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.

A380 Montblanc Pen Only For Wealthiest Of High Flyers

Want this Montblanc Skeleton pen, shaped like an Emirates A380 plane? Those 28 diamonds, 18-carat gold plating and lure of winning free flights will never be yours – unless you fork out $US19,335 for it. [AMEinfo via Moodiereport via BornRich]

Emirates' iLingual App Half Solves The Language Barrier

There are a few different iPhone apps out there designed to make inter-language communication an easier proposition, but none of them are quite like the Emirates iLingual app. Combining either French, German or Arabic with those stupid mouth replacement gimmicks you see on late-night TV infomercials, the app lets you “speak” another language through the iPhone.

iPhone Translation App Speaks Three Languages With Your Mouth

Somewhere on the App Store spectrum, between the travel phrase books and those apps that replace your mouth with a slightly weirder mouth, you’ll find iLingual, an app that steals your lips and uses them to speak three different languages.

Airbus A380s Interior Too Quiet, Eliminates Precious Privacy

The last bastion of privacy on airplanes is their blanket of white noise, but that may soon vanish: Pilots are complaining that the Airbus A380 jumbo is so quiet, they can’t get any rest.

Tailcam Video Shows Awesome Plane's-Eye-View of A380 in Flight

This video is a feed from the Tailcam in an A380 as the aircraft takes-off. The cam feed can be shown on the seat-back displays and gives you an almost Superman-like view of the aircraft from 24m up at the top of the tail. It’s pretty amazing watching the behemoth aircraft surge slowly down the runway and into the air… and there’s another vid, showing it landing in to SFO as part of the recent Emirates tour.

Biggest Aeroplane Model in the World Eaten by Biggest Cargo Aircraft

This is an Airbus A380–the largest passenger aircraft in the world–eaten alive by an Antonov AN-124–the largest mass-produced cargo aeroplane in the world (which I filmed inside at Dubai’s airport). Before you exclaim “Photoshop!”, this is a real photo by Dmitry Avdeev. However, it’s not a real A380: it’s a 1/3 scale model, which makes it the biggest aircraft replica in the world. So big, in fact, that its 26.5m wingspan is a metre wider than a real Concorde. Seeing it completely built in video gives you an idea of its gigantic scale.

Photos Emerge of Emirates A380 Showers: Tiny, But Luxurious

See that happy-looking lady in the pic? She’s standing in an Emirates A380 in-flight shower room, details of which have emerged after we first alerted you to this airborne luxury. The “shower spas” are pretty decently kitted-out, and the aircraft carries an extra 500kg of water to allow every one of the 14 first-class passengers to have a splash. As a result, the shower only runs for five minutes, and there’s a traffic-light system to let you know how the time’s going. And if you’re planning on trying to form a new “mile-high, in the shower” club, you’d better forget it: the showers are small, “designed for single usage.”

Emirates the First Airline to Allow Inflight Calls from Passenger Mobile Phones

Dubai-based airline Emirates has claimed the first ever permitted mobile phone call from a commercial flight. The conversations took place aboard a Casablanca-bound Airbus A340 that had been kitted out with a system that stops mobile phones from messing with the plane’s electronics. By the end of the year its passengers will be able to clack away on their BlackBerries and use other data services, such as sending texts. Calls on night flights will not be allowed, and the crews will be allowed to prohibit yakking whenever they feel like it. The only stipulation is that cell users, who can only make calls when at cruising height keep their phones switched to silent—thank God—during flights. [BBC Online]