Archive for July, 2008

First Airbus A380 Delivered to Emirates Airlines

First Airbus A380 delivery to Emirates Airlines (c by Airbus)
First Airbus A380 delivery to Emirates Airlines (c by Airbus)

The first of many Airbus A380 SuperJumbos has been delivered to Emirates a few minutes ago. Emirates will start flying this aircraft to New York in just a few days (see our earlier post) and will receive many more in the coming years. Currently Emirates has 58 Airbus A380’s on order, which is by far the largest order from any airlines of the world for this type of Aircraft.

The first Emirates A380 has the following seating arrangement:

Besides all the brand new seats across the three classes, and the first class suites equipped with electrically assisted sliding doors and massaging, full lie-flat beds (seats), the A380 will have very impressive commons areas, such as a lounge bar at the rear-of the upper deck (where First and Business class seats are located) and a luxury-hotel like bathroom in First class (with two showers available). The “Shower Spas” can be attended upon contacting the purser to make an appointment. The dedicated Shower assistants will prepare the Shower Spa prior to each appointment! Even though the bar has been planned before, the Showers seem like a brand new (and very nice) idea!

Emirates A380 Bar (c by Airbus)

Emirates A380 Bar (c by Airbus)

Detail of Emirates First Class Lavatory (c by Airbus)

Detail of Emirates First Class Lavatory (c by Airbus)

 

Shower on the Emirates A380 (c by Emirates)

Shower on the Emirates A380 (c by Emirates)

The Emirates A380 is the first to use the GP7200 engines (Singapore Airlines – the so far only operator of the superjumbo – has been using Rolls Royce power).

The plane will be flying the inaugural flight between Dubai and New York JFK on August 1 and 2, while it will enroll into normal service starting August 8, 2008. Emirates expects to receive 4 more of the aircraft this year.

by balint01

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Videos From The Qantas Flight During Emergency Landing

The following videos were taken by passengers travelling on the Qantas flight that needed to make an emergency landing shortly after a hole appeared on the body of the aircraft.

There are speculations circling around about a possible bomb in the suitcases. The following videos are very unique and I am sure it was very shocking for all passengers on board, so special respect for those who had the courage to take videos in this situation.

By Szafi

Qantas Boeing Emergency Landing Due To Hole On The Plane’s Body

A passenger plane en route from London to Melbourne has made an emergency landing in the Philippines after a large hole appeared in its fuselage.

Qantas Airways said its Boeing 747-400, with 346 passengers and 19 crew, diverted to Manila shortly after leaving Hong Kong and landed safely.

Engineers are investigating what caused the hole – about 2.5m to 3m in diameter – that led to cabin pressure problems.

Raed full article on BBC Online.

By Szafi

Beautiful Plane Pictures

A friend of mine, Viktor Laszlo is an aviation photographer. He published quite many pictures in airliners.net as well. The following pictures were taken by him today at Budapest Airport following some rain when a huge rainbow appeared in the sky. I just love these pictures. Enjoy them.

Beautiful plane photo

Lufthansa Regional jet

Beautiful plane photo

Brussels Airlines

Beautiful plane photo

Brussels Airlines

Beautiful plane photo

Air Berlin

Over the rainbow

Over the rainbow

By Szafi

Friday Fun – Elbonian Airlines

I guess you all know Scott Adams’ famous cartoon Dilbert. For those who have not heard about it yet, Dilbert is a typical office clerk working in a typical cubicle, having a typical idiot boss, typical weirdo colleagues, a typical evil HR manager (Catbert) and very much non-typical friend, Dogbert.

The company Dilbert works for has a factory in a place called Elbonia. (Ah, no, it has nothing to do with Albania at all – or does it?)

Anyway, Elbonia is a weird place and while Dilbert and 2 of his colleagues are sent there for a study tour in their overseas factory, their boss joins them during his vacation, which was the idea of his loving secretary.

They all fly Elbonian Airlines. Dilbert’s team flies first class, while the bioss travels on economy. What is so special in it? Well, let me quote the trash man who talks to Dogbert about the chances of Dilbert going to Elbonia and getting back alive:

Oh, well, let’s say 73 to 1. 90 to 1 if he flies Elbonian Airlines, 300 to 1 if he uses the toilet on the plane.

Here is the full cartoon video, enjoy it. 🙂

Part 1

Part 2

Part3

(P.S: I worked for Albanian Airlines as a consultant, no, trust me, it has nothing to do with Elbonian Airlines)

By Szafi

Mikrokopter mania

A friend of mine showed me his new toy last week. The new thingie was a so called “mikrokopter”. It is basically a classic unidentified flying object. 🙂 It is a flying cross with four rotors on the four ends of this cross. It is radio controlled. So far I have not written anything extra. It could have been a definition of any radio controlled models.

But this is something special. First of all it is equipped with very high tech navigational stuff like GPS, altimeter or speedometer. Thus it can be navigated very precisely. Besides that mikrokopter fans usually put high quality cameras on the top of it and they can follow the route of the flying mikrokopter with the help of video glasses, so they can have the feeling of real flying. (See the below videos)

Mikrokopters look the best when they are flown in dark. They are usually equipped with different color lights, which truely gives them a UFO oufit. The following videos show the mikrokopters in action.

By Szafi

Cloud types

It is always fun to watch the variations of cloud shapes when looking out of the plane’s window. The following article helps you to understand them and be able to look at them from a scientific point of view.

First let’s take a look at a very useful drawing on pacificislandtravel.com:

Cloud shapes and types

Cloud shapes and types

As you can see clouds can be found even 10 kms above the ground. Let’s go through the very typical ones you will necessarily meet during your flights.

Cumulus and cumulonimbus

The most common cloud shape. Normally it is not a harmful cloud type, but it can easily develop into cumulonimbus and result stormy weather. If you see these kind of clouds in the sky, it is the best time for gliding.

The following pictures show cumulus clouds from below and above.

Cumulus

Cumulus

Cumulus

Cumulus

Cumulus

Cumulus

Stratus

Stratus clouds are thin, soft clouds. The thinner ones never bring any rain, but they can evolve into nimbostratuses that shower us with that so called “light rain”. Stratus clouds may appear on lower and higher levels of the athmoshphere.

Here are some pictures of stratus clouds.

Stratus clouds

Stratus clouds

Upper and lower level stratus

Upper and lower level stratus

Stratus clouds over Moscow

Stratus clouds over Moscow

Cirrus

Cirrus clouds can always be found on higher levels. They are those curtain-like soft clouds that sometimes appear to be nothing else but the gas coming out of airoplanes. 🙂 But they are clouds.

The following pictures present cirrus clouds.

Cirrus clouds

Cirrus clouds

Cirrus clouds + plane gas

Cirrus clouds + plane gas

Variations

Normally these cloud types don’t appear only by themselves. The sky is often painted by a variations of different clouds. Here are some examples.

Stratus with a cumulonimbus

Stratus with a cumulonimbus

Stratus and cumulus clouds

Stratus and cumulus clouds

Cumulus and stratus clouds

Cumulus and stratus clouds

I hope you will enjoy cloud watching even more the next time you’ll fly.

By Szafi


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