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Singapore Airlines A380 Reveals a New Look

The business class of the A380 features seats recline into sun-deck positions for a comfortable in-flight entertainment experience as well as full-flat beds | Image courtesy of Singapore Airlines

Porsche Cayenne SUV breaks Guinness World Record by towing an Airbus A380 in Paris

Porsche comes out tops amongst all who have tried. Porsche, one of the greatest sports car makers in automotive history has set a new Guinness World Record. However, it’s got nothing to do with speed or lap times. Instead, a standard specification Porsche Cayenne SUV has just broken the official record for the heaviest aircraft ever towed by a production car.The aircraft in question was an Air France Airbus A380, which tips the scales at 285 tonnes, and the plane was towed 42 meters at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, under the watchful eye of Guinness adjudicator, Pravin Patel.

Richard Payne, a technician at Porsche GB who drove the car for the attempt, said: “It did it—I’m so relieved! We don’t usually go this far to test the limits of our cars but I think today we got pretty close.” In recent years, Jaguar Land Rover has developed a reputation for setting Guinness World Records as a means of highlighting its cars’ capabilities.

The Jaguar XF holds the record for the car-based tightrope walking, and the F-Pace performed the world’s largest-ever loop-the-loop (19.08 meters) when it was unveiled at Frankfurt. The Land Rover Discovery drove across the biggest ever structure built entirely from Lego—a 5 million+ brick replica of London’s Tower Bridge. The Range Rover became the first SUV ever to drive over a bridge built solely from paper when it came to the Guangzhou motor show in November 2015; and in June the Land Rover Discovery Sport towed a 100-tonne train for 10km along a Swiss railway line.

However, an A380 weighs 185 tonnes more than a Swiss three-carriage train and, crucially, 115 tonnes more than the heaviest aircraft towed by a car to date. “I’ve verified some amazing record attempts during my time as a Guinness World Records adjudicator — watching a Porsche Cayenne tow one of the largest aircraft in the world definitely ranks as among the most spectacular,” said Pravin Patel.

When it comes to setting records for weight towed, car companies plump for a diesel due to the greater levels of torque the engine offers, and Porsche is no different, setting the new benchmark with the Cayenne S Diesel. However, it then de-coupled the car from the plane and did the tow again, this time with the gasoline-powered Cayenne Turbo S.

“Our cars can go a bit beyond what our customers might expect—they’re designed to be tough. But even so, what the Cayenne did today was remarkable,” said Payne. “We drove the car here from London—and I plan to drive it home again, having rowed an A380 in between.”

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Prefer Flying A380? Airbus Launches Dedicated Search

Travelers looking to fly long-haul on the Airbus superjumbo can now book tickets directly via a new dedicated online search platform developed by the aircraft’s maker. Why would this be useful? If for example you love Etihad’s suites or the same on Qatar, Emirates or Singapore Airlines, what unites all these excellent options is the Airbus A380 so being able to search for A380-specific flights may help you find the right service.

A survey of passengers arriving at London Heathrow Airport quoted by Airbus reveals that 60% of passengers are willing to put their hand in their pocket to fly on the A380. Some, it seems, are ready to go the extra mile to travel long-haul onboard one of the airliner’s two passenger decks.

Today more than ever, aircraft type is an important factor for travelers booking flights. However, passengers aren’t able to search specifically for tickets on their favorite planes when booking online. Now, thanks to a new travel search engine called iflya380.com, travelers looking specifically to fly on the Airbus A380 can do just that.

The site takes the form of a regular travel search engine for booking flights, but here, only flights operated by A380 aircraft are listed in the results. Thirteen airlines currently operate the Airbus superjumbo, which offers passengers more spacious traveling conditions and a quieter cabin: Emirates Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, Qantas, Air France, Korean Air, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, China Southern Airlines and Asiana Airlines.

The site, launched by Airbus, lets users view and compare the range of onboard services from each carrier. Users search for flights by entering details such as departure and destination airports, dates of travel and preferred class. However, passengers are redirected to the airline’s own page for the final stages of booking.

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Etihad Airways unveils new luxury hotel-style cabins

Etihad Airways residence class bedroom photo

Etihad Airways has raised the bar in luxury travel with the launch of a new three-room apartment that comes with an en-suite shower, double bed and personal butler.

Called ‘The Residence,’ Etihad has transformed part of its A380 upper deck into a luxurious flying hotel suite that offers a trio of compartments including a living room space, bedroom and en-suite bathroom, complete with shower.

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A personal ‘Jeeves,’ trained at the Savoy Butler Academy in London, is also on hand to cater to guest whims, while a concierge team will look after passengers’ travel experience from ground transport to cuisine and amenities.

