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SecaucusFats
01-19-2005, 09:06 PM
This thing is awesome! Hats off to the Europeans on this effort.
News24Gallery A380 (http://www.news24.com/News24/Gallery/Home/0,,galleries-1-173,00.html)

SF

highsea
01-19-2005, 09:37 PM
I wonder how many will really get the deluxe interiors. Virgin is promising them, restaurants, bars, casinos, bedrooms, etc. Most airlines will just cram as many seats in as they can.

The basic version will hold 550 inmates, and the stretch version is supposed to hold 800. Can you imagine loading and unloading all those people and their carry-ons from one door? It'll take 2 hours, minimum for a gate turnaround.

It may do well in the trans-ocean routes and Asian markets, where long flights are the norm. The takeoff and landing rolls are less than a 747, and landing gear weight is less per wheel, so runways don't need to be modified. But taxiways will have to be made wider, and the gates will have to be extended at those airports that will handle the plane.

It's definitely a behemoth, Airbus is betting it all on this one. Fedex ordered one for a freighter, but that is the only US order so far. Emirates is the big customer, I think 45 planes.

It will be interesting to see how things unfold. Boeing and Airbus are taking two distinctly different strategies. Boeing is betting on the 7E7, and more direct flights between cities vs. the hub and spoke system. I think this will be more popular with US travelers, because everyone hates spending time in airports. The 747 may lose out to the A380 for International flyers, especially if they get the fancy interiors that are in all the pictures.

It's a monster. The tail is as tall as a seven story building!

Chopstick
01-20-2005, 06:22 AM
Looks like they finally got something Q's head will fit into. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

9 Ball Girl
01-20-2005, 07:34 AM
They've also got pool tables from what I read somewhere. And like landshark pointed out in another thread, does that mean that pool cues will no longer be looked upon as weapons???

JPB
01-20-2005, 08:37 AM
I think there is some chance that this plane will show the problems of government participation in business. Things that get colossal sometimes have problems. When I saw the stories about the socialist European leaders talking about this plane I started worrying. Hope it will be OK, but the Airbus idea is wrong. Governments have no business in business.

Qtec
01-20-2005, 09:38 AM
Thats a pretty low blow, mate. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif Totally uncalled for. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Wish I could think of a witty come-back.
drat.

Q /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

SecaucusFats
01-20-2005, 01:47 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote 9 Ball Girl:</font><hr> They've also got pool tables from what I read somewhere. And like landshark pointed out in another thread, does that mean that pool cues will no longer be looked upon as weapons??? <hr /></blockquote>

Wendy,

I read the thread. I don't know about all that "pool tables" on the plane stuff.

I think it's just wild speculation because it aimply would not work; and to make it work the table would have to be placed on a gyroscopically (sp?)stabilized surface.

The costs involved would be enormous and unwelcome in a project which is significantly over budget.

SF

Chopstick
01-20-2005, 02:03 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Qtec:</font><hr> Thats a pretty low blow, mate. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif Totally uncalled for. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Wish I could think of a witty come-back.
drat.

Q /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif <hr /></blockquote>

How about ppppbbbtthhtt! That's my new word of the day. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

JPB
01-20-2005, 03:14 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SecaucusFats:</font><hr>




The costs involved would be enormous and unwelcome in a project which is significantly over budget.

SF
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/ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

SPetty
01-20-2005, 04:19 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SecaucusFats:</font><hr> I don't know about all that "pool tables" on the plane stuff.

I think it's just wild speculation because it aimply would not work; and to make it work the table would have to be placed on a gyroscopically (sp?)stabilized surface. <hr /></blockquote>There's at least one cruise liner that has just such a pool table on it. The Royal Caribbean line, I believe.