Today Emirates added a Dubai to Los Angeles A380 service making it the world’s longest Airbus A380 service. At 16 hour 20 minute long the world’s longest A380 flight crosses Russia the North Pole and then Canada before entering US Airspace and landing in Los Angeles. Even though Emirates operates world’s longest A380 flight the title of the world’s longest flight of any commercial aircraft by distance goes to Qantas with its 747 operated Sydney to Dallas flight and the longest flight in time goes to Delta Air Lines with a 17 hour Johannesburg to Atlanta service. Emirates A380 has 489 seats in total across 3 classes with 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 in Business Class and 14 luxurious first class suites. First Class also features the world’s only inflight showers. The Dubai to Los Angeles service operates under flight number EK 215 and the return flight from Los Angeles operates under EK 216.
Airbus has announced that final assembly on Asiana Airlines first Airbus A380 is underway in its Final Assembly Line (FLA) in Toulouse France. Asiana Airlines will take delivery of this Airbus A380 toward the middle of 2014 making Asiana the 12th airline to operate the aircraft. The airline has a total of six Airbus A380 aircraft on order which they plan to operate mostly on services from Seoul to the United States.
British Airways have released interior Cabin Photos of its new Airbus A380 that is scheduled to go into daily service on the London Heathrow – Los Angeles route on October 15 followed by a London Heathrow – Hong Kong Service from 15 November. As revealed earlier (British Airways A380 Seat Map Released) the British Airways A380 will feature 4 Classes comprising of 14 First Class Suites, 97 Seats in Club World (Business Class), 55 Seats in World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and 303 Seats in World Traveller (Economy Class). British Airways A380 First Class Suites From the limited photos available at the moment BA’s First Class Suite looks great, with suites layed out in a 1-2-1 seating configuration. British Airways A380 Club World (Business Class) There are a total of 97 seats spread across the upper and lower deck, and seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 froward backward facing seating configuration. British Airways A380 World Traveller (Economy Class) Comprises of 303 seats spread across the upper and lower decks with seats layed out in a 3-4-3 seating configuration on the lower deck and a 2-4-2 configuration on the upper. British Airways A380 World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy Class) World Traveller Plus comprises of 55 seats on the upper deck which are layed out in a 2-3-2 seating configuration. Finally no Airlines First A380’s First Interior Cabin Photo Release is complete without a picture of the internal stair way from the lower to upper deck A further break down of the seats/class breakdown by deck is listed below: Lower deck 14 “enhanced” First Class suites 44 Club World seats, in the current 2-4-2 configuration 199 World Traveller seats, with 10 seats across in a 3-4-3 split Upper deck 53 Club World seats, in the 2-3-2 configuration 55 World Traveller Plus seats, also in a 2-3-2 configuration 104 World Traveller seats, in a 2-4-2 configuration In addition the interior cabin photos BA also released a short video on YouTube providing a further glimpse of the British Airways A380 Interior Cabin
With British Airways expected to take delivery of its first Airbus A380 next year, the British Airways A380 Seat Map recently appeared on the airlines website. The seat map reveals the airlines future flagship aircraft will feature Four Classes and will an innovative forward backward seating configuration in Club World (Business Class). The breakdown of class and seating numbers on per deck is below: British Airways A380 Lower deck 14 First Class suites in a 1-2-1 seating configuration 44 Club World seats, in a 2-4-2 seating configuration, alternating back forward facing 199 World Traveller seats, with 10 seats across in a 3-4-3 British Airways A380 Upper deck 53 Club World seats a 2-3-2 seating configuration 55 World Traveller Plus seats in a 2-3-2 Seating configuration 104 World Traveller seats in a 2-4-2 Seating configuration
Qantas have announced that they will be starting Qantas A380 Hong Kong services from 15 January 2012, after the company receives its 11th Airbus A380 Aircraft. Qantas A380 Sydney to Hong Kong services will operate on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday under flight number, as per the schedule below: Route Flight Number Depart Arrive Days Sydney Hong Kong QF127 1145 1750 Th, Fr, Sa, Su Hong Kong Sydney QF128 1950 0815 +1 Th, Fr, Sa, Su Configuration of the aircraft will follow the standard Qantas A380 4 class configuration with 14 first class suites in a 1-1-1 layout, 72 Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 seating layout, 32 Premium Economy seats in a 2-3-2 seating layout and 332 economy class seats in a 3-4-3 seating layout. Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce said Hong Kong was a key market for Qantas and launching new product on the route was important for both the business and leisure market. “Qantas will operate four return services per week between Sydney and Hong Kong from 15 January 2012,” Mr Joyce said. “Our A380 fleet has continued to generate extremely positive feedback from our customers since its introduction, and we are pleased to now add another destination to our A380 network,” “Qantas is set to offer passengers travelling to Hong Kong the latest in comfort and design. Our Creative Director Marc Newson has set a precedent in the long haul travel experience for customers wanting style and more space,” added Mr Joyce.
