British Airways A380 G-XLED was being loaded at Hong Kong this evening prior to operating BA26 Hong Kong – London Heathrow when catering items were dropped onto the wing causing damage. The flight was delayed by five hours whilst clearance to operate was obtained.
Following the technical issue it encountered yesterday, Emirates A380 A6-EEO departed Munich this afternoon operating yesterday’s delayed EK52 Munich – Dubai as EK52D.
Emirates today announced that the EK500/EK501 Dubai – Mumbai rotation will switch from Boeing 777-300ER to A380 operation from July 21st 2014.
Emirates A380 A6-EEO operated EK51 Dubai – Munich today, however the return EK52 has been delayed overnight due to a technical issue with the aircraft.
QANTAS A380 VH-OQJ operated a shortened QF1 service today routing Sydney – Dubai with no onward service to London Heathrow. The aircraft will operate Dubai – Melbourne tomorrow as QF110.
Qatar Airways today pushed back the launch of A380 services from 17th June to 1st July. As previously the aircraft will enter service on the QR3/QR4 Doha – London Heathrow rotation.
Emirates A380 A6-EED entered the Dubai maintenance facility in the early hours of this morning after arriving as EK2 from London Heathrow.
Airbus A380-841 MSN095, British Airways G-XLEA, was removed from service at London Heathrow after arriving as BA268 from Los Angeles this afternoon after a mouse was spotted on board. As a result the aircraft is unable to operate BA25 London Heathrow – Hong Kong this evening as scheduled.
Emirates A380 A6-EDQ, usa which has been under maintenance at Dubai since 20th May, returned to service this afternoon operating EK803 Dubai – Jeddah.
Emirates A380 A6-EEV entered service this morning operating EK382 Dubai – Hong Kong. The aircraft is in 14F/76J/401Y configuration with the main deck crew rest area.
Emirates A380 A6-EDZ positioned Dubai – Bordeaux for maintenance this morning as EK3073.
Emirates A380 A6-EEV positioned Berlin Schoenefeld – Dubai late tonight as EK7381 after appearing at the ILA14 Air Show.
British Airways A380 G-XLEB positioned London Heathrow – Chateauroux as BA9160 this morning to operate training circuits as BA9161 – BA9164. The aircraft positioned Chateauroux – London Heathrow during the afternoon as BA9169.
Emirates A380 A6-EDE, which has been under maintenance at Bordeaux since 2nd April, positioned Bordeaux – Dubai this afternoon as EK3074.
Following the technical issue it encountered yesterday, Emirates A380 A6-EEN positioned London Heathrow – Dubai this morning as EK4D.
Emirates A380 A6-EEN operated EK3 Dubai – London Heathrow this morning, however the return EK4 was cancelled due to a technical issue with the aircraft. All passengers were accommodated on other services.
Following the technical issue it encountered yesterday, Airbus A380-861 MSN016, Emirates A6-EDC, departed Brisbane this afternoon operating yesterday’s delayed EK435 Brisbane – Dubai sector as EK435D.
Emirates A380 A6-EDQ entered the Dubai maintenance facility in the early hours of this morning after arriving as EK88 from Zurich.
British Airways A380 G-XLEF entered service this evening operating BA25 London Heathrow – Hong Kong.
British Airways commenced double daily A380 on the London Heathrow – Los Angeles route today with the BA283/BA282 rotation being operated by A380 equipment for the first time today with G-XLEA operating the flights.
British Airways A380 G-XLEH made its first flight from Toulouse today as F-WWSM and positioned Toulouse – Finkenwerder for cabin outfitting.
Emirates A380 A6-EEV was delivered Finkenwerder – Berlin Schoenefeld as EK7380 today. The aircraft will appear at the ILA14 Air Show at Berlin Schoenefeld before continuing to Dubai. This brings the A380 fleet up to 48 aircraft.
Emirates A380 A6-EDC arrived into Brisbane this morning as EK434 from Dubai (depart Dubai 18th May), however the onward service to Auckland was cancelled due to a technical issue with the aircraft. As a result today’s EK435 Auckland – Brisbane sector is also cancelled.
QANTAS A380 VH-OQC operated a shortened QF1 routing Sydney – Dubai this afternoon with no onward service to London Heathrow. The aircraft will then operate Dubai – Melbourne tomorrow as QF110.
