The A380 fuel-efficient aircraft has to have a dynamic presence at this year’s international aviation and space salon MAKS 2013, as Airbus wants to challenge potential Russian customers for selling the aircraft:
The A380, the most advanced, spacious and fuel-efficient passenger aircraft in service, will delight the Russian aviation industry being a star attraction at the international aviation and space salon MAKS for the second time. MAKS takes place from August 27th to September 1st 2013 in Zhukovsky, Moscow. One of Airbus’ two flight test A380’s, MSN4, will be on static and flying display during the entire show. “The A380’s debut at MAKS-2011 was extremely successful, so we are very pleased to show this remarkable aircraft to the Russian audience again this year. The A380 is a product of international cooperation with a substantial endorsement from Russian industry. On the commercial front, Transaero Airlines signed a firm contract for four A380s, and we look forward to seeing the aircraft flying in the Russian carrier’s colours ,” highlighted Christopher Buckley, Airbus Executive Vice President, Europe, Asia and Pacific. Powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines and equipped with sophisticated flight test instrumentation, MSN4 is used for testing the latest product developments. Since the A380’s entry into service in 2007, the aircraft has joined the fleets of ten world class carriers. The aircraft is capable of flying up to 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 kilometres non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment. The spacious, quiet cabin and smooth ride have made the aircraft, a firm favourite with both airlines and passengers, resulting in higher load factors wherever it flies. The total A380 fleet has accumulated nearly one million flight hours in over 110,000 flights. To date some 40 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique experience of flying on board an aircraft. Every five minutes, an airplane either takes off or lands at one of the 30 airports where it operates today and the network is constantly growing.
On the other hand, British Airways is to fly with A380 aircraft to Johannesburg from February 12th, 2014:
British Airways’ latest announcement: Customers can now book onto the A380 to fly to Johannesburg from February 12th, 2014. A380 enthusiasts eager to be on the very first A380 flight to Johannesburg should note that the date for the inaugural flight is likely to be earlier and will be announced in due course. The airline will initially operate three aircraft services a week to South Africa’s financial capital. This will increase from March 10th, 2014 to six flights per week. These flights will be part of the airline’s normal schedule to Johannesburg. The airline’s A380, which begins flying five times a week to Los Angeles from September 24th, 2013 will also increase to start double daily flights to Hollywood from April 10th, 2014. The aircraft is due to begin flying daily to Hong Kong from October 22nd, 2013.
On July 4, 2013, British Airways debuted the future of its fleet by making a rare, if not unprecedented move. Two new airliners, the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 were introduced simultaneously at a special ceremony for media and dignitaries at London’s Heathrow Airport. Not only are both aircraft being delivered and unveiled at the same time, but British Airways will be the first airline to operate and take delivery of both the A380 and 787 in a single fleet. These 2 aircraft mark the beginning of a $7.5 billion fleet renewal by BA over the next 5 years. Airchive was invited to London by British Airways to document this incredibly unique occasion, being among the first members of the public to view the interiors of these aircraft.
Finally, global competition in the field of global aviation aircraft has a dynamic character itself with A380 and Boeing 787 to have the main roles.