26 October 2007
First commercial A380 flight
Rob Fisher

The first commercial A380 flight happened yesterday.  I chose to link to that particular news source because they have a nice picture of a couple enjoying their private first class cabin with double bed.  It reminds me of the good old days of passenger aviation, when private cabins and restaurants were normal.  It remains to be seen whether this is a short-lived publicity gimmick with private cabins soon to be replaced with extra economy class seats, or whether luxury flights like this can be profitable.

  1. Why does the A380 with private cabins remind me of the Bristol Brabazon?

    Wasn’t the Brabazon the world’s first and last propeller-driven widebody aircraft?  The thing was huge, and I believe it had an even more huge, thick wing for cruising at a stately 150 knots, a wing into which were embedded 8 double-row radial piston engines connected in pairs to gear boxes driving 4 enormous propellers.  The concept was this craft would have private cabins and would travel in stately fashion from London to one of the major cities in India in equally stately fashion.

    Many British consider this plane the conceit of its namesake Lord Brabazon who was on a planning commission and the plane to be a costly government-funded flop.  I think it was an interesting concept, a fine piece of engineering, and in light of the A380, ahead of its time.

    Posted by Paul Milenkovic on  28 October 2007 at 05:55 am

  2. I was thinking about the Boeing 314—a huge flying boat that did successfully operate between London and New York.  I don’t know how subsidised Boeing were at the time, but perhaps there are parallels between the A380 and the Brabazon and the Dreamliner and the 314.

    You’re right: all these aircraft represent fine engineering of course.  The business and economics side of things is a different matter.

    Posted by Rob Fisher on  30 October 2007 at 02:17 am

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