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Old 01-19-2013, 12:07 PM
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So far I really love the new Emirates A380 Double Decker. That plane really is some fine engineering. Was back on it again today from Hong Kong to Bangkok. A very smooth and quiet flight.

Once they fix the bugs and glitches on that new Boeing I will try that one as well.
I look forward to flying on the A380 one day.
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Airbus 2012 Deliveries Rise 10%, Beats Order Target

Airbus 2012 Deliveries Rise 10%, Beats Order Target

Boeing better get its **** together and fast! Airbus nipping at their heals!!

CHICAGO (dpa-AFX) - Airbus, the aircraft manufacturing segment of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. or EADS NV (EADSY.PK, EADSF.PK), reported Thursday a 10 percent increase in deliveries for the year 2012, while adding that it exceeded its order target. The company noted that market preference for its A320neo continues.

Airbus delivered 588 aircraft in the year to 89 customers, higher than last year's 534 aircraft. 2012 was the 11th year in a row of increased production.

In single aisles, Airbus made 455 deliveries, compared to 421 aircraft in 2011. Widebody deliveries reached 103 aircraft, higher than the 87 aircraft delivered a year ago. The company stated that the increased deliveries underline the success of the A330 Family which is being produced at the highest monthly production rates ever.

The company won 914 gross orders and exceeded its order target of 650. These orders include 305 CEO, 478 A320neo, 82 A330/A340s, 40 A350 XWB and nine A380s. According to Airbus, its backlog sets a new industry-wide record of 4,682 aircraft valued at over $638 billion.

Airbus' share of total aircraft sales by value in 2012 is 41.5 percent, and net orders reached 833 aircraft worth $96 billion. These include 739 A320 Family aircraft, of which 478 are NEO, confirming its over 62 percent market dominance since launch. In the widebody market, 58 A330s and 27 A350 XWB were ordered. In the very large aircraft segment, Airbus won nine out of 10 orders demonstrating the market's preference for the A380

Airbus' rival Boeing (BA) is facing a tough time now as more countries, including Japan and India, ordered Thursday that all Boeing 787 Dreamliners operated by airlines in those countries be kept out of service until their battery systems are confirmed as safe. It follows a global directive by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday.

Boeing's light weight Dreamliner planes have been in high demand in commercial aviation industry, especially in Japan, since their launch in December 2009. But a series of incidents this month, including a battery fire and fuel leaks, are setback for the U.S. aircraft giant.
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This flight was delayed arriving today. Hope all is well on this flight. The plane just looks pimp from the outside and inside. In person it looks much better than in the pictures. I love this plane
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USB charging or full 110v charging. Screen for watching videos,playing games or watching movies is roughly iPad sized which is excellent. All this in economy class too
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Looks like no more lithium batteries on board any more. Here in Hong Kong they now check and enforce no lithium batteries in luggage. They were not doing this a week or two ago.
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Investigators probe Boeing 787 battery maker:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...90K01J20130121

Looks like the primary issue is the quality of batteries themselves, which are made by Japanese company, GS Yuasa. So much for "Japanese products always have best reliability/quality" myths...
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Its the lithium batter malfuction when charged causing the batt to overheat n cause a fire

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Going to see the first 787 in JFK on the 3rd. Can't wait!!!

Here's a pic I took of a 380 for you guys to drool on


Emirates A380 Stance by Solidjake, on Flickr
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Going to see the first 787 in JFK on the 3rd. Can't wait!!!

Here's a pic I took of a 380 for you guys to drool on


Emirates A380 Stance by Solidjake, on Flickr
It is freakin pimp. The Rolls Royce of all commercial airplanes out there Thanks for the picture
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The A380 will never win any beauty contests, that's for sure.

This, OTOH...

But I digress, beauty is within the eye of the beholder.
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Some interesting statistics with A380 vs B747-8:

The world's largest jetliner, Airbus A380, has dominated the skies since its introduction in 2007. Now it has a contender.

