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 […]
Airbus as announced that Malaysia Airlines has placed an order for 17 new Airbus A330 aircraft, the order is made up of 15 Wide body A330-300 Wide body aircraft for use for passenger operations as well as 2 A330-200F to be used for freighter operations. The aircraft will be configured in a two class configuration, will seat 283 passengers and will begin to be delivered from the first half of 2011. Malaysia Airlines has a long list of firm orders with Airbus which also includes a firm order for 6 Airbus A380 Double Decker Super Jumbo Aircraft. The full media release from Airbus can be read below: Order covers passenger aircraft plus new freighter model Malaysia Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 17 A330 widebody aircraft. The contract firms up a previously announced Memorandum of Understanding for 15 A330-300 passenger aircraft, plus an additional order for two A330-200F Freighters for operation by the carrier’s subsidiary MASkargo. Deliveries of the passenger aircraft will begin in the first half of 2011, with the first freighter joining the MASkargo fleet later the same year. Seating 283 passengers in a high comfort two class layout, the A330-300 will become the mainstay of the carrier’s medium haul passenger fleet and will be used on services to destinations across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as to the Middle East. In the freight market, MASkargo will fly the aircraft on sectors of up to 3,200 nautical miles, with the capability to carry payloads of almost 70 tonnes. “The A330s complement the other aircraft orders under our fleet modernisation plan. The ability to add capacity will enable us to offer more frequencies to key destinations and fly to new destinations. This strategy complements our continuous investment in people, systems as well as infrastructure, and positions us in high gear for growth,” said Malaysia Airlines Managing Director/CEO, Azmil Zahruddin. “The latest order from Malaysia Airlines underscores the position of the A330 Family as the most efficient and versatile product line in its class,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “In addition to the proven reliability and low operating costs of the passenger aircraft, the MAS group will also be one of the first airlines to benefit from the new levels of efficiency coming to the freight market with the A330-200F.” Malaysia Airlines is a long-standing customer of Airbus and currently operates 14 A330s, comprising 11 A330-300s and three long range A330-200s. In addition to the latest A330 order, the carrier also has six A380s on firm order for future operation on its busiest long haul routes. The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely used widebody aircraft in service today. To date, Airbus has won more than 1,000 orders for the various versions of the aircraft. More than 650 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft is currently flying with over 80 operators worldwide. The new A330-200F freighter variant is currently at an advanced stage of its […]
Emirates have announced that they intend to commence an Emirates A380 service from Dubai to Beijing from 1 August 2010. The service will operate under flight number EK 306 and EK 307 for the return flight. Details and timings of the Emirates A380 Service from Dubai to Beijing are as follows: Service Flight Number Departure time Arrival Time Dubai to Beijing EK 306 04:10 hrs 15:10 hrs Beijing to Dubai EK 307 23:55 hrs 04:20 hrs The full media release from Emirates can be read below: DUBAI, U.A.E., 1st March 2010: The world’s most populous country, China, will fittingly receive the aviation world’s largest commercial aircraft with the start of Emirates A380 Dubai-Beijing-Dubai services on 1st August 2010. The new service signals the first A380 operation to China, and follows an impressive series of A380-firsts to New Zealand, Thailand and Korea by the Dubai-based airline. The 517-seater A380 will be deployed on the existing EK 306 service that departs Dubai daily at 04:10 hrs, touching down in the Chinese capital city at 15:10 hrs. Return flight EK 307 takes off from Beijing Capital International Airport at 23:55 hrs, landing at Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport at 04:20 hrs the following day. Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline noted: “Emirates was the first Middle Eastern airline to establish direct air links with mainland China over seven years ago. The link has proved very successful for both of us and we are strengthening it further with the launch of China’s first A380 service. This new operation bears testimony of our ongoing commitment to China; offering enhanced capacity to the world’s third-largest economy as it surges ahead with its international trade and development agenda. “The A380 flight offers significant economic benefits to China by providing seamless connections between China and Africa, Europe and the Middle East via Emirates’ Dubai hub. Today China ranks as Africa’s second-largest trading partner with trade crossing US$100 billion. Equally, Africa is China’s second largest engineering contracting market and deals for contract projects exceed US$126.3 billion.” Mr. Clark continued: “Trade between Dubai and China is on a steady rise, recording an average annual growth of 36%. Also, the UAE is expecting a surge in incoming Chinese leisure groups after the Chinese government granted it ‘Approved Destination Status’ last year. Although our A380 will support the growing demand for air travel to/from China through capacity enhancements of almost 50%, it will not be sufficient. We believe China’s blazing economic growth justifies a further expansion in aviation links in the near future.” Mr. Dong Zhiyi, Director & General Manager of Beijing Capital International Airport said: “We are very excited to welcome Emirates’ revolutionary A380 – the first scheduled A380 commercial jet to touch down on Chinese soil. This is an important milestone for the future of Beijing Capital and aviation in China. We have made major investments to prepare this airport for new and larger aircraft that will be the future of the airline business.” The […]
Emirates has commenced A380 services into Seoul Korea, with the first ever Commercial Airbus A380 flight into Korea. The full media release from Emirates can be read below: The aviation world’s first A380 operation to Seoul, and Emirates’ first A380 flight to North East Asia touched down to a vibrant and colourful welcome at Incheon International Airport this afternoon. The first commercial A380 jet to land on Korean soil brought with it passengers from 27 countries including the U.A.E., Bahrain, Qatar, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia and the UK, and over 10 tonnes of cargo. The new service demonstrates Emirates’ investment in the Korean economy, perfectly timed to support ‘Visit Korea Year’ in 2010. It will operate initially on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, advancing to a daily operation from 27th December. A high-level Emirates delegation led by Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline travelled on the first A380 flight. It included Richard Vaughan, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Worldwide and Richard Jewsbury, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Far East and Australasia. On arrival the delegation was welcomed by CW Lee, President and CEO of Incheon International Airport Corporation; YJ Woo, Chief Administrator of Seoul Regional Aviation Administration; Sonia Hong, Secretary General of Visit Korea Committee and over 120 government dignitaries and media personnel. Mr. Clark noted: “Emirates is delighted to launch Korea’s first A380 service. Our partners at Incheon International Airport have invested heavily to make the airport a world-class A380 facility and for this we thank them. “Air transportation is a key facilitator of economic growth. Since the launch of Emirates services to Seoul in 2005 using an Airbus 340-300, we have stimulated the flow of business and leisure traffic to and from Korea. Our flights have connected Korea to potential and emerging Middle East and African markets thus creating new business opportunities. Our services have also served the needs of over 70,000 Korean corporate travellers and holiday-makers visiting the UAE annually. “While I am confident the enhanced capacity of the A380 will add further momentum to the growth of the Korean economy, I believe it is just not enough. The strong demand for passenger and cargo services on the Dubai-Seoul-Dubai route outstrips the available capacity which is restricted by the present bilateral agreement to eight flights a week. ” The U.A.E. and Korea share close relations, strengthened further with the high profile visits of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai to Korea in May 2007, and of Noh Moo-Hyun, the (late) President of Korea to the U.A.E. in 2007. Korea is a major stakeholder in Dubai’s expansion and Korean companies are involved in some of the most high-profile projects in the emirate. Korea is also one of the UAE’s leading trade partners with over 150% growth in total trade over the past five years. The U.A.E. and in particular Dubai is home to the Arab world’s largest Korean population. Close […]
According to Bloomberg Vietnam Airlines has signed an in principal agreement to purchase 4 Airbus A380 aircraft The article goes on to say “Vietnam Air signed an initial agreement with European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co., the parent of Airbus, to begin negotiations on the purchase, Pham Ngoc Minh, the airline’s chief executive officer, said in a telephone interview from Hanoi Thursday. He declined to elaborate.” “The Hanoi-based carrier plans to double its fleet to more than 100 planes by 2015 and triple it to 150 by 2020 as the country’s economy improves, according to its website.” “The agreement was signed Thursday during a three-day visit by French Prime Minister Francois Fillon to the Southeast Asian country, according to a statement from the Vietnamese foreign ministry.”
