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Re: A380 troubles, the latest news...

Postby J » Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:48 pm

Emirates Phases Out Its First Airbus A380, Plans to Retire More

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Emirates Airbus A380 A6-EDB, which joined the Emirates fleet on Oct. 24, 2008, six months after its first test flight, has been retired from the airline’s fleet. The aircraft, which hasn’t performed a revenue flight in four months, was spotted in an all-white livery at Dubai International Airport.

A6-EDB made its last commercial flight on Feb. 23 from Muscat International Airport in Muscat, Oman, to Dubai before being stored at Dubai World Central International Airport on Feb. 28. The ill-fated superjumbo was brought back to Dubai International Airport after a month-long recess on March 25 and bid adieu to the skies after making its last flight over Dubai on May 28. It is one of the aircraft of the model wholly owned by Emirates, unlike others operated on long-term financial lease agreements with outside lessors
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Although Emirates is said to be considering to retire most of its A380 fleet because of impacts of the current industrial turmoil, it would be inaccurate to relate the removal of A6-EDB from the fleet to the pandemic. That is because Emirates, the world’s largest operator of A380, planned the retirement of a few of its double-deckers long before the current situation. The airline will also likely remove two of its aging A380s, registered as A6-EDA and A6-EDC, that are stored at Dubai International Airport.

“You’ll start seeing A380s coming out of our fleet for various reasons, and we’ve always said this,” said Emirates Airline President Tim Clark last year. “These are being dealt with on a tail-by-tail, month-by-month basis under a retirement [schedule] that is well planned already.”

“We are in the process of [starting A380 retirements],” he said at the time. “Two have been deactivated. They are under retirement because we’ve got a major overhaul coming up and it’s best to take the old aircraft out – they’re all written down – and take the gear off them rather than buy a $25 million main landing gear. I need two, possibly three, to meet that [overhaul] requirement.”

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Re: A380 troubles, the latest news...

Postby Verbal » Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:40 pm

Airbus just trucked its final A380 fuselage through a small French village as the world's largest airliner is killed off
Business Insider 06/22/2020
Author: Thomas Pallini

Evenings in the French village of Levignac are about to become quieter as Airbus nears the end of an era for its largest passenger jet.

The normally quiet village in Southern France sits just outside of Toulouse, the manufacturing hub of the aerospace giant. Levignac doesn't build airplanes or contribute greatly to Airbus' supply chain but it's played an important role in the development of the Airbus A380.

For the past 16 years, Levignac has been one of the last towns on the journey for A380 parts en route to the final assembly line where parts from across Europe are pieced together to form the finished product.

After arriving at the French Atlantic coast, the wings and fuselage for each aircraft are transported by barge inland and then over the road on trucks from Langon to Toulouse, bypassing most villages but passing directly through Levignac. The first convoy passed through Levignac in 2004 and the practice continued for 16 years before the last convoy completed its mission on Wednesday.

Airbus is shuttering its Airbus A380 product line following lackluster sales. Less than 300 aircraft were sold and with the arrival of next-generation aircraft, airlines are finding it more profitable to operate more flights with smaller aircraft than fewer flights with larger aircraft.

The final convoy carried parts destined to become an Airbus A380 for Emirates, the largest operator of the world's largest passenger plane.
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Re: A380 troubles, the latest news...

Postby 3WE » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:29 pm

What is an A380?

(Ok, I know what it is, but we[italics?] are reaching that point.)
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Re: A380 troubles, the latest news...

Postby elaw » Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:05 pm

It's two A190's glued together, one on top of the other. :mrgreen:
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Re: A380 troubles, the latest news...

Postby ocelot » Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:36 pm

Evidently they should have done side-by-side, like the F-82.

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Re: A380 troubles, the latest news...

Postby J » Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:19 pm

Picture Tour Of Hi Fly A380 in Cargo Configuration

This is the former Singapore plane that was purchased by Hi Fly, a Portuguese wet lease company. It has operated a number of passenger flights and now has had many coach class seats removed for additional cargo space.
That certainly represents a lot of cubic capacity but will also require a lot of manual handling. Imagine loading all that freight via standard passenger doors on both decks - or do they use the stairway for upstairs? Most of the capacity is on the main deck with overhead bins being used as well. None of the pictures or video show tie down features for the floor loads in the modified sections.

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Re: A380 troubles, the latest news...

Postby Not_Karl » Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:56 pm

Picture Tour Of Hi Fly A380 in Cargo Configuration
Interesting, thanks!
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Re: A380 troubles, the latest news...

Postby J » Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:53 pm

Here is a 3-minute video of the Hi Fly conversion dated July 29. While much of it is not new information, you can catch a quick view of packages secured to the floor at the 1-minute mark and some more loading details around 2 minutes.
Based on the amount of labor needed to load boxes through the passenger doors and, in some cases, carry them around the first and business class seats that were not removed, this seems like a clever way to get at least a few revenue flights while there is so little demand for passenger traffic.


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Re: A380 troubles, the latest news...

Postby J » Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:10 pm

Hi Fly A380 Menaces Portuguese Holidaymakers
Includes rather anti-climatic 1-minute video.

Hi Fly’s Airbus A380 Causes Panic & Joy After Flying Just 230m Above Coastline
Earlier this week, Hi Fly caused panic and joy as it flew over holidaymakers enjoying the beach. The Portuguese charter airline said the performance was planned and intended to raise awareness as well as give planespotters a treat.

The A380, registered as 9H-MIP, flew just 230 meters above the Algarve coastline in a stunt that impressed many keen aviation enthusiasts. The airline’s vice president Carlos Mirpuri reportedly piloted the aircraft in a planned event.

9H-MIP was completing a functional flight check, which lasted just under an hour. It left Beja International Airport at 14:44 local time (UTC+1) and flew over Faro and Vilamoura. Before it left from Beja Airport, it had published an alert on its Twitter account urging lucky enthusiasts to look out for the aircraft as it passed over the Algarve.

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