We have been able to obtain exclusive first photos of China Southern Airlines A380 Interior Cabin, which includes a picture of their new First Class Suite, Business Class Seat and one of the on-board Bars. China Southern Airlines First Class Platinum Suite China Southern Airlines refers to their First Class Suite as the Platinum Suite, design wise they are full private suites similar to what Singapore Airlines & Emirates have put in First Class on in their Airbus A380s. First Class suites are each equipped with a 23” LCD screen which will make good use of the aircrafts IFE Video on demand system which can provide up to 1,200 on demand entertainment options, or 600 hours of entertainment. China Southern Airlines Business Class Seat As revealed in our article on the China Southern Airlines A380 Seat Map Business Class has a total of 70 seat laid out in an alternating 1-2-1 seating configuration, in addition to this we can reveal Business Class seats are equipped with 15.4” LCD screens China Southern Airlines A380 Bar Below is a picture of one of the three on board first/business class bars, it looks more like a self service bar, however we are waiting on more photos to see if the aircraft is configured with a bar similar to that found behind Business Class on Emirates A380. Based on the information we have received from China Southern Airlines and with reference to the China Southern Airlines A380 Seat Map which we also published today, this bar is located at the front of business class. Also based on the seat map and information we have received from CSA this area in front of Business Class has another Bar as well as an entertainment area with video entertainment and video game options. As always we want to know what you think so what thoughts on these China Southern Airlines A380 Cabin Photos?
China Southern Airlines A380 Seat Map Diagram has been released by the airline and it reveals some interesting details about its internal cabin design and layout. The China Southern A380 Seat Map can be seen below (Click for a larger version) In First Class there are 8 private suites referred to as Platinum First Class Suites which are configured in a 1-2-1 seating configuration and are located at the front of the main deck. In our option the choice First Class Seats are either 1 A/K or 2 A/K because there is no suite next to them, this is if you are travelling on your own, however if you are travelling with a partner the middle 1 D/G or 2 D/G would be preferred. In Business Class there are 70 seats that are configured in an offset 1-2-1 seating configuration; Business Class is located at the front of the Aircraft. In Business Class the best seats are 11 A/K or 17 D/G however it should be noted 11 A/K is near what I suspect to be one of the bars, and 17 D/G is close to the galley. Will need to hear from some firsthand reports before There are 428 seats in China Southern Airlines Economy Class laid out in a 3-4-3 seating configuration. Economy is located both on the main deck (25 seats) behind First Class and also on the upper deck behind Business. The best seats in Economy Class look to be 31 A,C,H,K or failing these 32 A,B,C,H,J or K
China’s largest airline China Southern Airlines now has the honor of becoming the seventh airline in the world and first airline in China to put the Airbus A380 into commercial service, after the airlines maiden flight on the Beijing-Guangzhou Service earlier today. The China Southern A380 has a total of 506 seats with 8 Private First Class Suites which are located at the front of the lower deck, 70 Business Class Seats that are found at the front of the upper deck and 428 Economy Class Seats located both on the lower deck (behind First class) and upper deck (behind Business Class) Entertainment wise the China Southern Airbus A380 features a state of art Video on Demand IFE System that features 1200 on demand titles or 600 hours of entertainment. First Class suites feature 23 inch hi definition LCD screens. Mr. Si Xianmin , General Manager of China Southern Air Holding Company said: “we have confidence, capability and strength to achieve safe and effective operation of A380. The arrival of A380 will inevitably form a huge push strength, which will drive China Southern Airlines to speed up internationalization and provide a strong support for CSN to achieve its strategic development objects.” Mr. Tom Enders , the CEO of Airbus said: “In taking delivery of A380, China Southern Airlines has helped us to open the next chapter of our lasting partnership with the Chinese aviation industry. And to further strengthen the much wider and growing relationship between China and Europe.” China Southern Airlines intends to spread A380 love around china with this same aircraft being put into service on the Beijing – Pudong Shanghai Beijing service from 27-29 October 2011, after its initial Beijing-Guangzhou-Beijing service. China Southern Airlines expects to recieve its second Airbus A380 aircraft later this year, the airline has not yet announced if this aircraft will be put into service on another domestic route or on an international route.
