Every aircraft suffers two deaths. The first is when it stops being built, the second is when it stops flying. The double-decker superjumbo Airbus A380 just suffered the first, with Airbus announcing its production line will close in 2021.
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If you enjoy the comforts of the Airbus A380, you have a fair few choices these days. Airbus has a handy map which shows all the cities in the world currently connected by A380 services.
Qantas has been conducting experiments with in-flight Wi-Fi for some time, but we're yet to see any ongoing services. And now it seems clear that we won't be getting any on flights to the US, with Qantas abandoning its trial of in-flight Wi-Fi on A380 services.
Presuming the Qantas-Emirates alliance is approved, from April next year you'll have a choice of 98 flights a week between Australia and Dubai on an A380. Given that there will be points equivalence and lounge access, how will you choose between the two? Scheduling aside, the biggest difference will be how the planes are rigged out, so let's see what is currently on offer.
As long rumoured, Qantas has officially kicked off its in-flight net trials, offering the service on a trial basis to passengers flying in first and business class to and from Los Angeles on the A380. Since the aim of the trial is to garner feedback and ideas, here are a few suggestions for Qantas to consider.
Just a fortnight ago Qantas' CEO Alan Joyce hinted that Qantas was in no rush to introduce in-flight internet. Fortunately for long-distance travellers, that might have been a slightly disingenuous comment, since Qantas has apparently now begun its long-awaited Wi-Fi offering for A380 passengers.
Qantas' dramatic emergency landing of QF32 in Singapore, and subsequent decision to halt all its A380 flights while it investigates the cause, has dominated news headlines worldwide. The investigation could potentially take months, so how will it impact travellers?
Our roundup of A380 routes around the globe wasn't even a day old before it needed updating, with Emirates announcing flights three times a week between Dubai and Canada. While that might not make much difference to the average Australian traveller (it's much faster to go to Canada by flying east), I've also noted that the Auckland-Sydney-Dubai route will be running daily from May 1. Check the full list in the original post.
Given the amount of publicity it has received, it's mildly disconcerting to realise that there are only three airlines (Qantas, Singapore and Emirates) actually letting the general public fly on the Airbus A380. If you want to test out the mega-plane, you'll need this list of flights which offer A380 service.