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A380: Love at first flight

Passengers all over the world seem to love the Airbus A380. "It's been a hit with air travelers," observed The Wall Street Journal.

92% of 6,000 A380 passengers from more than 180 countries around the globe confirmed it really was "Love at first flight." Like Krishan from England, “Silent, spacious, comfortable, best seat in the sky!". Or Naoto from Japan, who enthused that it was "the kind of flight that leaves only good memories”.

Thai Airways becomes the ninth A380 operator in the world by taking the first of their 6 A380s on order. The first aircraft will be used on its Bangkok-Hong Kong and Bangkok-Singapore routes, starting end of October.  Thai will then operate A380s on its Bangkok-Frankfurt route and starting early 2013, from Bangkok to Tokyo Narita and Paris.

The Airbus A380 carries over one million passengers a month. With more than 100 flights a day, it serves 30 cities around the world.

Read what many others had to say about the world's largest commercial airliner.
Redefining Comfort



The A380's cabin is designed to maximize comfort. Its two full-length decks offer 50% more floor surface than any other high-capacity aircraft. Broader seats. More personal storage. Better headroom. Wider stairs. All in all, more space for every passenger to relax and appreciate the quietest cabin of any airliner currently flying.

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COMPANY PROFILE

Airbus is the leading aircraft manufacturer today offering the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to 500+ seats: the single-aisle A320 Family, including A320neo, the best-selling aircraft in aviation history, the wide-body long-range A330 Family including the freighter and military MRTT, the all-new next generation A350 XWB Family, and the double-deck A380.

Across all its aircraft families, Airbus’ unique approach ensures that aircraft share the highest commonality in airframes, on-board systems, cockpits and handling characteristics. This significantly reduces operating costs for airlines.

Over 11,500 Airbus aircraft have been sold to more than 470 customers and operators worldwide and more than 7,400 of these have been delivered since the company first entered the market in the early seventies.

Airbus recently announced it will establish a manufacturing facility in the United States to assemble and deliver A320 Family aircraft. Located at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, it will be the company’s first U.S.-based production facility. Visit www.airbus.com to learn more.
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Generating Revenue

The Airbus A380 has earned its reputation as the world's greenest long-haul jet. But it's been earning hard dollars at the same time. The moment it entered service, its sheer popularity, combined with the lowest cost per passenger of any large aircraft, has meant more profit, much quicker -- giving its operators a competitive edge in tough times. Simply by introducing A380s on long-haul routes, operators can save millions of dollars a year in cash operating costs while creating thousands of extra seats.

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Airbus in the News
  • Airbus forecasts high demand for aircraft over next 2 decades
    Airbus released a global market forecast that predicts demand for 28,200 passenger and freighter aircraft with more than 100 seats from this year through 2031. Airbus has developed fuel-efficient aircraft such as the A32neo to meet the needs of global airlines. Airbus forecasts that 10,350 older aircraft will be replaced by more fuel-efficient models in the next 20 years. Environmental Leader (9/6)
  • Airbus extends joint venture for assembly plant in China
    Airbus has decided to extend its joint venture for its assembly plant in Tianjin, China, through 2026. Last week, the assembly plant rolled out its 100th A320 jetliner. However, the plant will switch production to the fuel-efficient A320 neo at some point. "All plants will produce neo in the future," said Laurence Barron, president of Airbus China. "We will phase out the current aircraft program when the neo is in full production." China Daily (Beijing) (9/1)
  • Airbus executive describes "perfect flight" for environment
    Andrea Debbane, Airbus vice president of environmental affairs, describes a "perfect flight" in terms of its effect on the environment. "The perfect flight requires the most modern aircraft, flying the most direct route, utilising optimized navigation and operational procedures and using sustainable alternative fuels," Debbane said. FlightGlobal.com (U.K.) (7/10)
  • Airbus to invest $600 million in Ala. assembly plant
    Airbus plans to build an assembly plant in Mobile, Ala., at a projected cost of $600 million. The European aircraft manufacturer plans to hire 1,000 people, and building the plant will also create around 2,500 construction jobs. "It will be a tremendous economic impact for Mobile, the surrounding area and the state," said Carl Moore, the dean of the business school at the University of South Alabama. FoxNews.com/The Associated Press (7/2)
  • Malaysia Airlines aims to become "preferred premium airline"
    Malaysia Airlines is expected to announce a plan by July 1 to become the "preferred premium airline," says the carrier's head of customer experience, Dato' Mohd Salleh Ahmad Tabrani. The airline will use its new Airbus A380 as the launchpad for new operations procedures and services, ranging from cutlery to staff development. The plan will also include details for expanded service in airports and the renovation of its flagship lounge at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The changes come after more than two years of market research. The Sun (Malaysia) (6/22)
  • Russia's Transaero buys 4 Airbus A380s, 6 Sukhoi Superjet 100s
    Transaero, Russia's second-largest carrier behind the state-controlled Aeroflot, has signed deals to buy four Airbus A380s, six Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 midsize jets and the option to acquire 10 more Superjet 100s. The Airbus planes are worth a combined $1.7 billion at list prices, while the six Sukhoi jets come in at $212.4 million. Deliveries for all aircraft are scheduled between 2015 and 2017. Reuters (6/21)
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