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Old 22nd September 2010, 19:23   #16
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Nice pics and narration Anoop. Are you still with Satyam?
But must say A380 is a wonderful piece of engineering in modern times.
THanks for the nice facts about A380 but somehow I feel B747 has that appeal atleast looks wise which is unmatchable.

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Old 23rd September 2010, 01:23   #17
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yes very much with Satyam , well now MahindraSatyam !
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Old 23rd September 2010, 05:49   #18
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@ Hellstar - Thanks a ton for uploading pics of one of my most fav aircraft ever. I couldn't say anything more other than the fact that I am waiting for more pics of this great event !
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Old 23rd September 2010, 10:07   #19
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The 380 really looks like 2 planes stacked one over the other. Saw one in Singapore and it was huge.
hellstar, do you have any pictures of the interiors?
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Old 23rd September 2010, 10:19   #20
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without meaning to hijack this thread; am posting a couple of photos that shows the A380 with another plane.
This one is simply too huge.

Flew in this from NYC to Paris in Aug'10.

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+1. Not that we poor minions have a choice in deciding our travel on the basis on aesthetic qualities on an airliner. But I do find that the Boeing makes look better especially from the front. May be because the front section is more raked giving the perception of better aerodynamic profile.

T@hell.star: Fantastic coverage and the pictures rock. I am a bit curious about the number of fasteners they had used on the fuselage. AFAIK, A380 has ~ 25% of its structural weight as carbon fiber composites (CFRP) which by nature should require lesser fasteners. Higher number of fasteners are not
really desirable in Aerospace. Just my humble thoughts.

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I still like the looks of the 747 over the A380. It still carries the "king of the sky" look. That is a great achievement for a 40+ year old aircraft design.
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Old 23rd September 2010, 10:33   #22
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I was fortunate or lucky to be part of the Emirates's first commercial A380 flight from Dubai to Newark. Though I was on the last row because of a very last minute booking, this was one of the best flights I had. Emirates also gifted a cross pen (worth about 8K) and A380 Scaled model and a certificate stating we had the courage to take the maiden flight.
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The 380 really looks like 2 planes stacked one over the other. Saw one in Singapore and it was huge.
hellstar, do you have any pictures of the interiors?
Hmm i have to dig around ... but be assured that the interiors of the A380 are high configurable and will be very diffferent with each of the operators.

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without meaning to hijack this thread; am posting a couple of photos that shows the A380 with another plane.
This one is simply too huge.

Flew in this from NYC to Paris in Aug'10.

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This is one of the four A380s in operation with AIR FRANCE !

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T@hell.star[/email]: Fantastic coverage and the pictures rock. I am a bit curious about the number of fasteners they had used on the fuselage. AFAIK, A380 has ~ 25% of its structural weight as carbon fiber composites (CFRP) which by nature should require lesser fasteners. Higher number of fasteners are not
really desirable in Aerospace. Just my humble thoughts.

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hmm , need to check on that one ..

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I was fortunate or lucky to be part of the Emirates's first commercial A380 flight from Dubai to Newark. Though I was on the last row because of a very last minute booking, this was one of the best flights I had. Emirates also gifted a cross pen (worth about 8K) and A380 Scaled model and a certificate stating we had the courage to take the maiden flight.
Oh yes and you might also have ben witness to the customary welcome water shower welcome !. quite an experinece i must say....
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Awesome Pics! Can we have more please? Some interiors and machinery maybe?

@Jaguar.Runs: I agree - the 747 looks effortlessly classy as compared to the A380
@Joy: As far as I know, the A380 is designed to operate from any airstrip which can handle a 747
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Anoop, thanks for making me feel jealous!
Wonderful pics, and looking forward to more.
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Old 28th September 2010, 20:11   #26
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I am sorry , got caught up with too much of work , so here is the next set of pictures , these are the pictures of the Beluga which is used to transport , aircraft fuselag parts between airbus manufacturing locations.

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Wow!!! Looks like the Beluga will dwarf the A380. Is this a new model or was it in use before the A380?
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The beluga is huge whether on ground or in air. Wonder how it manages to carry the weight with only 2 engines unlike A380 which has 4?
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Anoop! , Thanks for nice pictures and statistic about 380. First time I seeing the pictures of Beluga on net. That was massive.

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The beluga is a smaller aircraft compared to the A380, IIRC while developing A380, Airbus tried to transport the fuselage and other components through Beluga but could not do so. The sheer size of A380 never made this possible. Finally, the parts were shipped through waterway.

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