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 […]
Today Qantas welcomed the arrival into Sydney of its first out of a total order of 20 Airbus A380s double-decker superjumbo aircraft. Its arrival in Australia dead on 9am on Sunday 21 September 2008, was delivered two years late due to engineering issues at Airbus. Qantas’s first A380 will be officially named Nancy-Bird Walton at a naming ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday September 30, and will then be involved in pilot training and promotional flights around Australia in early October, before her first commercial flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles on 20 October 2008 and then a Sydney to Los Angeles flight on 24 October 2008. Qantas also today launched a new TV Commercial featuring its new Airbus A380, the YouTube version of the video can be watched below:
Qantas has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380 at an official handover ceremony in Toulouse France. The Aircraft is Qantas’ first airbus out of an order of 20, and will be put into operation from 20 October 2008 with its first commercial flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles, followed by its second flight from Sydney to Los Angeles on 24 October 2008. The Aircraft will leave for Australia tonight with a stopover in Singapore before landing in Sydney at 9:00 am on Sunday 21 September 2008. Qantas’ A380 is to be the first Airbus A380 with on board in-flight internet access, which was originally planned to be a live service, but in recent days Qantas have pegged back the service to cached only access of Qantas website, but with live access to Email and Chat services. Qantas say technical and regulatory issues with their carrier have prevented them from providing the full live service, they previously promised; Qantas plans to offer a full live internet service from by the end of 2009. Qantas have stated they are considering increasing their order of Airbus A380 aircraft, no details yet. The Airbus press release can be read below: Australia’s flagship airline, Qantas, has received the first of 20 Airbus A380s on order, at a ceremony in Toulouse, France. The Rolls-Royce powered aircraft was handed over to Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Dixon and Qantas CEO-Designate, Alan Joyce by Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. Geoff Dixon said: “When we ordered our A380 in 2000, we said that in addition to giving us the opportunity to reinvent our product, this revolutionary new aircraft offered capacity and operating savings, as well as environmental improvements. Everything we have seen since our initial order has reinforced this view.” Qantas’ A380 cabin was created by internationally renowned designer Marc Newson. Typically the A380 seats 525 passengers in three-classes, however Qantas’ cabin is extra spacious with 450 seats (14 First, 72 Business, 32 Premium Economy and 332 Economy). “The A380 sets the standards for the 21st century, “ said Tom Enders. “More than 380 patents on board underline the aircraft’s leadership in eco-efficiency and innovation and will allow Qantas to continue to grow whilst reducing its impact on the environment. We appreciate Australia’s iconic airline sharing the A380 vision with us from the very beginning.” Qantas was the first customer to conclude the signing of a contract for the A380. In November 2000, it ordered 12 A380s, marking the first time in the airline’s long history it had ordered Airbus aircraft. Qantas later increased its order for A380s to 20, and is now the second largest customer for the world’s most modern aircraft. The four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines will each deliver up to 72,000 lbs of thrust, contributing to the aircraft’s overall fuel efficiency of less than three litres of fuel […]
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
The possible interior of the world first VIP Airbus A380 aircraft has been revealed, featuring a 14 seat formal dining area, several lounge rooms with extra large LCD monitors, a stateroom, guest rooms, wet bar along with several VIP lavatories. Picture 3 below of a lounge area is very interesting showing stairs going up to the top deck along with a guard rail for what may be a set of stairs going down which leads me to believe this area, normally used by airlines to transport cargo and checked baggage could be utilized for additional living areas. The future owner of this extravagant outfitting is rumored to be Price Al-Walid, a member of the Saudi Royal family, who is believed to be worth an estimated US$29.5 billion, making him number 19th on the world’s richest list. It is yet to be confirmed if Prince Al-Walid is the future owner of this extravagant A380 interior but considering the price has the only order for a private VIP Airbus A380, its highly likely this is his future outfitting. Prince Al-Walid is no stranger to an excessive lifestyle, being the owner of a fully outfitted VIP Boeing 747, along with a US$500 Million Yacht, and over 300 cars including a diamond covered Mercedes SL600 with an estimated value of US$4.8 million.