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?
Airbus is suggesting that demand for larger passenger and freight aircraft will rise significantly over the next 20 years with, in addition Airbus predict around 25,000 aircraft with a value of US$3.1 trillion will be sold/replaced in this same time frame. The full media release from Airbus can be read below: Demand for larger eco-efficient aircraft Some 25,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at US$3.1 trillion will be delivered from 2009 to 2028, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast. Emerging economies, evolving airline networks, expansion of low cost carriers and the increasing number of mega-cities as well as traffic growth and the replacement of older less efficient aircraft with more eco-efficient airliners are factors driving demand for new aircraft. Larger aircraft in all size categories are required to help ease aircraft congestion and to accommodate growth on existing routes and to achieve more with less. Compared to timescales for aircraft investment and fleet turnover, economic down cycles are relatively short and a strong underlying demand for air travel will drive growth. In 2009, a decline in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK’s) of two per cent is expected to be followed by a rise of 4.6 per cent in 2010. The forecast anticipates that in the next 20 years, passenger traffic RPK’s will remain resilient to the cyclical effects of the sector and increase by 4.7 per cent per year or double in the next 15 years. This will require a demand for almost 24,100 new passenger aircraft valued at US$2.9 trillion. With the replacement of some 10,000 older passenger aircraft, the world’s passenger aircraft fleet of 100 seats or more will double from some 14,000 today. Airfreight tonne kilometres (FTKs) is forecast to increasing annually by 5.2 per cent. Combined with fleet renewal, this creates a demand for some 3,440 freighters. More than 850 of these are new aircraft valued at US$210 billion, with the remainder converted from passenger aircraft. “Air transportation is a growth industry, and an essential ingredient in the world economy,” says Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers John Leahy. “Technology and innovation are key drivers for an eco-efficient aviation sector, and Airbus is at the forefront of both.” Aviation also benefits individuals in every region of the world, with the number growing as aviation prospers. Oxford Economics predicts that in 20 years time, air transport will directly employ 8.5 million people worldwide and contribute US$1 trillion annually to world GDP. Tourism and indirect benefits are even bigger. The greatest demand for passenger aircraft will be from airlines in Asia-Pacific and emerging markets. The region that includes the People’s Republic of China and India accounts for 31 per cent of the total, followed by Europe (25 per cent) and North America (23 per cent). In terms of domestic passenger markets, India (10 per cent) and China (7.9 per cent) will have the fastest growth over the next 20 years. The largest by volume of traffic, will remain domestic US. Air traffic growth, increased frequencies, cost reduction, environmental […]
Today Emirates airlines will take a step into the history books when it becomes the first airline to start scheduled flights to Toronto Canada. The Emirates A380 route from Dubai to Toronto Canada will be a three times a week service and is a sign that Emirates is committed to and sees great potential in the Canadian market. Presently Emirates is restricted to 3 flight a week to Canada and would like to expand this with daily flight to Toronto with a possible second daily service with a 777 aircraft, along with an additional service from Dubai to Calgary. The Full press release from Emirates can be read below: One hundred years after the first manned flight in Canada, Canadian aviation history again will be made when an Emirates airline Airbus A380 lands at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on June 1, 2009. The airline’s double-decker aircraft will be the first to enter the Canadian market. “We are extremely pleased to provide the A380 for our Dubai-Toronto service, which has had consistently strong demand since the three-times weekly route was launched in October, 2007,” said Emirates President Tim Clark. “In fact, the demand has been so high it will only allow Emirates to address some of the unmet need of the Toronto market,” he added. “The launch of the Dubai-Toronto A380 service means we will continue to invest in Canada, one of our most important markets. Our inaugural A380 flight to Toronto comes just after the hiring of Emirates’ 500th Canadian