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Old 1st December 2019, 08:43 PM
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Cruising at Mach 0.83 at a height of 12,000 metres somewhere above India on my way from Dubai to Shanghai flying Emirates’ A380.

Thinking of everyone at Topklasse.
Here is a picture I took a little while ago.


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Old 1st December 2019, 09:10 PM
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The 380 is such a lovely plane - so nice to wander down to the bar for a night cap and a chat. So lovely and smooth like a flying carpet; much nicer than the horrid little things made by Mr Boeing. So kind of you to think of us Michel.
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Old 2nd December 2019, 06:34 AM
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Interesting comparison Brain.... seems it is also so for Cars. Britain and France built the only Supersonic Passenger Plane, whereas the Americans gave up.Having flown in it twice ,it is a lasting memory, especially when climbing like a Jet Fighter on takeoff.
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Old 2nd December 2019, 07:21 AM
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Quite correct Sean. The 380 flies through a storm and you barely feel it. The same in a Boeing Dreamliner and there is food all over the ceiling.
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Old 2nd December 2019, 10:01 AM
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Travel safe Michel.

Yes,
The A380 is a one of a kind, and sadly no more production, nor will it ever be matched.

My wife and I were very lucky to have flown in one many times, under 3 great airlines.

The Rolls-Royce Trent made her an absolute magic carpet just as Brian states.
Amazing bit of kit, and what a match made in heaven, Trent & A380!
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Old 2nd December 2019, 01:39 PM
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P.S. I have been asked was there any sensation of speed as the Concorde went through the sound barrier .. well no, just a bump and then on to Mach 11 according to the Mach Meter in the bulkhead. Pity I did not keep the Tickets or the Menus as they fetch big money today.
Same with my Titanic Tickets from my hometown !!!
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Now that you are in Shanghai,
I would think that most of us here in TK would love to know what the Chinese are up to in the automotive manufacturing business.

Post a few pics when you get the chance.
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Safe travels Michel! Let’s see some interesting pix on your return!
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Unfortunately the consumer will not pay more for the A380 experience, preferring to pay less for the sardine can alternative.

Hence the premature death of the A380.
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Unfortunately the consumer will not pay more for the A380 experience, preferring to pay less for the sardine can alternative.
Hence the premature death of the A380.
I don’t believe this is the reason Bryce.
Rather, it is the demand for direct travel that long haul-capable planes, such as the 787 or the A350 can offer, that is pushing the market away from the hub-based super aircrafts such as the A380 and the 747.
People prefer to take a direct flight to Dallas or Chicago and eventually New York in a non-stop situation rather then hub in and out of Los Angeles.
As a matter of fact Qantas charges a premium for non-stop flights to London out of Perth in a smaller 787 than the huge A380 that has to stop bin Singapore.

Obviously a two-engined, light weight aircraft, such as the 787, uses much less fuel that the bigger four-engined behemoths and this is very attractive to the bean counters at the airline’s headquarters.
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"Obviously a two-engined, light weight aircraft, such as the 787, uses much less fuel that the bigger four-engined behemoths and this is very attractive to the bean counters at the airline’s headquarters."

Not to mention the marketing advantage of signaling the virtue of environmental concerns
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Interestingly, the biggest A380 customer, Emirates, were the first to hand back aircraft as the promised dollar/ seat ratio was never realised.
These guys built dedicated A380 terminals.

I guess there will be some modifications needed now they don’t need 2 deck high aero bridges.

It will be interesting to see how many of these A380 end up doing cargo, as was reported.

787 is extremely fuel efficient using a newer design Rolls-Royce Trent.
The economy was amazing on their recent long haul non stops trips between London, then to Los Angeles.

Sean,
Your amazing stories of your trip on Concorde are great.
Rolls-Royce also provided the engines for her, the Rolls-Royce Olympus.
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I really don't know what is trhe attraction of a non-stop flight to Europe opr the States. I have only ever flown with China Airlines on two occasions (four if you count returns), and the first flight was a four engined A340 (?), whilst on the second occasion it was a twin, and I think it was an A330. Not sure.

What I liked about China Airlines were the stop overs in Taiwan and Abu Dhabi, and then to Vienna direct. Sure enough, they were twenty four hours flights, but the stop overs, especially on my returns from Vienna, enabled me to spend one day, one night in ****hotel, and all day the following day which I utilized to explore Taiwan itself. I used their super efficient fast train that took me from one end of the island to the other (return) at a cost of $A50.00 - a distance of seven hundred kilometers and it reached a speed of 296 km/hour. Absolutely superb. Had I travelled non-stop, none of this would have been possible.......and it was all at a fraction of the non-stop flight cost. That's my story. Regards Styria
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