New A380 from Airbus takes to the skies...

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11. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I like the whole idea of the double decker plane. It will make a worthy rival to the boeings. I am curious.. who be the first to have a solar power passenger plane!?? U know a hybrid.


12. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Boeing will be mighty upset if it corners the 'short-haul' market, as the Dreamliner is designed to fly much further than the A380!
The basic operational difference between the two planes is that the Airbus flies lots of people, but only into the major 'hubs' that will spend money on adding the required facilities. They will still have to change planes to get to a slightly smaller airport, or one that simply won't make the investment. It could be dead in the water if this doesn't happen - much like Concorde was as soon as America banned it from overflying. We would all now be flying on concordes if that hadn't happened, and that was undoubtedly Boeing's doing. What if Boeing persuades all the USA airports not to make this investment, in the interests of American business? Branson could be stuck with a fleet of Spruce Geese, which would probably take him under.

The Dreamliner however, is designed to fly further, and into smaller airports, requiring no new facilities and - crucially - no change of planes.
For that reason alone, I have a strong suspicion it will do very well. And as an englishman that once applied to work at the factory that makes Airbus wings, that's hard for me to say. But these days it's about convenience and who wins the marketing war.

Re:Parachutes. The very first flight of the very first airbus twenty-odd years ago ended in disaster. The plane's computer 'assumed' that the low pass the pilot was making over the runway (showing off, basically) was a landing manouevre, and automatically landed the plane.
In a forest. Killing all four on board.
Mind you, parachutes don't work below about 400 feet, so they wouldn't have been any use.

13. Posted by Clanger (Full Member 201 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Ive actually been inside this plane, upstairs and downstairs a fair while ago. My ex is a technician for Virgin Atlantic and on one of their open days I had the chance to explore this new plane and sit on the seats and play with the gadgets. Very nice!

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