840-seat Airbus 380

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    Jul 12, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
    Although over 2 years old, I thought it was worth sharing. If you plan on going to Reunion, get ready for a cramped ride from Paris.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/01/15/321107/air-austral-to-acquire-two-800-seat-a380s.html

    Air Austral to acquire two 800+ seat A380s
    By David Kaminski-Morrow

    Reunion-based carrier Air Austral has signed a memorandum of understanding for two Airbus A380s to be configured for 840 passengers.

    The aircraft will have a single-class layout, and would have the highest density seating of any A380 so far.

    Air Austral will use the jets on services between Reunion and Paris. No engine choice has been given.
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    Jul 13, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    yikes, i complain about waiting 10 minutes to board a small plane. wonder how many restrooms it has? icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 13, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
    I wonder what would happen if everyone on the plane farted at once.
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    Jul 13, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    I flew once on a A380, such a impressive plane!
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    Jul 13, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    I love flying and aircraft as much as the next guy, but these are so much fun to ride in. I know people hate commuter aircraft, but I love 'em!


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    The A-380s look great, but I'm happy with what's pictured here, a DeHavilland Dash 8.
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    Jul 13, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    Everyone hates this, too. So irrational. How could anyone hate this???:

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    Jul 13, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidI love flying and aircraft as much as the next guy, but these are so much fun to ride in. I know people hate commuter aircraft, but I love 'em!

    A story about flying a de Havilland from Atlanta to Oxford/Anniston, Alabama:

    I get in this thing, which only had single seating on either side of the aisle. And I was up front, so I could see the cockpit, which had no door.

    And I noticed there were several holes in the instrument panel, where gauges presumably should go. And through these open holes I could see bundles of wires.

    But most disturbing was a yellow Post-It note, stuck on the instrument panel, with the hand-printed words:

    MAX SAYS OK TO FLY

    Who the fuck is "Max"? And why is there a question about whether this plane should fly or not? Don't FAA regulations require flight certifications? What's with a fucking Post-It note?

    I almost got off the plane, but as I was about to bail they closed the door and started to taxi. Obviously I survived the experience, but I continue to have bad memories of flying on a de Havilland.
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    Jul 13, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    I loved the pics of the airplanes posted...and this article prompted me to research the island of Reunion...

    Here are some facts I had no idea about:

    1. France has a region in the Indian Ocean (Reunion) which is part of the country
    2. This is the farthest outpost of the European Union
    3. The population on this small island is 800,000

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    Jul 13, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    Bigger planes mean more jet fuel to burn in!
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    Jul 13, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    Greg0201 saidBigger planes mean more jet fuel to burn in!
    It also means using less fuel to transport more people.
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    Jul 13, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    RPMSoccer saidI loved the pics of the airplanes posted...and this article prompted me to research the island of Reunion...

    Here are some facts I had no idea about:

    1. France has a region in the Indian Ocean (Reunion) which is part of the country
    2. This is the farthest outpost of the European Union
    3. The population on this small island is 800,000



    Just for your Information, its not the only case,

    We (french) do have 5 differents area that are considered as "region" of the country:

    la Guadeloupe
    la Martinique ;
    la Guyane
    la RĂ©union ;
    Mayotte.
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    Jul 13, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
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    turtleneckjock saidI love flying and aircraft as much as the next guy, but these are so much fun to ride in. I know people hate commuter aircraft, but I love 'em!

    A story about flying a de Havilland from Atlanta to Oxford/Anniston, Alabama:

    I get in this thing, which only had single seating on either side of the aisle. And I was up front, so I could see the cockpit, which had no door.

    And I noticed there were several holes in the instrument panel, where gauges presumably should go. And through these open holes I could see bundles of wires.

    But most disturbing was a yellow Post-It note, stuck on the instrument panel, with the hand-printed words:

    MAX SAYS OK TO FLY

    Who the fuck is "Max"? And why is there a question about whether this plane should fly or not? Don't FAA regulations require flight certifications? What's with a fucking Post-It note?

    I almost got off the plane, but as I was about to bail they closed the door and started to taxi. Obviously I survived the experience, but I continue to have bad memories of flying on a de Havilland.


    This is one of the funniest things I've ever read!

    On another note, for a while there Continental ran a route from Houston Hobby to Houston Intercontinental, stupid route. Nevertheless on a trip to New York I was required to go to Hobby to board a plane that would fly us to pick up our connection to New York at Intercontinental, no I wasn't allowed to drive straight to Intercontinental, although both airports are equidistant from my home. Anyway, seeing as that it was flying across a city, it was by far the smallest thing I have ever flown in in my life, quite disturbing. But on the bright side, or not, it was like a sky tour of Houston.
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    Jul 13, 2011 10:45 PM GMT
    RPMSoccer saidI loved the pics of the airplanes posted...and this article prompted me to research the island of Reunion...

    Here are some facts I had no idea about:

    1. France has a region in the Indian Ocean (Reunion) which is part of the country
    2. This is the farthest outpost of the European Union
    3. The population on this small island is 800,000



    Now that you mention that, this is technically a domestic flight since Reunion is an overseas territory of France. In fact, I believe French Polynesia is considered a region, i.e. an overseas collectivity, of France and therefore a flight to Tahiti could be considered domestic. That means if you fly Air Tahiti Nui, you fly from Paris to Los Angeles then on to Tahiti; that's a hell of a domestic flight.

    But, these are your rewards for taking these extra-long 'domestic' flights:

    Reunion
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    Tahiti
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    Sep 03, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidI love flying and aircraft as much as the next guy, but these are so much fun to ride in. I know people hate commuter aircraft, but I love 'em!


    4675701882_683d4dd878_z.jpg

    The A-380s look great, but I'm happy with what's pictured here, a DeHavilland Dash 8.


    Aren't they called Bombardier Q400's now? I've flown Horizon Air Dash 8's for almost 20 years and one day the flight attendant was familiarizing us with the safety features of a Bombardier Q400 while the seat pocket manual was still calling it a Dash 8. icon_lol.gif They have since updated the pocket cards, but it was funny at the time.

    Oh and for short range commuter craft, they are damned fast and convenient.
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    Sep 03, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
    I guess this is one up side to not having enough money to travel. I won't get stuck on a cramped plane.
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    Sep 03, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    I love airplanes of any size and types!
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    Sep 10, 2011 6:34 PM GMT
    The A380 is an amazing aircraft, no doubt about it.

    That being said, I can't believe any airline would be willing to take on such a huge liability in configuring any aircraft to transport almost 1000 people at one time. One accident, one screw up and there's a very real possibility that 1000 lives could be snuffed out. Just gives me goose bumps.

    Airbus will say they built the 380 to provide greater flexibility in aircraft needs but let's be honest: Airbus built it because they wanted to be first. Ever since the 747 came out, everyone has wanted to see full size double decker aircraft. Airbus built it in an attempt to inflate their already massive hubris.

    There's a reason why no other airlines up until now have requested such a configuration, and I doubt many more will.