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Photos: First flight of Asiana Airlines’ first A380

Korea’s Asiana Airlines’ first A380 has successfully completed its maiden flight. The A380 flew from Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse, France to the aircraft manufacturer’s site in Hamburg, Germany, where it will undergo painting and cabin furnishing. Asiana Airlines will become the twelfth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the second quarter of 2014. …

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AirAsia X orders 25 additional A330-300

AirAsia X, the long haul, low fare airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group has placed an order for 25 more A330-300s with European airframer Airbus. The order is valued at US$ 6 billion at list prices. This order increases AirAsia X’s total orders to 57 A330-300s, which are scheduled to be completed by 2019. Fifty-one direct on Airbus and six …

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Etihad Airways orders CFM LEAP engine for its A321neo

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced that it has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 26 Airbus A321neo scheduled to begin delivery in 2018. The order is valued at $2.8 billion U.S. at list price, including a long-term services agreement. To support the new fleet, Etihad has signed a 15-year Rate per Flight …

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Qatar Airways Cargo order five new Airbus A330-200F freighters

Qatar Airways has placed a firm order for five new Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft in an agreement signed at the Dubai Airshow 2013. These new aircraft will complement the airline’s rapidly growing network, which includes more than 40 routes that have dedicated freighter services. Included in the order are eight additional A330-200F options – which would make the deal potentially …

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Emirates to implement Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) Service

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Emirates Airline has signed an agreement to implement a structured trial of the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service which is expected to lead to a wider implementation thereafter. The AMI service, continuously ensures the automatic replenishment of high-usage and non-repairable parts at the customer’s facilities.The AMI automated inventory management solution supports Airbus customers to reduce their inventory holding costs. By …

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Airbus corporate foundation coordinates relief aid to the Philippines

An Airbus A340-300 test flight aircraft left Lyon, France at 7:45 Nov. 15, for Cebu, Philippines with 28 logistics and emergency rescue specialists on board plus nearly 30 tonnes of water purification equipment and energy biscuits, destined for the victims of the Haiyan typhoon in the Philippines. This relief mission has been jointly organised with Action Contre la Faim (ACF). …

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Airbus A380 airline-wise seating configurations compared

Qatar Airways A380 First Class Cabin

We have published a article with an updated seat chart, see it here. Early next year Qatar Airways will become the eleventh operator of the Airbus A380 super-jumbo. We have researched and produce below an airline-wise A380 seat configuration infographic for comparison. Airbus had original projected the aircraft in a three class 555 seat configuration. We have also reached some …

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Defunct Kingfisher Airlines’ Airbus A380 orders still active

by Vinay Bhaskara Computer rendering of A380 in Kingfisher Airlines livery Image Courtesy of  Malaysia Flying Herald At its recent annual results conference, European aerospace manufacturer Airbus released a bit of shocking information. Apparently, the ill-fated order for five Airbus A380s by now-defunct (though perpetually on the verge of “re-starting” in the eyes of chairman Vijay Mallya) Kingfisher Airlines is …

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Airbus ends A340 era, selling last two aircraft, defaulted by Kingfisher Airlines

European airframer Airbus S.A.S. announced the sale of the last two A340-500 aircraft in its inventory, marking an end of the longest range model of its portfolio. AJW Capital Partners Limited, a worldwide aviation services group based in the UK, has signed a firm contract for the purchase of two Airbus A340-500s aircraft. With this order AJW Capital becomes the …

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MAP: All the routes flown by all airlines operating the Airbus A380

As of date there are seven airlines operating the Airbus A380 superjumbo. Singapore Airlines QANTAS Emirates airline Lufthansa Air France Korean Air Lines China Southern Airlines This post summarises all the A380 routes operated by these seven operators. See more A380 articles. The launch operator of the A380 was Singapore Airlines. The newest route is SQ25/SQ26 Singapore – Frankfurt – …

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