Posts Tagged ‘Airbus A380’


[Daily Mail] We may have all experienced turbulence on flights, but when a rough patch is so bad that the ceiling ends up covered in coffee then you know it’s serious.

Meals ended up in aisles and coffee on the ceiling after plane lost altitude. Picture Daily Mail / Alan Cross

Meals ended up in aisles & coffee on the ceiling after plane lost altitude. Picture Daily Mail / Alan Cross

Passengers on a recent Singapore Airlines flight were left surrounded by a chaotic mess after their flight fell 20 metres when it hit severe turbulence. A total of 11 passengers and one crew member were injured on flight SQ308 from Singapore to London last Sunday.

Flight attendants were told to immediately take their seats just before the aircraft hit the turbulence

Flight attendants were told to immediately take their seats just before the aircraft hit the turbulence. Picture: Daily Mail / Alan Cross

One passenger on the flight, who saw his coffee end up on the ceiling, managed to take pictures of the destruction which he posted to Instagram.

Alan Cross told ABC News that passengers had been warned to expect turbulence and that the breakfast service would be temporarily suspended.

A short while after the seat belt sign came on, the captain issued an abrupt order for all flight attendants to take their seats immediately.

Coffee can be seen on the ceiling of the Singapore to Heathrow flight following the turbulence.

Coffee can be seen on the ceiling of the Singapore to Heathrow flight following the turbulence. Picture Daily Mail / Alan Cross

Mr Cross said the subsequent turbulence felt ‘like being in an elevator with a cut cable or free-falling from some amusement park ride.’

He said everything that was not tied down, including people, hit the ceiling.

The airline told The Australian: ‘Eleven passengers and one crew member sustained minor injuries when the aircraft experienced a sudden loss of altitude and were attended to by medical personnel on arrival at Heathrow Airport.

Seat-belt signs were on at the time and meal services had already been suspended.’ ……

Read the whole story with more pictures and video at The Mail Online …..


The Mail Online
4th June, 2013


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[Mirror] British Airways has announced its first superjumbo Airbus A380 will fly on the celebs’ favourite Heathrow to Los Angeles service from October 15.

Tickets for the 469-passenger double decker jet are now on sale at earlybird rates

Tickets for the 469-passenger double decker jet are now on sale at earlybird rates. Photo: CA Aviation

Tickets for the 469-passenger double decker jet – due to be delivered in July – are now on sale at earlybird rates starting at £499 return in economy with business returns at £3,800 for two people.

Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, said: “This will be a very special premiere. The A380 is a great aircraft that has been developed with huge amounts of British engineering ingenuity. London and Los Angeles are two world-leading cities, and we are proud to be the first airline to connect them with the A380.”

The second A380 route will be to Hong Kong from November 15, 2013.

Prices start from £559 return in economy.

London-based actress Gemma Arterton said: “Working in film means that I spend a lot of time travelling around the world, often to…..

Read the full story at The Mirror…..


Mirror
5th Mar, 2013



[London Evening Standard] Flooded with light under the sweeping arc of its huge roof, Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 begins to take shape. The £2.5 billion structure, which airport bosses hope will transform travellers’ experience, is expected to be completed next year, with the first passengers using it in 2014.

Construction work continues on the new terminal.  Picture: Glenn Copus /  Evening Standard

Construction work continues on the new terminal. Picture: Glenn Copus / Evening Standard

The four-storey glass building is designed to maximise daylight and smooth the movement of passengers, of whom some 20 million a year — at a rate of 3,000 per hour — will pass through.

A distinctive three-waved roof, 54,000 metres square, has been designed by Foster + Partners. It will act as an “intuitive way finder” marking out check-in, security and departures.

Some 28 planes will slot into stands around the terminal in a “toast rack” design that makes the most of Heathrow’s limited space. T2 will serve Star Alliance airlines, including Air Canada, Lufthansa and Thai Airways International, and take Airbus A380s and A320s.

The new terminal is part of a long-term overhaul of the airport that aims to improve customer experience, but will not remedy the problem of capacity, with the two runways already operating nearly at full stretch.

The 1,500-seat departure lounge is a planespotter’s treat, as the 15-metre-high windows look out onto the south runway. Some 3,000 square metres in departures with prime views are earmarked for first and business class. T2 travellers will also have more room to stretch out — project director Duncan Pickard said: “There’s less retail [space] per passenger than T5 but there’s a balance to be struck as retail helps fund a project which has no public money.”

Arrivals, on the first floor, will host 46 immigration desks, which in theory should cut out huge waits at passport control. “If the Border Force …..

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Matthew Beard – Evening Standard
7th November, 2012