Airbus Posts

Taking a Ride to Paris in Style–Aboard the Airbus A380

My new year’s resolution this year is to travel in the world’s largest airliner. My pal Sony Stark, owner of Pilotgirl Productions, just had this opportunity last night when she took off in Air France/KLM’s new Airbus A380 bound for Paris. She’s going to Tunisia for the holidays, writing more articles for GoNOMAD.com

She reports that in the back of the plane there’s an open cocktail and fruit juice bar. People can just belly on up and refresh themselves. She also said that despite a 538 passenger load, food and drinks don’t take any longer than they do aboard a smaller plane. There are dozens of flight attendants to serve the many passengers.

There are two decks, about 200 sit upstairs, and below, is business and the regular coach. I’ve heard reports that the air inside is nearly three times as good as in most jets; and there is a spiral staircase inside that gives the cabin a spacious feel.

So I hope that my travels for 2010, which so far include Uruguay, Sweden and France, will allow me these same comforts about the long-awaited, dreamy sounding Airbus A380!

United to Make Big Plane Purchase, Despite Recession

United Airlines has decided that a recession is a perfect time to buy a huge new fleet of planes…and they are forcing their two jetliner suppliers, Boeing and Airbus to compete very hard to get their business which will total 150 new jetliners worth $10 billion. A story in last night’s Wall St. Journal described the big airlines as just another example of businesses that are investing large amounts of cash into improvements and new factories even though times are tough.

United flies both Airbus and Boeing jetliners. The new birds they are looking at will get up to 35% better fuel economy and offer amenities that travelers will surely enjoy, like electrical plugs at every seat and larger overhead bins.  The biggest outlay for United will be for Boeing’s Dreamliner, a plane made of a composite material that will weigh less and even be quieter as well as use less fuel. Travelers will be happy to know that soon United will retire its aged and uncomfortable MD-80s, which are perhaps the worst plane flying in the skies today.

In a separate article, the Journal reported that most major airlines have removed extra space once needed for galleys since they no longer offer meals in flights for many trips. So they have been able to fit in up to 12 additional seats.  Even though there was a time when American advertised ‘more legroom in coach,’  a 31″ seat pitch is about the norm now, and that’s smaller than it used to be.  Plane makers have also figured out how to make slightly thinner seats to try to maximize the number of paid seats on every flight.