Boeing's recent innovation, the 747-8 Intercontinental, is in direct competition with the massive A380. Both craft sit at the top of their class, feature similar characteristics, and compete for a dominant share of the same passenger market.
But which is better? Both planes attracted quite a buzz when they were first unveiled, but who reigns supreme? The following comparison reveals the hard facts behind the "face-off of the year" in the aviation community.
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Capacity
In typical 3-class configuration the A380 can seat nearly 530 passengers. The 747-8 certainly scores slightly lower at only 467 passengers. However, the numbers of passengers on a certain airplane can vary depending on seat configuration requirements of a particular airline.
Another factor to consider: a few more seats aren't always a draw to airlines looking to purchase a new craft. "With an A380, you run the risk of not filling every seat whenever you fly," remarked Boeing deputy program manager Elizabeth Lund, during the premiere of the 747-8 last month.
Since its introduction, however, the popularity of the jumbo Airbus among airlines has remained strong. According to Airbus, as of Feb. 2011, the total orders amount to 244, with 44 craft currently in operation.
Since it was only recently unveiled, orders for the new 747-8 are just beginning: Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, and Lufthansa are the fist to place orders for the plane.
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The Freight version of the 747-8 is the only airplane of jumbo freight airliners, after Airbus suspends its A380 freight version in 2007. (Courtesy of Boeing Corporation)
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In terms of overall length, the 747-8 bests the A830. At over 250 feet, the 747-8 is currently the longest commercial airplane in the skies-about 13 feet longer than the A380.
But the A380 still remains the world's tallest aircraft at almost 80 feet. The 747-8 is just shy of 64 feet.
The Airbus 380 may not be the longest, but it still carries more passengers. In the end, it all comes down to choosing a model that fits the needs of a particular airline. "It's, we think, really the right size most of the time in most markets,"added Lund. Customer orders will show if Boeing got it right again.

Price
Engine choice, design weights, and level of selected customization by airlines are some of the options that factor into the price of a plane.
The Boeing 747-8 is priced at just over $317 million, while the Airbus 380 costs considerably more-$375 million. Airbus increased its catalog price nearly 8.4 percent at the beginning of the year.
If airlines are to choose between the A380 and the 747-8 due to cost alone, the decision is simple-for every five Airbus craft purchased, a customer can buy six of the Boeing.
Speed and Range
According to Airbus tech specifications, the 380 can fly at a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.89. The 747-8, meanwhile, only offers a maximum speed of Mach 0.86.
Of course, as passengers, we feel little of the speed when flying.
The range of the A380 shows it can travel over 9500 miles in a single trip, while the 747-8 will not fly much beyond 9200 miles.
The world definitely looks much smaller nowadays when taking a trip from New York to Hong Kong, from LA to Mumbai, or from London to Singapore-trips that these crafts are capable of.

Fuel Economy
With rising fuel prices, and low-budget airlines on the rise to meet travelers' demands, of significant concern is how much fuel a plane will burn to take a large number of passengers from point A to point B.
Both planes are designed with innovative ideas to meet real economic concerns. These formidable craft incorporate features such as new wing designs, improved engines, and lighter materials to achieve the best possible fuel efficiency based on number of seats and distance traveled.
"The 747-8 has the lowest operating costs of any airplane in its class; the lowest trip cost; the lowest cost per seat mile; and the lowest fuel burn per seat mile," explained Jim Proulx, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Communications.

On its website, Boeing offers a host of reasons why their craft trumps the Airbus. Compared to the A380, the 747-8 claims to be 10 percent lighter per seat and it burns 11 percent less fuel per passenger.
So what does Airbus say? Unfortunately, Airbus press offices both in Europe and the U.S. could not be reached about the comparative fuel efficiency of the competing craft.
But the showdown between the A380 and 747-8 is far form over. In a WSJ online article from Feb. 13th, an Airbus executive claims that the 747-8 has yet to pass evacuation tests.
"Boeing will meet or surpass every requirement for passenger evacuation," countered Boeing's Proulx.
According to Proulx, "about one third of the market that Boeing sees for very large airplanes (400 seats and up) over the next 20 years is for freighter airplanes."
In early 2007, Airbus made an announcement suspending the development of the A380 freight version, and as Boeing claims, "it was too heavy and inefficient, meaning that the 747-8 is the only airplane in that market."


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I will definitely try the new Boeing once I get the chance but for now what I can say is that the A380 Emirates is pretty damn pimp..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/ar...ches-down.html
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I will definitely try the new Boeing once I get the chance but for now what I can say is that the A380 Emirates is pretty damn pimp..

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I will definitely try the new Boeing once I get the chance but for now what I can say is that the A380 Emirates is pretty damn pimp..
Interiors are custom to the airlines, not the manufacturer.

Here are some of the best for Business class:

http://www.airlinequality.com/Experi...lass_seats.htm
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Here are some of the best for Business class:

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Kingfisher appears to be all Airbus..
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The new line of aircraft from Boeing look amazing. The engine cowling is just like an F22


In JFK we have a few 748's but I think they are cargo from what I've seen. The 737 MAXX are nice as well.


Also found out Jetblue and my tenant Virgin America are adding sharklets to their 320's

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Live TV now on the new Boeing 777 by Emirates and Wifi on all A380's which is quite nice

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This plane is turning out to be a lemon destined for as bad a reputation as the DC10.