Following Qantas opening ticket sales for flights on its brand new Airbus A380, they have also released their Qantas A380 Seat Map plan. The published Qantas A380 seat map is not numbered but from my various sources I have found that seating and allocated rows will be as follows: Figure 1 – Qantas A380 Seat Map (Click to open larger picture) Qantas A380 Lower Deck First Class Suites F – 14 Suites Rows 1-5 Configuration 1-1-1 Economy Class Y – 332 Seats Rows 50-88 Configuration 3-4-3 Upper Deck Business Class J – 72 Seats Rows 11-25 Configuration 2-2-2 Premium Economy T – 32 Seats Rows 34-39 Configuration 2-3-3 If you have any opinion on this topic leave a comment below Related articles and Forum Posts Qantas begin selling tickets on its first A380 Flight Qantas unveil a disappointing A380 cabin Forum Post Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Upgrade Business Class Question Singapore Airlines All Business Class Takes Inaugural First Flight 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
Qantas today started selling tickets for the first inaugural flight of its Airbus A380, this first Qantas A380 flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles will take place on Monday 20th of October, and will be followed by the first Qantas Airbus A380 flight from Sydney to Los Angeles on Friday 24th of October. These first two flights Melbourne Los Angeles return and Sydney Los Angeles return will be operated by the same aircraft named Nancy Bird-Walton (MSN014 VH-OQA). Figure 1: Qantas A380 Nancy Bird-Walton (MSN014 VH-OQA) will operate first flight from 20th October 2008 After Qantas receives its second Airbus A380 in November it will operate two weekly A380 flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles and three weekly flights between Sydney and Los Angeles. “All four classes of the A380 will offer passengers greater levels of space and comfort, as well as state-of-the-art interiors designed by Qantas,” said Rob Gurney, Qantas Group General Manager Sales and Distribution. “The A380 will also offer significant improvements in terms of environmental performance, including reduced fuel consumption and emissions, greater efficiency and less noise,” Gurney added. 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 Qantas unveil a disappointing A380 cabin Forum Post Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Upgrade Business Class Question Singapore Airlines All Business Class Takes Inaugural First Flight 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
Emirates Airlines have announced they will launch the maiden flight of their Airbus A380 on 1st August 2008 some 2 month earlier than previously speculated. The first commercial flight of Emirates first A380 on the Dubai New York route will take place 2 days after taking delivery of their first Airbus A380 on the 28th of July 2008, and will feature a 489 seat cabin with First Class Suites, Business & Economy Class. Emirates Airlines have the largest order of Airbus A380 aircraft of any airline with 58 aircraft worth some US$18.8 Billion
Singapore Airlines took delivery of its fourth A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, at 0930hrs on 26 April 2008 at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The aircraft arrived in Singapore on Sunday 27 April at approximately 0700 hrs. The 4th A380 then underwent some pre-entry into service work in Singapore.The addition of this fourth aircraft into its fleet will allow Singapore Airlines to commence daily A380 flights to Tokyo Narita on Tuesday 20 May, 2008. Tokyo is the Airline’s third A380 destination outside Singapore, and its first one in Asia. Daily services to other destinations commenced on 25 October, 2007 (Singapore-Sydney) and 18 March, 2008 (Singapore-London).Fitted with the luxurious Singapore Airlines Suites, the award-winning 4-abreast Business Class and a new, more comfortable Economy cabin, the A380 allows Singapore Airlines customers to travel to London in unprecedented comfort, space and luxury. Service to Tokyo Narita (SQ636) will commence from the early morning of Tuesday 20 May, returning as SQ637 on the same day. The A380 will operate this pattern thereafter on a daily basis.The quietest large passenger aircraft ever built, the A380 delivers substantial fuel burn reductions per seat mile over the next largest aircraft and allows for the addition of extra capacity to congested airports, like London and Tokyo. The Singapore Airlines A380 is powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.Singapore Airlines is the first to fly the A380, and currently the only airline in the world operating the aircraft. The Airline has firm orders for a further 15 A380s and options on six more.