The Residence living area Etihad A380

One rung down from The Residence is the airline’s First Apartment class, private suites that come with reclining armchairs and full-length beds, as well as a chilled minibar and personal vanity unit and wardrobe. The same concept is also available on the airline’s B787 aircraft, pitched as First Suites.

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Meanwhile Qatar Airways is expected to launch later this month a new all-business class flight from Doha to London that will accommodate 40 passengers on a single-aisle A319.

Etihad cabin The Residence

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Qatar Airways Unveils A380 First Class

Qatar Airways unveiled the cabin interior of its Airbus A380s at the ITB trade fair in Berlin on Wednesday, which features a new first-class product.

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With a customised interior, the new A380s will enter service this year. Thirteen such aircraft have been ordered by the airline.

The new First Class A380 seat features a 90-inch seat pitch, transforming into a fully flat bed, together with entertainment options displayed on individual 19-inch television screens.

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First class passengers will have access to an exclusive lounge on board, and the new cabin will also offer a “dining for two” option in which passengers can sit opposite one another. The Gulf carrier claimed passengers will be able to sit in this position even during take-off.

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Qatar Airways will inaugurate the A380 on services between the brand-new Hamad International airport in Doha and London Heathrow later this year.

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Emirates offers ‘Street View’ of A380 aircraft

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Dubai-based airline Emirates has partnered with global search engine Google to launch the world’s first ‘Street View’ of the double decker A380, the world’s largest commercial jet aircraft.

‘Street View’ is a technology featured in Google apps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world.

“Users can explore online the Emirates A380’s luxurious first class private suites, expansive business class cabin, on-board lounges, shower spas, cockpit and more on ‘Street View’ now.”

The airbus, with a wingspan of 79.8 metres, is known as the world’s most-fuel efficient jet in its class. It can carry 517 passengers and stream across 15,000km in a single journey.

Click this link to Google Maps and then click on the image of the plane, at the left of the screen.

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Shisha Lounges Onboard Emirates A380 Fleet

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A story published Wednesday, May 15, about Emirates airline launching an onboard shisha lounge was incorrect and based on erroneous information. Emirates has no plans to do so. Luxuo regrets the error.

Premium passengers traveling on Dubai-based airline Emirates will be exempt from the no-smoking policy starting next month, when the carrier debuts a shisha lounge on select jumbo jets.

The new service is set to debut on the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft and will be offered to Emirates’ business and first-class passengers.

Passengers can pre-order a shisha — also known as a waterpipe, hubble-bubble, hookah or narghile — from the onboard menu and retire to the lounge for a post-meal smoke beginning in June.

Waterpipes could loosely be described as the Middle Eastern version of the post-dinner cigar, passing flavored tobacco through bubbled water which is then smoked through a pipe and hose.

Emirates says it’s introducing the Signature Shisha Lounge to enrich the flying experience for Middle Eastern passengers, but also to introduce the Arabian custom to foreigners.

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British Airways to start A380 service to LA in October

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British Airways airline is now taking bookings for its first superjumbo Airbus A380 flight, which will travel from London to Los Angeles on October 15.

From November, a second superjumbo Airbus will be flying to Hong Kong. The airline has also started taking bookings for this flight.

Return bookings for the London-Los Angeles flight start at €632 for Economy and go up to €2,796 for Business Class. The London-Hong Kong route will be launched on November 15. A return trip will set passengers back €614 in Economy and up to €2,087 in Business Class.

The British Airways A380 will be able to carry 469 passengers including 14 in First Class and 97 in Business Class. A Superior Economy Class (55 seats) will also be available.

These two new aircrafts mean that the British airline is the ninth in the world to use the Airbus A380. Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Air France, Lufthansa, Qantas, Korean Air, China Southern and more recently, Malaysian Airlines are the privileged few to use the superjumbo Airbus.

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Prince Alwaleed sells A380 flying palace

Airbus A380 prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, ranked #29 on the list of global billionaires by Forbes magazine, has sold off his Airbus A380 jet plane, according to media reports.

Prince Alwaleed, whose net worth in March 2012 was estimated at $18 billion, ordered the A380 way back in 2007, and had ordered multi-million-dollar customisations to it, which made the media dub his aircraft as ‘the flying palace’.

The 57-year-old used the proceeds from the sale to expand his investments in Saudi Arabia and the greater Middle East, Sanbar said in an e-mail.

Alwaleed’s fortune has surged $8.5 billion since April 2012 as Kingdom shares have almost doubled in value. The diversified investment company, which controls stakes in Citigroup, News Corporation and the George V hotel in Paris, accounts for more than two-thirds of Alwaleed’s net worth.

