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Billy_BigBoy
10-24-2007, 02:00 PM
4 Hours to go, and the Airbus 380 will finaly lift off for its first comercial flight. Tickets range from a "cheap" $560 to a "expensive" $100,380.
Anyway, a new step in airtravel has made.

slo_1_2_3
10-24-2007, 02:04 PM
WHAT?!$100,380.

BrotherVoodoo
10-24-2007, 02:43 PM
WHAT?!$100,380.

I booked in advance... Only $78,267 LOL

MrMojok
10-24-2007, 02:52 PM
for 100 grand, they better have massage parlors, dancing girls, casinos, and an Oscar-style gift basket.

Billy_BigBoy
10-24-2007, 02:55 PM
Noop, but I'm being told there is a bunch of cheerleaders serving the drinks http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Widowmaker214
10-24-2007, 02:56 PM
for 100k you better get to FLY the thing!

MEGILE
10-24-2007, 03:20 PM
The A380 is uberĀ³.

Billy_BigBoy
10-24-2007, 03:23 PM
Originally posted by Megile:
The A380 is uberĀ³.

Does that mean it is BIG?? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

MEGILE
10-24-2007, 03:36 PM
Bigger than a Cessna 172 they tell me.

XyZspineZyX
10-24-2007, 03:36 PM
What makes the flight worth the dough?

Korolov1986
10-24-2007, 05:51 PM
$100k is enough to buy you your own airplane.

$560 is enough to buy you a decent PC upgrade to simulate flying combat aircraft.

leitmotiv
10-24-2007, 06:18 PM
For that kind of money I'd go First Class on the QE2 and relax. The idea of an even bigger aerial cattle car (unless you are up front) leaves me ice cold.

heywooood
10-24-2007, 07:08 PM
oldfashioned tubeliner tickets - seen one bus seen 'em all...lol $100,000 HBO movie with stale pretsels and lost luggage same as any 737

take your time, see the country, ride the train

Airmail109
10-24-2007, 07:21 PM
For that kind of money I could visit every Capital in the developed world and stay at a Ritz Hotel for several nights in each city, whilst traveling first class by train.

crucislancer
10-24-2007, 07:26 PM
Originally posted by Aimail101:
For that kind of money I could visit every Capital in the developed world and stay at a Ritz Hotel for several nights in each city, whilst traveling first class by train.

And that would be my choice. I wouldn't pay $560 to fly 1st class on a 747. Ridiculous.

mortoma
10-24-2007, 07:31 PM
Originally posted by Billy_BigBoy:
4 Hours to go, and the Airbus 380 will finaly lift off for its first comercial flight. Tickets range from a "cheap" $560 to a "expensive" $100,380.
Anyway, a new step in airtravel has made. Nothing new aobut that style of travel. The old seaplanes used to have sleeping cabins and the like. Just took a while longer to fly overseas is all.

WTE_Googly
10-24-2007, 08:38 PM
LOL airbus.......

Yeah I'm a hater :P

ImpStarDuece
10-24-2007, 09:28 PM
First A380 commercial flight is a charity raising exercise by Singapore Airlines. Some internet millionaire paid 100,000 odd for seat A1 (actually a 'suit' with sliding doors and a fold out bed that could sleep two people http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif )

Singapore-Sydney is an odd choice of route for the first flight by SIA, but I'm not complaining. It will fly past my office window at about 4.30 this afternoon. Singapore-London services start in a few months.

EADS has their office next to our little aviation consultancy, so guess who gets to go over and have cheese and wine with the French tonight?

I've already had the pleasure of having a flight on one of the big birds (media flight around Sydney earlier this year), and it feels suprisingly small inside, due to the internal architecture breaking it up more than, say, an A340, B747 or B777. Its VERY quiet as well, much more so than even one of the new 777-200LR/300ERs.

It will be interesting to see if Airbus can make some money out of it. Break even for the type is at about 420 airframes, and there are only about 180 or so on firm order. I have the feeling that once carriers like Singapore, Emirates, Lufthansa, Air France-KLM have a few each in service, there will be a major round of orders from second tier carriers scrambling for a B747 replacement (not that the 777/330 doesn't really already fulfill that need).