Today Qantas today will put its tenth Airbus A380 into Service on the Sydney (SYD) to London (LHR) (via Singapore) route (QF31 & QF32). Qantas’ tenth Airbus A380 has the registration number VH-OQJ and is named Bert Hinkler (the first person to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1928) QF31 is is scheduled to depart Sydney at 1610 hours and arrival at London’s Heathrow International Airport at 0635 hrs +1 day, for the stop-over in Singapore the aircraft will arrive in Singapore at 2230 hrs departing for Heathrow at 2359 hrs The Qantas A380 features four classes with 14 first class suites/full lie-flat seats in the front of the main deck configured in a 1-1-1 seating configuration, 72 full lie-flat seats in Business Class located at the front of the upper deck configured in a 2-2-2 seating configuration, 32 Qantas Premium Economy seats located in the rear of the upper deck configured in a 2-3-2 seating configuration and 332 Economy class seats located in the rear of the main deck behind first class in a 3-4-3 seating configuration.
Qantas have just announced that it will resume Qantas A380 services from Australia to Los Angeles from 16 January 2011. The resumption will start with QF93 on the Melbourne to Los Angeles route. Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said the decision would see Qantas continue the progressive reintroduction of A380s to its network. As always, safety has been our first priority in assessing when and where to bring A380s back into service over the past month. The full media release from Qantas can be read below: QANTAS PREPARES TO RESUME A380 FLYING ON USA ROUTES SYDNEY, 11 January 2011: Qantas today announced it would resume A380 services between Australia and Los Angeles, commencing with QF93 from Melbourne to Los Angeles on 16 January. The move follows the grounding of the A380 fleet and continued suspension of A380 flights on the Los Angeles-Australia routes that regularly require the use of maximum engine thrust. In line with the airline’s safety-first approach, the suspension of the Los Angeles-Australia routes was implemented to enable Qantas to monitor the performance of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine. After extensive engineering analysis and close consultation with Rolls-Royce, Airbus and the European and Australian regulators, Qantas, Rolls-Royce and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority are now satisfied that it is appropriate for Qantas to resume A380 flying on the Los Angeles-Australia routes. Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said the decision would see Qantas continue the progressive reintroduction of A380s to its network. “As always, safety has been our first priority in assessing when and where to bring A380s back into service over the past month,” Mr Joyce said. “Only when we, our manufacturers and our regulators were completely satisfied that it was safe to begin flying the aircraft again did we resume A380 services, initially on London routes only. “The decision not to operate Los Angeles services allowed us to gain further operational experience before deploying the A380 on these routes. “In close consultation with Rolls-Royce, we are now confident that we can begin flying the A380 to and from Los Angeles without any conditions on the use of maximum engine thrust. “In the meantime, our A380 engine inspection process continues as we gradually restore the aircraft to our international network. We are operating a full international and domestic schedule, using our entire range of aircraft.” For the remainder of January, Qantas will operate 14 A380 services per week, on the following routes: QF9/10 (Melbourne-Singapore-London): three services per week. QF11/12 (Sydney-Los Angeles): four services per week. QF31/32 (Sydney-Singapore-London): daily. From February onwards, A380 frequencies on London and Los Angeles routes will be steadily increased as aircraft return to service and new deliveries join the fleet. Qantas continues to offer 34 return services to Los Angeles each week, on the following schedule: QF11/12, QF107/108 (Sydney-Los Angeles): twice daily. QF93/94 (Melbourne-Los Angeles): daily. QF15/16 (Brisbane-Los Angeles): six per week. […]
Singapore Airlines recently announced on its website that they have grounded 3 Singapore Airlines A380 aircraft for precautionary checks following the findings by Qantas into the Qantas A380 Engine incident which occurred last week. Singapore Airlines Initially grounded its entire Airbus A380 fleet following the Qantas A380 engine incident, however the airline was quick to put their fleet back into service. It is not yet known if Singapore Airlines will ground its remaining A380 aircraft, however considering the airline has only grounded three of its A380 aircraft there must be some evidence from the Qantas & Rolls Royce Investigation linking the Singapore Airlines aircraft with the Qantas A380 that experienced the engine issue. The message to passengers and visitors of its website reads as follows: “Based on further analysis of inspection findings as the investigation into last week’s incident involving another operator’s Airbus A380 is progressing, Singapore Airlines will be carrying out precautionary engine changes on three A380s. We apologise to our customers for flight disruptions that may result and we seek their understanding.”
