In December 2014, I had the chance to travel to New Delhi, India, to attend the Star Alliance meeting. As part of that event, I was encouraged to fly on Star Alliance carriers. The shot below is one I took of the Lufthansa Airbus A380 I flew from New Delhi to Frankfurt. Enjoy!
File this under “I love my job.” I had the chance to zip out to Washington Dulles International Airport to see British Airways bring its first Airbust A380 jumbo jet for new service from London Heathrow. I took a ton of photos, but the one below is of the A380 at the gate right before we were allowed aboard to check it out. Enjoy!
Last week, I got the chance to attend the landing of the inaugural British Airways’ Airbus A380 flight from London Heathrow Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport. We had a chance to get on the aircraft, and I took a pile of photos. Below is one I took of the economy class cabin on the upper deck. Enjoy!
British Airways lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport. Photo courtesy of British Airways.
I had the chance to hang out at Washington Dulles International Airport on Oct. 2 for the start of new service to London on British Airways. The UK’s flag carrier will fly the new service with the gigantic Airbus A380 double-decker aircraft. Below are 10 interesting facts you may not know about all classes of service on the aircraft. Enjoy!
1. The aircraft has 18 lavatories. The two in first class are bigger than my first apartment (not really, but almost). 2. First class passengers not only have a large overhead bin, but they have a closet that fits a roller bag and a suit jacket or coat, and there’s a storage drawer for things like glasses or electronic devices.
3. Passengers sitting in the window seat in economy on the upper deck have a locker against the fuselage that offers extra storage space. 4. Seats in all classes have USB ports and universal sockets to keep electronic devices powered.
5. The inflight entertainment system includes more than 1,600 hours of movie and television programing from around the world, along with more than 550 audio albums and 225 radio shows and a range of audio books.
6. Passengers can play games against fellow travelers and do in-seat chats.
7. The World Traveler Plus premium economy seat offers 38-inch pitch, a footrest, increased recline position, hammock headrest and a cocktail table.
8. Even coach passengers get to eat, with a three-course meal, an open free bar and bar snacks. 9. You can watch the global sensation television show, Norway’s “The Seven Hour Train Journey to Oslo.”
10. The A380 is very quiet when it lands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQQNSAD8GgA
First, an apology. For some reason, Friday’s Strange But True Aviation News didn’t post (despite me writing it) thanks to some glitch I’m still trying to figure out. I’ll work out the kinks, and we’ll have it on Friday. Now, onto the news!
- Guy Norris of Aviation Week blogged about an uncontained engine failure on a Delta Air Lines Boeing 747 flying from Detroit to Tokyo. His Things with Wings post contains some dramatic pictures of the engine after the failure.
- I really enjoyed this CNN story — Nerve-racking ‘go-arounds’ routine for pilots — for two reasons. One, it’s a great primer on what happens when a plane has to do a go-around. Two, it was written by Brett “Cranky Flier” Snyder, and quotes my friend Mark Rogers.
- Speaking of Mark, I thought of him when I read this story — O’Hare Worker Hurt in Baggage Incident — on the NBC Chicago website. The story is about how an industrial battery packed in checked luggage on a United Airlines flight from Lafayette, La., that stopped at Chicago O’Hare where the accident happened. Mark has done a lot of work on this particular issue.
- When Airbus announced back in December 2000 that it was launching the A380 double-decker jumbo jet, I remember hearing all kinds of possibilities for the plane, from bowling alleys (not yet) to showers (see Emirates). The Airbus website says the jumbo jet can “seat 525 passengers in a comfortable three-class configuration, and up to 853 in a single-class configuration.” Transero isn’t quite at 853 seats, but says it will put in 700 seats on its recently ordered A380s, reports Reuters.
- We’ve all done it (unless we fly Southwest Airlines) — start flocking toward the jetway when the gate agent announces boarding for a flight. We wait anxiously as they call the premium passengers, folks needed assistance, families with small children and travelers seated in exit rows. Then we make the mad dash onto the plane to get that valuable overhead bin space. The New York Times has an article about what airlines are doing to tame the boarding process. I, for one, am happy to pay a fee that allows me to board early in the process.
In other news, I’m now doing freelance work for Aviation International News, so please go over and check out what I’m doing. Again, I’m still trying to catch up on my Airplane Geek podcast episodes, and I really enjoyed Episode 170 — GE Aviation Looks to the Future.
Finally, I’ll leave you with a question. JetBlue recently got a rare PR black eye after stranding passengers for seven hours on a plane parked at Hartford, Conn.’s Bradley International Airport. Below is a 1:18-minute video from COO Rob Maruster on the incident. Was it enough or should the airline have done more? See my poll, below.