would have been the planning stages for years. The 9 first class seats are set out in a 1-2-1 configuration, this cabin features what looks to be a self service bar, along with a changing cabin/room with beauty products from Clarins. Air France A380 Affaires Business Class Cabin The Air France A380 Affaires or Business Class cabin is located in the forward upper deck of the aircraft, with 80 Seats set out in a 2-2-2 seating configuration; each seat is two meters long. The In-flight entertainment Unit IFE screen is 15 Inch (38 cm) wide. Noise Cancelling Headphones? Air France is using nothing but the best, Sennheiser Noise Cancelling Headphones Air France Airbus A380 Voyageur Economy Class Cabin Voyageur Economy Class on the Air France A380 seats at total of 449 passengers on both the lower and upper decks. Seating is configured in a 10 wide 3-4-3 configuration. The In-flight entertainment unit in Voyageur hosts an 8.4 inch LCD screen, along with 600 hours of viewing & 3,000 music tracks. Air France A380 cabin interior cabin Video on Youtube From the initial information & pictures which Air France has released about its Airbus A380, the product looks quite good, but is it in the league of its A380 Predecessors? I think the jury is out, will need to wait for a flight review! What are your thoughts?
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 […]