The introduction of the Airbus A380 into several carriers’ fleets has allowed business class seats on A380 aircraft to improve in both the amount of real estate a passenger enjoys as well as the comfort and features of the seat, which is why I put together this fairly comprehensive Airbus A380 Business Class Comparison. In the past airlines uptake of lie flat seating in business was limited due to cabin floor space, this is where the A380 is a game changer, its 478 square meter (5,145.1 sq ft) floor space, airlines now have more room to play with in all classes. For the same comparison that I wrote for first class click on the following link it will open the article in separate window so you can finish reading this article Airbus A380 First Class Comparison Airbus A380 Business Class Comparison The below table lists all current A380 operators and their business class seat details, note the green bold text indicates that airline is the largest/widest/longest for seat pitch, width or fully reclined bed length. Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines was the first airline to introduce the Airbus A380 into commercial service, at its time of introduction Singapore Airlines brought out a business product that was superior to all any other in the air and today it is still up there with the best sharing the honor of the widest business seat in the sky (honor shared with Air the France seat with a width of 34 inch or 87 cm) Singapore Airlines also features a massive 55 inch or 140 cm seat pitch. As expected Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Business Class seat is a full lie flat seat, other features of the Singapore Airlines Business Class seat includes a wide range of recline positions, a 15 Inch LCD In-Flight Entertainment Screen. Emirates Emirates the second airline to introduce the A380 into commercial service and implemented a business seat that is 18.5 inch or 47 cm wide along with a pitch 39-48” 99-121 cm seat pitch depending which seat you have been allocated. Window Seats have the larger 48” (121 cm) pitch and inside seats have the smaller 39” (99 cm) pitch. The Emirates seat is fully lie flat and highly adjustable, allowing the individual passengers most comfortable position to be found and set. In addition you are a regular flyer with Emirates you can save your seat position and other settings to a memory key for use on future flights. In-flight entertainment is delivered via a massive 17” LCD In-flight entertainment screen with over 1200 programming options via the ICE (Information Communications and Entertainment) System. Each seat is equipped with a personal bar, which holds several cans of soft drinks, water and snacks. Most Emirates A380 flyers either love or hate this. Personally for me I find it provides some additional privacy along with a great place to rest your laptop while eating a meal or reading. The big draw card is the large combined first/business Class Bar and lounge at the rear upper deck of the aircraft behind Business Class. Qantas The Qantas Airbus A380 Business Class seat sets the standard for fully extended seat/bed length and seat pitch, at 81.5 (207 cm) long when in the lie flat position […]
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
The long awaited Emirates A380 Manchester service went into operation today, making the airline the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380 Superjumbo. Emirates A380 Manchester service operates on the following schedule: Flight Number Route Depart Arrive EK017 Dubai – Manchester 0755 hrs 1225 hrs EK018 Manchester – Dubai 1410 hrs 0015 hrs +1 day The full media release from Emirates can be read below: Emirates Sparks A380 Activity Across the Globe Airline launches double-decker service to Manchester DUBAI, U.A.E., 1st September 2010: Emirates’ expanding A380 fleet is generating interest from airports across the world as Manchester becomes the latest city to be served by the superjumbo. The international airline of the United Arab Emirates is now the world’s largest operator of the A380 with 12 in the fleet. A further order for 32 A380s, announced during the Berlin Air Show in June, has prompted a flurry of enquiries from airports around the world. Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman Emirates Airline & Group, who was born in the North West of England and joined the first Manchester A380 flight said: “This is a historic moment for Emirates as we bring our 21st century superjumbo to the North West twenty years after our first flight from the region. Our Manchester service has been an incredible success story, and we’re delighted to be opening the next chapter today.” Mr Flanagan added: “People are realising that this is the passenger aircraft of the future. As a result of our announcement in Berlin, we have had enquiries from more than 20 airports across the world, asking whether Emirates would fly the A380 to their airports. These aircraft are a dream to travel in and a dream to have at your disposal for expansion. They are extremely popular with our passengers and where we deploy them, they fill up almost immediately – running at over 90 percent load factor.” Information from Airbus shows that the A380 has now flown to more than 100 airports across the globe, either commercially or for events or test flights. The start of A380 flights to Manchester from today is the first time the world’s largest airliner has operated a scheduled service to a regional airport. It is also the first time Emirates has brought its First Class cabin to the route. Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Cornish, said: “The start of daily A380 services from Manchester to Dubai is a moment in history for our airport and the wider region. It’s of such significance that we’re expecting thousands of people to visit the airport on September 1st to catch a glimpse of her first flight. We’ve invested around £10m to upgrade the airport’s infrastructure to accommodate the flagship of the Emirates fleet and are very much looking forward to welcoming her for the first time.” EK017 leaves Dubai daily at 0755hrs and arrives in Manchester at 1225hrs. EK018 departs Manchester at 1410hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0015hrs the next day. Emirates’ A380 is […]
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 […]