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Today Qantas became the first airline to fly a commercial flight to USA (Los Angeles) on the world’s largest commercial aircraft, Airbus A380. The current flight numbers for the the Airbus A380 are QF 11 and QF 12. The flight will allow passengers to fly Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) or Brisbane (BNE). The airplane will also fly a weekly flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles.  Currently the airlines is running a limited seat pricing for a round trip on the Airbus A380 for less than $1000.

The flight landed at LAX on runway 25L in the South Airfield at 7:26 am. After landing the plan head over to Tom Bradley International Terminal for arrival procedures.

The A380 Welcome Party

The A380 Welcome Party

The flight was welcomed by “Qantas Ambassador-at-Large John Travolta, Australian
entertainment legend Olivia Newton-John and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R.
Villaraigosa.

Features of the Qantas Airbus A380 (from Market Watch Article)

  • 14 single private suites in First Class featuring a 17 inch LCD wide screen video monitor, a unique touch screen control unit, and a seat (manufactured by B/E Aerospaces’s VIP jet group) that swivels into a comfortable armchair and a fully flat, extra long and wide bed;
  • the next generation of Qantas’ award-winning sleeper seat Skybed in Business Class, which now offers an extra long and fully flat bed with ergonomically enhanced cushioning, a larger in-arm entertainment screen, additional storage options and more privacy;
  • a private lounge area in the upper deck Business Class cabin featuring leather sofas, a self-service bar, large video monitor with laptop connectivity and a feature display cabinet;
  • Premium Economy seats by Recaro, with fully adjustable, in-arm, digital wide screen television monitors, and a self service bar dedicated to the upper deck Premium Economy cabin;
  • Recaro seats in Economy Class featuring a sliding base that moves with the seat back to create a more comfortable, ergonomically tested position to aid sleep and eliminate pressure points and a foot net to stop sliding during sleep;
  • four self-service bars in Economy Class; and
  • state-of-the-art Panasonic inflight entertainment system with more than 100 on demand movies, 500 television selections, up to 1,000 audio CDs, 30 PC style games, and a selection of audio books, language tutorials, destination information, business education and radio channels.
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V Australia, Virgin Blue’s long-haul offshoot, was supposed to launch its service from Sydney to Los Angeles on December 15th, but due to the strike at Boeing headquarters has forced the launch until February of next year!

The airline has suspended advanced sale of tickets for travel December 15 2008 to February 28th 2009.

The strike is very unfortunate! The way the airlines work is that they use the delivery date for new airplanes to add new flights and sell tickets in advance. Any delay in delivery date means loss of revenue for the airlines. The aircraft manufacturer might have to pay delay costs to the airlines (depends on the contract). This seems to be a big opportunity for Airbus (Airbus had problems with A380 and A350 deliveries which now seem to be on track).  

From Herald Sun –

Virgin Blue
said Boeing had advised it of the delay and said it cannot predict the
duration of the dispute at its Seattle plant and therefore could not
guarantee the delivery date of V Australia’s launch aircraft.
V Australia has three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in the advanced stage production at the plant.
Virgin
Blue said it had a revised the V Australia launch date and expects its
offshoot to commence services on February 28, 2009.

V Australia’s Executive GM Scott Swift said – (from here)

In a letter to passengers with tickets booked, V Australia executive GM Scott Swift said the carrier was “very sorry to have to tell you” of the deferred launch.

“Boeing has advised us that it cannot predict the duration of the strike. It is in these circumstances that we feel we have no choice but to delay our V Australia launch and have nominated a revised V Australia launch date of 28 February 2009 to protect the interests of our Guests,” said Swift.

“We are one of a number of airlines impacted by the strike. V Australia has three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in advanced production at the factory. The strike has no bearing on services operated by Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue or Polynesian Blue,” he said.

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September 21st 2008, Sydney got its first landing by an Airbus A380 with Qantas’ first A380 delivery.

Some highlights of the event –

  • Like Father like son – Captain Peter Probert flew the plane (his father flew the first Boeing 747 into Australia in 1971)
  • Flight – Flew from Toulouse, France (Friday night) and landed in Sydney about 9am local time.
  • Passengers – 86 passengers (with “team of
    technicians, Qantas executives, chef Neil Perry, head designer Marc
    Newson and a large media contingent”)
  • Luxury on Flight – On board this flight, the passengers were treated to “Dom Perignon champagne and Penfolds Grange 2001 vintage”

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Today ( June 24th 2008 ) LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) is opening a new $83 million taxiway. The taxiway is expected to reduce the risk collision when airplanes cross one of the two runways on the airport’s south side.

From LA times –

“Historically, LAX has had one of the highest rates of so-called runway
incursions in the nation. Officials say the project should reduce the
number of incursions by acting as a buffer between runways. After
landing, pilots will be directed by air traffic controllers to turn
onto the taxiway, where they will await clearance to cross the inner
runway.”

“In 2006 and 2007, 16 incursions at LAX were reported, nine of them on
the south runways. Six of the nine were caused by the problem the new
taxiway addresses, according to the FAA.”

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Singapore Airlines has been selling so many business class tickets on its routes from NYC-Singapore and LA-Singapore that “it is converting the five ultra-long-haul Airbus A340-500 jets that it uses on those routes to all-business-class seating“. Currently the aircrafts are – “outfitted in two classes: 63 business-class seats and 117 seats in what Singapore calls premium economy“.

How much does it cost?
From here

“How much does it really cost for a business-class seat? Every time I
ask an airline executive, I get a song and dance the likes of which
haven’t been seen since the Palace Theater featured vaudeville. The
walk-up fare on the trans-Atlantic routes is about $10,000, though
corporations negotiate discounts and a traveler wallowing in
frequent-flier miles used to be able to book an upgrade.”

The all-business class airplanes will have iphone/ipod docks and 15.4 inch LCD screens for each seat.

From Gizmodo

“Each business customer can dock their iPhone or iPod and watch their
own movies on the included noise-canceling headphones—which will be
interrupting when the captain wants tell you to look off to your left
so you can see a drunken Superman mooning your plane.”

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Dennis Farina, the former “Law and Order” star and former Chicago Police Officer, was arrested at the Los Angeles Airport for carrying a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic weapon in his briefcase.

Farina, 64, was booked in a felony case after LAX screeners found a
loaded handgun in his briefcase as he prepared to board a plane. More…

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