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Malaysia Airlines joins A380 club

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380

Malaysia Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380, becoming the eighth airline in the world to operate the superjumbo.

The plane, set to go into service July 2, will fly a non-stop route between Kuala Lumpur and London Heathrow and will be among a total of six A380s planned to be flown by the airline.

It includes economy seats on both decks, along with lie-flat first class seats on the lower deck and lie-flat business class seats on the upper deck.
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A Private Jet With Space for Both the Rolls-Royces

Airbus A380 prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Airbus is about to deliver a luxury double decker A380 to the Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, a major investor in Citigroup.

Ordered in 2007, it will be the most expensive personal jet, with a final price well in excess of $500 million, including the cost of outfitting it with one-of-a kind amenities.
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Qantas A380 first class

Qantas A380 First Class Suite

Qantas A380 Social area

The first class cabin of Qantas’s A380 super-jumbos, designed by Marc Newson, looks astonishingly like the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek, reports Daily Mail.

The interior includes LCD touch panels, leather seating, plants, sheepskin-covered full-length beds and more than 1,000 videos to choose from.

Each berth even has a dresser for storing clothes – naturally, pyjamas are provided and there are just 14 berths in the whole cabin.
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Emirates hooks up A380 planes to wi-fi

WIFI on Board

Middle Eastern airline Emirates has announced the launch of wireless internet access on board its fleet of flagship super-jumbo A380 aircraft.

Customers flying the massive planes, which operate between Dubai and destinations such as Paris and London, will now be able to use wifi-enabled devices on selected routes, Emirates confirmed December 12.

Eleven of the airline’s 19 planes have now been kitted out with the technology, with the remainder of the fleet following suit in the coming months.
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Korean Air A380 superjumbo

Inside Korean Air’s new Airbus A380

Korean Air A380 superjumbo

Korean Air is to inaugurate its new A380 “superjumbo” on a route between New York City and Seoul this week.

The airline, which is the seventh in the world to fly the enormous Airbus aircraft, will wave off the first A380 flight from New York across the Pacific Ocean on August 9, launching what it describes as a “new age of air travel.”

It will be the first A380 service between Asia and New York, carrying some 407 passengers — considerably less than the 525 that the A380 is capable of.
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Korean Air and Absolut launch A380 collaboration

Korean Air Absolut celestial bar

Absolut Vodka has teamed up with Korean Air in a deal that will see the unit launch Absolut bars on ten of the airline’s new Airbus A380s.

The onboard ‘Celestial Bars’ – two in Business Class and one in First Class – will also feature duty free Absolut products to purchase.

The first Korean Air Airbus A380 took off on 17 June. The next four will be delivered by the end of 2011 and an additional five by 2014.
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Malaysia Airlines: No Babies in First Class

Airline baby ban

Malaysia Airlines has become the first major airline to ban babies from the first-class cabins on its aircraft, and will extend the ban on the A380 super jumbo.

The airline’s CEO Tengku Azmil said the airline’s forthcoming A380 would not have bassinets, the in-flight cribs required for babies to fly in, installed.

Parents who wish to fly with Malaysia Airlines’ current fleet are restricted to the business and economy cabins, which do have bassinets available.
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Emirates launches promotion with Montblanc

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Emirates Airline and Montblanc have jointly launched a major inflight retail promotion offering passengers the opportunity to become the ‘Emirates A380 VIP’.

During the promotional period, which runs from January to June, any passenger who purchases a Montblanc Starwalker A380 fineliner writing instrument on board can enter a free draw to win a limited edition Montblanc Skeleton A380 pen.

This is crafted from 18k solid white gold and platinum-plated fittings, with 16 diamonds on the cap ring plus a further 12 on the cone and crown.
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Korean Air announces unique business class on A380

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Korean Air is to introduce a new two-story A380 aircraft that features only Business Class seats on the second floor in May.

The 407-seat aircraft, built in partnership with Airbus, will be composed of 12 First Class, 94 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats.

Korean Air says this deck will have 94 lie-flat sleeper seats, with 74in pitch. This will give business passengers a sense of “exclusivity”
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Boeing to debut 787 Dreamliner at Farnborough

Members of the public will be able to see the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the first time at next week’s Farnborough Air Show, the firm has announced.

The new Dreamliner, set to go into service later this year, will be presented alongside its rival Airbus’s A380 superjumbo at the show, which runs July 19 – 25.

It will be the official debut of the Boeing 787 with scheduled tours offered by Boeing to trade visitors on July 19 and 20.
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