Air International 2018-06
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Main: Commercial
Etihad's A380 A6-APA (msn 166), photographed just prior to delivery when it was still F-WWSS. The Gulf airline has ten A380s and like the other operators flies it on routes to large hubs.
The A380 is the largest passenger airliner currently flying. Here one of the 12 in service with Qantas, VH-OQG (msn 47) is pictured departing Heathrow in December 2017.
Air France A380 F-HPJA (msn 3) on turnaround at Los Angeles. Airport invest in infrastructure such as extra boarding bridges to handle A380s.
The A380's size requires the use of specialist tugs, as seen herewith Lufthansa’s D-AIME (msn 61) on pushback at Frankfurt.
: Underfloor cargo capacity is just one of many variables used by airlines when planning A380 networks.
With more than ten years' operations behind it the A380 has flown more than 190 million passengers and serves more than 60 destinations. Singapore Airlines was the first operator.
Premium travel on the A380 continues to evolve. An updated Qantas A380 interior which will debut in 2019 will feature a new business-class lounge area.
Singapore Airlines launched its new enclosed first-class suite in December 2017.
There have been various systems improvements to the A380 since service entry; among those for the flight deck are a Runway Overrun Protection System and Brake-to-Vacate, which regulates deceleration after touchdown.
Ethiopian's hub is Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, where a new terminal that will double capacity is due to open later this year.
Chinese investment has resulted in new maintenance hangars for Ethiopian at Bole.
One of 19 Boeing 787-8s in service with Ethiopian; the carrier also operates two 787-9s with another two due for delivery.
Despite receiving new-generation Airbus A350-900s and Boeing 787s, Ethiopian's six Boeing 767-300ERs, recently upgraded with new lie-flat seats, will fly with Ethiopian for another five to six years.
The larger 73-inch fan diameter on the Embraer E190-E2’s Pratt & Whitney PW1900G geared turbofans is apparent in this shot of the first customer jet, Wideroe's LN-WEA (c/n 190200), pictured following its arrival in Bergen.
Static test rigs were used to complete 45,000 hours of ground tests of electrical, hydraulic and environmental systems, avionics and flight controls.
Among structural differences between the first and second-generation E-Jets is a new trailing arm architecture for the main landing gear, which Embraer says is less susceptible to shimming and corrosion.
With the E190-E2 delivered, Embraer now turns to completing the flight testing and certifying the larger E195-E2, targeted for the first half of 2019.