Another 787 Dreamliner diverted for mechanical problem

A United Airlines 787 Dreamliner was diverted due to a mechanical problem, the third such incident for Dreamliners in six days.

United Flight 94 was on its way to Denver early Sunday when it was forced to fly back to the Houston airport where the flight had originated, United Airlines said.

The cause: an issue with the brake indicator.

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The new line of aircraft from Boeing look amazing. The engine cowling is just like an F22


In JFK we have a few 748's but I think they are cargo from what I've seen. The 737 MAXX are nice as well.


Also found out Jetblue and my tenant Virgin America are adding sharklets to their 320's

up to 3.5% fuel savings on long-sector flights - I'd fit them as well!
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This plane is turning out to be a lemon destined for as bad a reputation as the DC10.

Another 787 Dreamliner diverted for mechanical problem

A United Airlines 787 Dreamliner was diverted due to a mechanical problem, the third such incident for Dreamliners in six days.

United Flight 94 was on its way to Denver early Sunday when it was forced to fly back to the Houston airport where the flight had originated, United Airlines said.

The cause: an issue with the brake indicator.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/23/travel...html?hpt=hp_t3
while these incidents are far from ideal, it hasn't stopped orders... YET...

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In an apparent show of confidence in the new airliner, United announced Tuesday it is ordering 20 additional Dreamliners, specifically the 787-10 model, which is a longer version of the plane.


The plane represents a new generation of efficient wide-body, long-range airliners, helping to make it among the world's most watched aircraft.


Airlines worldwide have committed to buy the plane, and hundreds of millions of dollars are riding on Dreamliner's success. Boeing's rival Airbus flew a similar airliner, its highly anticipated A350 XWB, for the first time on June 14 at its facility in Toulouse, France.
and as the A350XWB isn't in airline hands (to my knowledge) - we don't even know if that next-gen plane will have similar issues...
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while these incidents are far from ideal, it hasn't stopped orders... YET...



and as the A350XWB isn't in airline hands (to my knowledge) - we don't even know if that next-gen plane will have similar issues...
I read an article back a few years ago after the A380 has it's numerous series of new-service issues, (and before the 787 flew) about how the airline companies (like car companies) have switched over to "making schedule first" and worrying about quality later....

As an IT guy for the 787, I don't see much of the day to day operations and such, but I do know that these days Boeing has mechanics that are FAA-certified to 'buy off' quality control items, not unlike Airbus. This brings the management pressure to make schedule into light and the outcome is what we see in quality with both Airbus and Boeing jets. Each competing fiercely with each other while trying to make schedule, all the while making promises to customers that they can't possibly fulfill.

Add in the fact that the 787 is over 90% outsourced to other countries who may or may not have the same quality control issues that Boeing does on final assembly...

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Remember the big fanfare about rolling out the 787 from the factory on July 8, 2007? That's almost 6 years ago! Not funny. I got Boeing stocks in my portfolio.

An old exchange student is flying from Frankfurt to Houston, on the Airbus 380-800, not the 747-800.
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Remember the big fanfare about rolling out the 787 from the factory on July 8, 2007? That's almost 6 years ago! Not funny. I got Boeing stocks in my portfolio.

An old exchange student is flying from Frankfurt to Houston, on the Airbus 380-800, not the 747-800.
If you've been investing in Boeing stock that long, you must have done quite well.
Boeing company has historically been at very decent prices in the past 10 years and it is a company that has a sustainable profitable future. The defense cuts coming will be offset by the global increase of commercial airplanes. Throw in the fact that the engineers are always striving to come out with new models and you have a world class stock performer. Thanks to Boeing stock(Which made up about 25% of my portfolio at one point!), I will be able to retire about 5 years earlier than I anticipated.

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If you've been investing in Boeing stock that long, you must have done quite well.
Boeing company has historically been at very decent prices in the past 10 years and it is a company that has a sustainable profitable future. The defense cuts coming will be offset by the global increase of commercial airplanes. Throw in the fact that the engineers are always striving to come out with new models and you have a world class stock performer. Thanks to Boeing stock(Which made up about 25% of my portfolio at one point!), I will be able to retire about 5 years earlier than I anticipated.
Just went through my tax records, they didn't miss any dividend payments in 2012
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An old exchange student is flying from Frankfurt to Houston, on the Airbus 380-800, not the 747-800.
I haven't set foot on a Boeing aircraft since 2009 (somewhat intentionally) and I fly internationally every year plus domestic US flights. I'll be on the A380 for the first time in August on Air France and always fly on the A319/320 on US Airways CLT-DCA to visit parents.

However, I'll be breaking the non-Boeing trend in Europe as well, since the Nordic airlines fly 737-8s within Finland/Sweden.
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