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Etihad Brings Its Insane Private Apartment In The Sky To Australia

The A380 is already one of the most luxurious planes in the sky, but Etihad Airways has taken it to a new level with a three room, private mini-apartment, now flying out of Sydney.


Emirates' Flight Catering Food Factory In Dubai Produces 175,000 Meals Per Day, And It's All Fresh

Ever wondered where your airline meal comes from? If you’ve ever flown through the Middle East, it probably came from here.

This one building provides the fresh food, drinks and other amenities for every Emirates flights leaving Dubai, at a rate of one every two or three minutes, to hundreds of different destinations around the world. And the only preservative used is a bit of lemon juice. (56K and mobile warning: 15MB of images ahead!)


A Bar On Board A Plane? Now You're Talking

When you talk about the price difference between economy class and business class, or business and first, you have to find some pretty significant differences before you can justify that extra cash. (Unless someone else is paying, or you can snaffle an upgrade using points or some smooth talking.) But if you’re looking for a good reason, the Emirates A380’s onboard bar has to be pretty much up there.


What It's Like Jumping Out Of An Airbus A380

If you’re taking a long-haul international flight, you hope to god that it goes smoothly and nothing untoward happens. And it barely ever does, to be fair, with the odds of a fatal airline accident being something one in 10 million. But every airline crew goes through extensive training to ensure that if anything happens, you’ll be able to escape safely through emergency exits and evacuation slides.


Inflight Internet Is The Most Useful Thing In The Entire World

As I write this right now, I’m over the coast of southern India, about 41,000ft in the air on an Emirates Airbus A380. But I’m not disconnected from the world; the ‘net up here is actually quite fast.


Rare Video Of An Airbus A380 Cutting Through Clouds

Video: Sometimes, you get a unique combination of circumstances that produces a rare look into a common event, like this Emirates’ Airbus A380 arriving to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport at the perfect time and the perfect angle to produce a few seconds of beautiful cinematography, cutting a cloud in two.


The World's Largest Passenger Aircraft Just Took Off For The World's Longest Flight

Qantas flight QF7 has just left the ground in Sydney, on its way to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport in Texas. This is the outbound leg of the world’s longest flight route, but from today onwards, it has another point of difference: the equipment flying that route is one of Qantas’ Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.


Qantas Isn't Buying Any New Planes For A While

As a result of the $252 million half-year loss that Qantas has reported today, Australia’s national carrier is making some big cutbacks. 5000 staff across the entire company are being made redundant, a bunch of flight schedules are being reconfigured, and over 50 new plane orders are being deferred indefinitely.


The Wicked And Beautiful Turbulence Problems Of The Giant Airbus A380

This beautiful shot was made for the first episode of Richard Hammond’s: Engineering Connections, which was dedicated to the Airbus A380. Apparently, wind tunnels can look like the lair of the wicked witch in an old Disney animation movie.


These A380 Crew Quarters Look Like A Star Trek Set

Allplane got some shots from the unveiling of Thai Airways’ first Airbus A380, including the crew quarters (the A380 is so big that it’s staffed by 23 people). They look like they come from the future. [Allplane]


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