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New Airbus A380 rollout in 4 days !!!

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I can't wait :-boom .... the first flight will be in March!! :-eek

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Cool indeed - I live very close to the Airbus factory near Chester, UK where they make the wings. My mate works on them - hope he fixed them good !!RgsEd

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Wow that was fast... I thought it would have taken them longer to develop and deliver such a ground breaking aircraft.

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Smashing two decks on top of each other to create a hideous looking airplane is not exactly "ground breaking" in my opinion.

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Amazing aeroplane! The engineering on these things never ceases to amaze me.*Gazes into crystal ball*I think the A380 will be the last *conventional* heavy airliner. By that I mean the last "tube-with-wings" design. It will have reached its peak on the A380. I feel that the A390 & beyond will be a blended/flying wing sort of thing.:)

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>Smashing two decks on top of each other to create a hideous>looking airplane is not exactly "ground breaking" in my>opinion. Well it

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Cool we have a new moderator :)May very well be the wrong forum if so the mods will probably move it so no need to spill energy.

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>Smashing two decks on top of each other to create a hideous>looking airplane is not exactly "ground breaking" in my>opinion. I'm with you, I think Airbus will rank right up with the Spruce Goose as being a commercial success.

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A major accomplishment in aviation, but d@mn that thing is UGLY.Looks like a B-36 with passengers. Besides. Its french. No thank you.Just my 2 cents.Eric

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LOL, hey its not only french, we Germans did some parts and engineering too :(Well if it was all french, i also wouldnt fly it :D

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>I'm with you, I think Airbus will rank right up with the>Spruce Goose as being a commercial success. I pretty sure I heard and read many comments such as those prior to and during the B747 launch... The more things change...Chris Porter:-outtaPerthWestern Australia

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The A380 will take the airline world by storm, youll see. lots of carriers im sure are just waiting to see whats going on with it. Ive always loved both manufactures, but I fear that the A380, and the A350 which is directly pointed at the 7E7 which by all accounts at least on paper is every bit as good as the 7E7, and very easy for Airbus to make, as its just a rehashed for want of better words A330, will back boeing into a corner some what.Reading in the Airline press, it seems that Airbus are really going for gold when it comes to trying to sink boeing.Also here in europe a lot of the budget airlines that were boeing only *alledgey* are all turning to airbus with regards to fleet renewal, Airberlin is one of them, Easy Jet im sure will go the airbus as an official has stated that the A319 is paying for it's self very quickly. Even whilst i was in the US, Uniteds budget carrier TED is an airbus only fleet *I think*, and Ive been to the us every year since 2000 and ive seen more and more airbuses, which is a trend im seeing more and more of in europe.This is just my thoughts im not biased to either one, and im not trying to start whos a better thread, as I know some take this subject personally, But there is defenitly a sign that airbus are getting overly strong at the moment, and boeing have been delt some costly blows in the last few years by carriers switching to air bus, and airbus have been deleivering more planes latley.I dont proclaim to be an expert in this, but i am more or less just repeating what ive read.Jason

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>WRONG FORUM>>Michael J.>And... Why post stuff like this, without any kind of thought as to writing why its the wrong forum. Who put you in charge? you might want to let the orignal poster know Why its the wrong forum, and in a less nasty manner than Bold Black writing. :-roll

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Hey dont forget that it has British wings!!!!!Yes I agree its the ugliest airliner I've ever seen but its gonna do its pax & cargo-haulin' job well! Those engines are huuuuuuuge...are they as big as the engines on a 777?

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In the 50`s, the Bristol Airplane Company (who have evolved into the the BAe part of the EADS consortium) developed an aircraft called the Brabazon. It was planned as the big Transatlantic luxury liner of the skies. It could be seen as not dissimilar to the A380 in its position in that market at the time. It had the following parallels to the A3801) It was a very large scale proposal for an existing long haul route.2) It was an extrapolation of existing design concepts and represented merely a scaling up of old design ideas.3) It had last-generation power plants - i.e turboprobs with contra props - lots of complexity for minimal gain; technology which was fast being superseded by turbojets at the timeThe Brabazon was a flop. It cost BAC a fortune and never reached full certification. No sales for BAC. Whilst I would like to see the A380 do well, and it is an amazing aircraft simply because of its scale, I fear it could easily go the same way as the Brabazon. The Brabazon was killed by the sudden success of the jet engine in transport aircraft, the A380 may just be killed by virtue of the reduction in travel following 9/11 and the fact that there is barely enough market for two big boys in the commercial airliner market.My degree was in Air Transport Engineering. The A380 is one project that would be giving me ulcers if I was on the technical team. That said, I can`t wait to see it fly..Similar skepticism was directed at the 747 programme and that 'didn`t do too bad'!! Cheers allRottenlungs

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>WRONG FORUM>>Michael J.>Sorry you are mistaken- This is a NEW forum NOW- that is one that is friendly, curtious, and full of POSITIVE information. I could add more and feed on that comment, but WHY?Anyhow, A380 looks massive and can't wait to see one in reality! Wonder how many airports can facilitate this beast?

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Airbus is the No1 aircraft company now, with a 57% share of the market last year, I am fairly sure that they wouldnt plough so much money into a "white elephant", also a fair few number of carriers have signed up for it, so hopefully it will be a success.Certainly going to be an awesome sight when it takes to the sky for real, its a huge beast of a thing, not inherently "pretty", but it might grow on you!!!.Dan.

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>I am fairly sure that they wouldnt>plough so much money into a "white elephant", also a fair few>number of carriers have signed up for itDo you know how much money was "ploughed" into the concorde. from a sales point of view, it was a flop.

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Well, anyway, since the now aging 747-400 is popular in super dense seating configurations around Asia the A380 should at least have a market there. It'll be interesting to see how it does in other markets, but I think that most of the high density routes between the top ten international hubs should be realistic candidates for the 380 as the airports get more and more congested. >Do you know how much money was "ploughed" into the concorde.>from a sales point of view, it was a flop.But that project was also about national prestige in a cold war climate. Projects of its kind are not undertaken anymore, even the millitary have to watch the costs these days.-

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Concorde technology was transferred to other more average aircraft as well so it was definiatly a success. Just look at it

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Hey All,Man that thing is huge! And I see Canada was in on the engineering too - looks like the back is held together by duct tape! :-hah Take Care! -Ed-

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