employee. Our Canadian employees are in Canada and Dubai in positions ranging from management to pilots to cabin crew and engineers,” Mr. Clark said. “Despite the current economic difficulties, this is good news for the Canadian economy. We believe you need a long-term view. By adding this new ultra-efficient aircraft to Toronto, we are increasing trade and tourism capacity, but the three flights a week restriction remains a disappointment. We believe Toronto needs a daily A380 service and progressively, a second daily service with an aircraft like the 777,” he added. Dubai has been one of Canada’s fastest growing export markets in recent years and Emirates has been lobbying for additional access to Toronto for a decade. Emirates has also indicated its interest in providing direct flights from Dubai to Calgary and Vancouver given the serious potential it sees for those markets. The airline remains hopeful that the Canadian government will allow additional service to Canada to meet the demand for passenger and cargo traffic. This request is consistent with the government’s Blue Sky policy on air liberalization, supported by several provincial and municipal governments and dozens of business and tourism stakeholders across Canada. “The inaugural flight represents a significant milestone for Emirates’ Toronto-Dubai service. Passengers are in for a treat when they fly on the Emirates A380. The aircraft features shower spas in the First Class cabin, an onboard lounge and our services include an extensive menu of multi-course meal options, created by top international chefs as […]
Singapore Airlines has received it sixth Airbus A380 aircraft, just a days after Qantas received its first Airbus A380. Singapore Airlines sixth A380 will be put into operation on their Singapore London route, allowing the airline to operate two daily A380 flights between Singapore and London. More details can be found in the Singapore Airlines press release below: SINGAPORE AIRLINES RECEIVES SIXTH A380 AIRCRAFT 18 September 2008, Sydney: Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of another A380 aircraft from manufacturer, Airbus. This is the sixth A380 aircraft delivered to Singapore Airlines. The aircraft – the world’s largest passenger plane – arrived in Singapore today (18 September 2008) at 0823 hrs, following a delivery flight from the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse the day before. The delivery of the sixth A380 allows for a second daily flight between Singapore and London, starting on 20 September 2008. The Singapore – London route is the first in the world to be operated twice a day by the superjumbo. The second daily A380 service will depart Singapore as flight SQ 318, and return from London as flight SQ 321. This is in addition to the current daily service operated by SQ 322 (Singapore-London) and SQ 317 (London-Singapore). A detailed schedule of A380 services on the Singapore-London route is found below. Singapore Airlines was the first Airline in the world to operate the A380. Since its entry into service in October 2007, the aircraft has been progressively utilised on routes from Singapore with high capacity demand. Aside from London, the Airline operates daily A380 flights between Sydney and Singapore, and Tokyo and Singapore. Following the delivery of its sixth A380, Singapore Airlines has 13 A380s remaining on firm order, and options on another six.
Qantas announced today that it would take delivery of its first A380 aircraft on 19 September 2008. The Executive General Manager of Qantas, Mr John Borghetti, said the airline would welcome its first A380 aircraft into the Qantas fleet at a ceremony at Airbus’ Toulouse factory and fly it via Singapore to Sydney, where it will land on Sunday morning, 21 September. Mr Borghetti reconfirmed that Qantas would operate its first A380 commercial passenger service from Melbourne to Los Angeles on 20 October 2008, and its first Sydney-Los Angeles service on 24 October. “This is the first of 20 A380s to join the Qantas fleet, with a total of three being delivered by the end of 2008,” he said. “We will be progressively introducing A380 services from Sydney to London via Singapore from early 2009.” Mr Borghetti said the Qantas A380 would offer the airline’s customers the best cabin design in the sky.“Our Creative Director, world-renowned industrial designer Marc Newson, has overseen the design and development of all four classes on board – First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy – and all cabins will provide new levels of comfort, innovation, and style,” Mr Borghetti said.“The A380 is an exciting addition to the Qantas fleet, and our customers and staff are all eagerly awaiting its arrival.”