A Video Journey of First Airbus A380 Deliveries July 6, 2013Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Airlines, Aviation.
Tags: A380, Air France, Airbus, british airways, China Southern Airlines, Delivery Flight, Emirates, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways
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On 3rd July, 2013, British Airways became the world’s 10th airline to become an Airbus A380 operator.
Here’s a look back into time when these 10 airlines took delivery of their first Airbus A380s. As you can see from these compendium of videos provided by Airbus, A380 delivery ceremonies are lavish and elaborate affairs, with beaming airline executives taking delivery of their mighty superjumbos in the company of Airbus executives. These events are lapped up by global media and aviation enthusiasts and often culminate in a take-off of the A380s from the Delivery Centre to their home bases, where they are accorded a royal welcome.
Singapore Airlines on 15th October, 2007 became the first airline in the world to take delivery of the A380.
Emirates followed suit on 28th July, 2008 and is today the world’s largest operator of the A380, with 35 in fleet and 55 on order. Make sure you watch this video capturing one of the grandest A380 delivery ceremonies ever!
Qantas on 19th September, 2008
Air France was the first European airline to join the elite A380 club on 30th October, 2009
Lufthansa on 19th May, 2010
Korean Air on 24th May, 2011
China Southern Airlines on 14th October, 2011
Malaysia Airlines on 29th May, 2012
Thai Airways on 27th September, 2012
And most recently,
British Airways on 3rd July, 2013
Emirates Aviation Experience takes-off in London July 5, 2013Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Airlines, Aviation.
Tags: A380, Airbus, Aviation, B777, Boeing, Emirates, Emirates Air Line, Flight, Greenwich, London, Simulator
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Are you fascinated by the magic of flying? London now has a new tourist attraction that will appeal to all aviation lovers – The Emirates Aviation Experience.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, at the opening of the Emirates Aviation Experience
The Emirates Aviation Experience, which costs in excess of £4 million, will take you on an interactive journey into the world of flight. In a UK first, it includes 4 commercial flight simulators under one roof including 2 A380 SIMs and 2 Boeing 777 SIMs. #avgeeks will also get to check out a 3D hologram of the internal mechanisms of an aircraft, a state-of-the-art HD video-wall and a full-size nose-cone and flight deck of an Airbus A380.
Enjoy this walk-around of the Emirates Aviation Experience:
The Emirates Aviation Experience will be open to the public daily from 6th July, from 08:00hrs to 19:00hrs. It is located at the Greenwich Peninsular end of the Emirates Air Line cable car. The closest underground station is North Greenwich.
Flight simulators can be a lot of fun, as you can see in this video below of 3 Arsenal players attempting to land an Airbus A380 at Dubai International Airport in an Emirates A380 Simulator.
In addition to the ‘Flight Simulators’ zone, visitors will be able to look at a cross-section of a Rolls Royce Trent 800 jet engine partially built in LEGO, a virtual wind tunnel application looking at how this influences flight, a touchscreen game explaining the turnaround process of an aircraft, and a replica A380 Economy Class seating area – with a range of aviation themed videos utilising Emirates’ ice system. In addition, the Emirates Aviation Experience will also include a food and beverage outlet and retail zone.
The Emirates simulator experience will start from £45 for a 30 minute slot, when booked in advance online. Entrance to the Emirates Aviation Experience will be £3.00 for adults and £1.50 for children under the age of 12. You can book online at http://www.aviation-experience.com.
Travelogue – A weekend in Jakarta March 29, 2013Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Airlines, Travel.
Tags: Airlines, Boeing 777, Business Class, Emirates, Emirates Airline, Indonesia, Jakarta, Travel, Travelogue
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A visual travelogue from my weekend getaway to Jakarta, Indonesia in October 2012. This was my first trip on Emirates Airline since joining them. Enjoyed the journey on Business Class onboard the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER. Lovely flight, fantastic service. Jakarta is a very chilled out destination. Very green city. Extremely friendly people. The welcoming smiles begin at the Visa on Arrival counter. It is one of the most populous cities in the Far East and can be a bit overwhelming, however I was able to find my unique oasis of tranquility. I enjoyed a relaxing stay at Le Meridien, watched the rains from my window, did a bit of mall crawling and city hopping, and caught up on much-needed sleep, before jetting back to Dubai. I wouldn’t mind going back to Jakarta again. Bali as well, next time!
All pics clicked on iPhone 4s.
Seattle Ahoy on the Emirates Inaugural March 9, 2012Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Airlines, Aviation, Travel, UAE.
Tags: avgeek, B777, Boeing, Dubai, Emirates, Inaugural Flight, Seattle, Water Cannon Salute
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So I lost control of my #avgeek senses and flew off to Seattle for a weekend on the inaugural Emirates flight out of Dubai.
I’ve always wanted to go to Seattle, visit Boeing and the Future of Flight Museum, catch up with #avgeek friends in the Puget Sound and most importantly, get on an inaugural flight and experience a water cannon salute. So I HAD to be on the inaugural EK229 on 1 March 2012 and tick off a couple of items on the bucket list.
Seattle is an amazing place and I don’t say that just because it is the home of Boeing. I will be back soon with more stories on Seattle but till then, enjoy these 2 videos!
Click here to read a travelogue of my trip featured on ArabianSupplyChain.com.
The top 10 aviation photos of 2010, starring snow December 21, 2010Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Airlines, Aviation.
Tags: Airbus, Airlines, Boeing, Europe, Snow, Winter
There’s something magical about snow and winter that gives a unique character to airplanes and aviation. The white bleary landscapes make us have a closer look at these elegant flying machines and remind us of their resilience when it comes to dealing with the rough elements of nature. We also think of the invisible people who work round the clock to keep them flying. So without much ado, here’s my favorite pick of aviation snaps of airplanes from around the world posing in front of snow, all clicked in December 2010.
1. easyJet A319 flying in front of a snow-laden cliff in Innsbruck, Austria.
Pic Credit: Emanuel Linert
2. A Southern Air Boing 747-400 Freighter takes off from Amsterdam, Schiphol, Netherlands leaving a plume of snow behind.
Pic Credit: Maarten-sr
3. An Air Mauritius Airbus A340-300 lands at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport.
Pic Credit: Pascal Maillot
4. A Lufthansa Airbus A321-231 gets deiced at Munich Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.
Pic credit: Manuel Recht
5. A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 at Zurich Kloten Airport proves to the world that it is the world’s largest snowblower.
Pic Credit: Sandro Mederle
6. A majestic China Airlines Cargo Boeing 747-409F wishes Merry Christmas to everyone at Prague Ruzyne Airport.
Pic Credit: Peter Volek
7. An Egypt Air Cargo Airbus A300B4 is reverse snow plowing at Bruges Ostend Airport in Belgium.
Pic Credit: Luc Van Belleghem
Pic Credit: Fred Seggie
9. A LinxAir Embraer Legacy series corporate jet looks a bit flummoxed in the snow at Samedan, Switzerland.
Pic Credit: Danijel Jovanovic
10. Snow covered cockpit of the famous Jumbo Hostel made out of a Boeing 747-212B at Stockholm, Sweden.
Pic Credit: Stefan Sjogren