Emirates A380 A6-EEE positioned Dubai – Dresden for maintenance this morning as EK3045.
Emirates A380 A6-EDV, which has been under maintenance at Dubai since 29th April, returned to service this morning operating EK701 Dubai – Mauritius.
Airbus A380-861 MSN103, Emirates A6-EDW, entered the Dubai maintenance facility early this morning after arriving as EK702 from Mauritius.
Emirates A380 A6-EDX, which has been under maintenance at Dresden since 25th March, positioned Dresden – Dubai this afternoon as EK3046.
British Airways A380 G-XLEF was delivered Toulouse – Chateauroux – London Heathrow this afternoon as BA9157. The aircraft is in 14F/97J/55W/303Y configuration and White Union Flag with Crest livery and brings the BA A380 fleet up to six aircraft.
QANTAS A380 VH-OQE operated a shortened QF1 Sydney – Dubai today with no onward service to London Heathrow. The aircraft will then operate Dubai – Melbourne as QF110 tomorrow.
QANTAS A380 VH-OQA operated a short QF9 Melbourne – Dubai service this evening, and will return Dubai – Melbourne tomorrow as QF110.
QANTAS A380 VH-OQJ arrived into London Heathrow this morning as QF1 from Sydney and Dubai, then immediately turned around to operate yesterday’s delayed QF2 London Heathrow – Dubai – Sydney as QF2D. This delay will cause tomorrow’s QF11 Sydney – Los Angeles to be delayed by around 11 hours.
British Airways formally accepted A380 G-XLEF following a test flight from Toulouse this morning.
Following the A380 technical issue at London Heathrow this morning, QANTAS A380 VH-OQC operated a short QF1 service today routing Sydney – Dubai with no onward service to London Heathrow. The aircraft will then operate Dubai – Melbourne tomorrow morning as QF110 to the timings of the usual London Heathrow – Dubai – Melbourne service.
QANTAS A380 VH-OQI arrived into London Heathrow as QF9 from Melbourne and Dubai this morning, however a technical issue was immediately detected meaning the aircraft will not be able to depart London Heathrow this evening.
QANTAS today announced that A380s will replace Boeing 747-400ERs on the Sydney – Dallas-Fort Worth route from 29th September 2014. The use of the A380 will also mean First Class will be offered on the route for the first time and that the return QF8 will operate Dallas-Fort Worth – Sydney direct rather than via Brisbane as at present. Schedules have yet to be released, however services will be reduced from daily to 6 x weekly.
QANTAS today announced its revised schedule on London Heathrow services which will reduce the number of aircraft required for London services from six to five aircraft. The new schedule, from July 20th, retimes the Melbourne services and means aircraft will fly a six day W pattern originating in Sydney. The aircraft schedule will be follows:
QF1 Sydney 1550 – Dubai 0035+1
QF1 Dubai 0215 – London Heathrow 0645
QF10 London Heathrow 1330 – Dubai 2325
QF10 Dubai 0115+1 – Melbourne 2055
QF9 Melbourne 2255 – Dubai 0705+1
QF9 Dubai 0905 – London Heathrow 1340
QF2 London Heathrow 2125 – Dubai 0720+1
QF2 Dubai 0920 – Sydney 0510+1.
One significant effect of the rescheduling is that the late Melbourne arrival of QF10 will eliminate all onward connections from Melbourne for that service, meaning all passengers wishing to connect to anywhere other than Sydney and Melbourne yet still fly on QANTAS aircraft will be forced to use the QF2 Sydney service.
Etihad today revealed details of the First Class products to be features on their upcoming Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft.
The Boeing 787 will feature a First Class suite with backward facing seats:
The A380 will feature nine First Class apartments:
and one First Class Residence with bed and shower.
A Business Class product on both aircraft will feature backward facing aisle seats in a new configuration.
Airbus A380-842 MSN015, QANTAS VH-OQB, positioned Sydney – Manila for maintenance this evening as QF6001.
Following its overnight delay, Airbus A380-861 MSN057, Emirates A6-EDO, departed Auckland this morning operating yesterday’s delayed EK413 Auckland – Sydney – Dubai as EK413D.
Emirates A380 A6-EDO arrived into Auckland this afternoon as EK412 from Dubai and Sydney (depart Dubai 2nd May), however the return EK413 has been delayed overnight due to a technical issue with the aircraft.