Friday, March 15, 2013

PHOTO SPECIAL: Airbus delivers its 100th A380 aircraft to Malaysia Airlines

The 100th Airbus A380 was delivered to Malaysia Airlines
The 100th Airbus A380 was delivered to Malaysia Airlines

Airbus celebrated a milestone delivery in Toulouse this week, as the aircraft manufacturer’s 100th A380 was handed over to Malaysia Airlines.

You’ll find a photo of the special aircraft on this page and I have posted more on my Facebook page – click here to view them.

“We are delighted that our 100th A380 delivery is to Malaysia Airlines as this gives us an early glimpse into the future shape of aviation,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.


“We see a growing demand from dynamic, competitive airlines such as MAS for larger aircraft, with many markets and routes, and in particular in the fast developing Asia-Pacific region, being ideally suited to A380s.”

10 Things You Should Know About The Airbus A380


  1. Now in its sixth year of commercial service, the A380 is flying with nine world class airlines. 
  2. To date, the worldwide fleet has carried some 36 million passengers in 100,000 flights. Previous generation Very Large Aircraft (VLA 400 seats and above) would have required 140,000 flights.
  3. This reduction in flights brings essential relief to airport-congestion and the environment, argues Airbus. The corresponding saving of 5.7 million tonnes of CO2, demonstrates the A380 generates more revenue whilst minimising emissions and noise. 
  4. The A380 fleet performs over 140 flights per day and carries over one and a half million people each month.
  5. Passengers can hop on board one of the A380s which are either taking off or landing every six minutes at one of the 32 international airports where it operates to date.
  6. On top of these, more than 50 other airports are getting prepared to accommodate the A380 and answer the airlines’ need for more A380 destinations.
  7. Over the next 20 years, more than 1,700 VLA such as the A380 will have been delivered. Asia Pacific leads demand (45 percent) for these high capacity aircraft, followed by the Middle East (23 percent) and Europe (19 percent).
  8. Typically seating 525 passengers in three classes, the aircraft is capable of flying 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 kilometres non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment.
  9. Airbus states that the spacious, quiet cabin and smooth ride have made the A380 a firm favourite with passengers, resulting in higher load factors wherever it flies. 
  10. Since 2006 the A380 has registered repeat orders by satisfied customers every year, bringing the total order book to date to 262 from 20 customers. 





16 comments :

  1. Balachandran KrishnanMarch 16, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Hi Robeel, that's great, keeping us updated on the current progress in aviation. Malaysia Airlines use to be ranked as one of the best Asian carriers but due to mis-management has gone down the drain! What a shame!

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  2. Airlines with the better management are posting more than 80% losses. Let's not comment "mis-management" has pushed MH down the drain. One has to see the various factors affecting the operating of an airline. One of the biggest challenge for an airline is the control of direct operating costs ( especially the FUEL) ; No airline in the world has got a control over the fuel pricing. Yes, there are tools available - Hedging, forwards and other treasury options to mitigate and plan for the rising cost of fuel.

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    1. @Abdul - How do you think the carriers like SQ, EK, EY, BA and others can announce profits if they do not have control over their DOC's? Fuel hedging is a part of every day life in airlines now especially with the volatility of fuel pricing. Before you start with the line on subsidies please read the following: http://www.emirates.com/au/english/about/public_affairs/subsidy_myths_facts.aspx
      This is EK's stance. EY has not published their stance that I am aware. Other direct operating costs are controllable if you have a smart procurement/contracting department.

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  3. Fantastic...that's really good news.. its a cause for celebration. For every new aircraft delivered is a plus point for us as passengers cause he or she who travels in it is more safer. Thank you Malaysia Airlines for the investment, for you have the people you fly "In Mind".

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  4. A-380 will continue its excellent service and will have greater positive impact in Aviation History.

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  5. SOMETIMES BACK, I TOLD PEERS AND COLLEAGUES THAT THE A380 WAS GOING TO SURPASS THE 747 SERIES IN ALL ASPECTS, I CAN SEE WE ARE NOT FAR, BRAVO TO ALL TEAMS INVOLVED, CAREFULLY THOUGHT AND APPLIED TECH MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN.

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  6. If you are in love with the equipment, nobody will or can deter you from your Airbus perspective. Boeing do have wonderful workmanship, philosophies and logic where machine, automation and human skills go hand in hand. Cheers !!

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  7. I must be living in a different world. I have no objection to innovation and the wonderful products many design engineers around the world create but let's not forget these things do not come without risk and setbacks. Early production issues i.e. wire bundles were even escalated all the way to French Parliament or recent wing cracks and the escalating costs for both airlines and the manufacturer. So it's not a perfect success story after all, I'm afraid.
    How many more A380's does Airbus need to sell to break even? How many years ROI? Who is paying for it?
    Sorry for being so grumpy! :-)

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  8. Very interesting information Robeel, though we all know its happening but never realise the numbers. My thoughts are that all aircrafts has risk factor in terms of its performance and we have seen initially even 777 had many issues but gradually it is taken care of, hence we must see the positive side to be ready and plan for the future

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  9. Airbus makes more and more improvement... still wondering, how about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner???

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  10. Being "European" I find this good news for Airbus even though the A380 still has a few teething problems that the media always jumps upon. I catered Delta's Airbus A330s ex AMS and they also had their individual problems like any other aircraft. (My one and only minus point with the A380 is it's 'look'. To me it looks like a "Streamlined Antanov"). Sorry Airbus! But good news otherwise. Gentlemen, you have a winner!

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    1. Sorry for what? The "Streamlined Antanov" is a good compliment.

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  11. Personally I enjoy the product but find it hard to justify in harsh economic times.... due to high capex, overheads and lack of flexibility in capacity planning. I think it may have been developed only for the good times?

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  12. Jamal Nasser HusseinMarch 19, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    All the congratulations to Airbus on the occasion of the 100th A380 delivery.

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  13. Syed Hussain SakkafMarch 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Do you have breakdown by airlines for the 100 delivered A380s in service?

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  14. Very nice! The A380 is a successful European story. Your remarks regarding the A380 are welcomed.

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