Airbus A380 Makes Historic First Landing in Chicago

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  1. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...jumbo-story,0,1847929.story?coll=chi-news-hed

    And it flew directly over my house! :eek:

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    It was a very impressive sight. I was watching it live on WGN 9 News and I'm like, hey, maybe I'll be able to see it in the distance from my front door (faces general direction of O'Hare which is about 10 miles north). So I grabbed my camera, walked outside and heard a tremendous roar, looked up, and there it was! What a lucky shot...
     
  2. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    I actually saw it at the Farnborough international air show. Lovely plane others may disagree). The degree of turn that it can do is phenomenal for its size. Me like it
     
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    Fantastic picture, dpaanlka. I agree it's quite the sight, at least from what I can tell from my non-live views of it.

    It doesn't seem as though it's catching on here vs. the 787, though, which is surprising because America is generally all about the "bigger".
     
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  5. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    I think the 787 is both higher tech and fits a wider variety of routes. The A380 is prestigious, but really only practical on a smaller number of routes. That is my understanding anyway.
     
  6. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    1.3 times the capacity...

    ... same small door.
     
  7. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    But twice as many of them.
     
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    I can understand having a bigger plane ='s more people but do airline companies plan on putting new features. I would love like a small cabin with beds for really long flights like from LA to Sidney or from JFK to China :eek:
     
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    -dpaanlka

    I've yet to see a US airport report that they will, or can load/unload passengers with more than one door on this plane. They've had tough enough a job retrofitting the jetways to reach as high as they have to.

    If that changes, well then, so will my opinion.
     
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    So would I -- but if that cabin takes the space of 4 or 5 seats, would you be willing to pay 5x as much for it? I sure wouldn't.
     
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    -IJ Reilly

    I thought Lufthansa and... name escapes me... have.
     
  13. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    Not in the United States. I believe currently it's Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines, and maybe a few from the middle east (Qatar? Emirates?)...
     
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    SFO is prepared to board through two doors at six gates in the International Terminal...the terminal was designed with this sort of plane in mind. Singapore Airlines, the first A380 customer, would prefer three-door loading, but they're okay with two doors.
     
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    That's a biiiig plane! Great shot BTW :)

    I used to fly to Frankfurt 3 or more times a year and I was amazed when the 777 was introduced. I love the old 747s though, I flew Clipper Class with Pan Am all the time.
     
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    Well then, opinion is being reviewed... :)
     
  18. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Ask and ye shall learn. Thanks. ;)

    I'd heard that Airbus was having difficulty marketing these behemoths, but it looks like they've got a significant number of orders, and Singapore Airlines might start flying them this year.
     
  19. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    By comparison, Boeing has 490 firm orders for the 787
     
  20. quagmire macrumors 603

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    Airbus is taking a huge risk with this plane. They delayed the A350 which would compete with the 787. So Boeing will have no competition for awhile against the 787. The 747-8 takes cues from the 787 like the engines, interior, some composite materials, etc. The 747-8 has a new wing design. As impressive as the A380 is, the only magnificent about it is its size. I don't think it will have an impact in the industry as the 747 did. I think it will be an overall failure for Airbus. They might get orders for the plane, but it will take a long time if ever to recoup the costs of development of the plane. Not to mention the possible consequences of delaying other vital planes like the A350. So while Airbus works on the A350, Boeing can work on the 737 replacement.

    PS: Airbus doesn't have anymore freight orders for the A380. UPS and Fedex cancelled their orders.
     
  21. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yikes... quite a difference.

    Hasn't the 747 gone over 1,000 deliveries in the past 35 years? At this rate, how long would Airbus take to get the A380 to the success level of the 747?

    EDIT: 1,380 Boeing 747s have been built as of 2006, according to Wikipedia.
     
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    The 747's success really has to be measured in its life-span. I can't think of another airliner, except for the 737, which existed at the time the first 747s were put in service, and are still being built in some configuration.
     
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    None for British Airways. Quite the surprise. Oh wait, no, this is the same British Airways that didn't want to take Concorde out of service but wouldn't sell them all to Richard Branson if he agreed to work with them to sort out the problems. ****-whits!

    Singapore airlines have 19 on order, now there is a brilliant example of an Airline! Best I've ever been on, and ive done a lot of flying in my humble and so far short life.
     
  25. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    A300s are getting pretty up there in terms of life span aren't they?

    It would have been nice if they'd have kept VC-10s in luxury service.
     

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