Bewolf
10-25-2007, 02:34 AM
It is interesting that the US obviously always seem to think of Airbus beeing french, while in fact it is british, spanish, german and french, with Germany and France having most, but equal holdings on it. Must be because the french, as usual, are the most vocal ones. Same with EADS as a whole.

mauld
10-25-2007, 05:48 AM
Tickets for the first commercial flight were sold at a carity auction hence the 100K price for a seat. this does not reflect the commercial cost of a seat wich sould be cheaper than normal airliners.

Bremspropeller
10-25-2007, 11:32 AM
Nothing new aobut that style of travel. The old seaplanes used to have sleeping cabins and the like. Just took a while longer to fly overseas is all.

Disagree, you get more people to a place much farther away, in a much shorter time.

Travelling through more timezones in a shorter time makes a certain amount of luxury neccessary.

Back then, seaplanes had to compete with ocean-liners. Therefore the high price of the ticket had to fulfill you some standard in terms of service.
Today, with air-travel being an ever-growing industry and a mean of mass-transportation, the return to the seaplanes' luxury standards is something special.

Luxury has a weight btw. The extra weight has to pay-off. Think about it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

PhantomKira
09-03-2008, 11:56 PM
Airbus. Airborne cattle car. Hmmm, they sound alike, don't they? (Where's a Boeing when you need one?)

As for paying for first class; why? First class or coach, you'll get there at the same time. Who cares?

Aaron_GT
09-04-2008, 01:25 AM
For that kind of money I'd go First Class on the QE2 and relax.

I thought the QE2 had been retired and was being turned into a floating hotel? If so you could have a long stay for 100k!

Stingray333
09-04-2008, 01:29 AM
Originally posted by Billy_BigBoy:
4 Hours to go, and the Airbus 380 will finaly lift off for its first comercial flight. Tickets range from a "cheap" $560 to a "expensive" $100,380.
Anyway, a new step in airtravel has made.

Is that return?

DuxCorvan
09-04-2008, 02:22 AM
Originally posted by PhantomKira:
Airbus. Airborne cattle car. Hmmm, they sound alike, don't they? (Where's a Boeing when you need one?)

Boeing sounds like something rebounding on the ground. You know, "boing, boing, boing!"

WOLFMondo
09-04-2008, 02:47 AM
Originally posted by Korolov1986:

$560 is enough to buy you a decent PC upgrade to simulate flying combat aircraft.


$560 is about what it costs one way from the UK to the US. Flying ain't cheap!

Kettenhunde
09-04-2008, 05:27 AM
I am an EADS/Socata Owner. There customer service is fantastic.


It is interesting that the US obviously always seem to think of Airbus beeing french, while in fact it is british, spanish, german and french, with Germany and France having most, but equal holdings on it. Must be because the french, as usual, are the most vocal ones. Same with EADS as a whole.


My mechanic calls it the "Euro-Mutt". He says all the good engineering is German, toughness British, and Good looks and style comes from the French / Spainish.

He also blames any crap engineering on the French too. Everytime he encounters some annoyance when working on it, I hear about the "F--king French".

His ex-wife is French, btw.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

All the best,

Crumpp

Blottogg
09-05-2008, 09:58 AM
Kettenhunde, that reminds me of the old joke about the preconceptions of Europeans. In a perfect world, you'd have:

- An English butler
- A French chef
- A German mechanic
- A Swiss accountant
- An Italian lover

In an imperfect world, you'd have:

- An English chef
- A French mechanic
- A German butler
- A Swiss lover
- An Italian accountant

Fortunately it sounds like your Socata is much more the former than the latter. The lack of bad press about the 380 tells me that they've got most of its teething problems solved, too. As they ramp up the production rate, no news is good news.

SeaFireLIV
09-05-2008, 10:07 AM
I don`t think much of these kind of things at all. What`s the capacity? 800 passengers economy class? Aound 500 otherwise?

It`s like building a whopping great tower that house far too many people then saying how `smart` it is. Until it catches fire.

Disaster waiting to happen. Mark my words.

It`s just money that pushes this, not safety or civilian concern.

jarink
09-05-2008, 10:24 AM
Airborne cattle cars? Trains?

What someone really needs to do is make helium filled Zeppelins. Best of both worlds.

Kettenhunde
09-05-2008, 11:23 AM
In a perfect world, you'd have:


That's funny.

It lines up perfectly with my airplane.

EADS is without a doubt a top notch design firm.

All the best,

Crumpp

buzzsaw1939
09-05-2008, 11:44 AM
Anybody remember the Titanic?