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05 August 2008

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Todd Lappin was invited to take a demo flight of the Emirates A380. He took a bunch of photos and wrote about it on his blog, Telstar Logistics. It was the kind of offer Telstar Logistics cannot refuse: "Please join us for an exclusive opportunity to ... [Read More]

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what a great post!

i really feel like i got the full tour as well. the tail-cam is a great idea and there's no reason it couldn't be implemented on other, smaller aircraft.

while i prefer the "test article" decor of the first plane you toured, it appears that they've kept the gaudiness to a minimum.

i'd feel envious if i didn't feel thankful for your thorough documentation. solemn duty indeed!

wow. thanks!

all that tack-o-rama gold crap in the F cabin... yeesh, but I wouldn't turn down a trip in the F suite over it.

Great post! That is some serious decadence right there.

Love the tailcam (and your video of it).

I was wondering, what's the song in the background of the landing video? It sounds great, and I'd sure like to listen to some more of it.

Very disappointing post.

I wish we could hear your genuine, honest feelings about this flight. Instead, your writing is stilted in exactly the way that would be expected from a writer who is hoping not to offend his hosts.

There was a lot of creepiness and grotesqueness to comment on there, and you completely pretended it wasn't there. I guess you don't want to burn any bridges. Hopefully other writers will be more frank.

The gilding is painful, but not excessive for the emirates.

Compelling tailcam video--why doesn't every airline do that?

(btw not to be that guy but what was the music?)

I want to go on there!!!! When do we get to go?!?!?!

Wow, what a tap dancer the writer is... Careful not to burn any bridges or *gasp* have journalistic integrity.
A sad commentary on the state of "journalism" today, lacking incisive objectivity. Don't worry, Toddy ole boy, I'm sure you'll be invited to many, many more sponsored luxuries where you can salivate on command and write to other people's specs.

The soundtrack on the Tailcam landing video is:

"Chain Reaction" by Mellow, on the (excellent) CQ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Nice to see what our oil dollars are buying!

Complete fluff. How about some additional details about the flight itself. Was the plane smooth? How did it handle turbulence? Any "negatives" (I'm sure even a brand new A380 has some negatives). How can they serve booze on the plane if it's owned by Muslims?

the tailcam imo is d best way to feel secure of whats going on outside the plane. its a revolutionary system that all aircraft should and must have.. cant w8.. XD

looks wonderful but I would rather put that amount of money towards a fabulous spa vacation. something that lasts days and not hours....

That was a great presentation! It made me want to pay for first class, until I saw the 10K price, ouch! I would pay 1K for some of the features but it made me dream...what if...

The interest factor reminds me of the Concord flagships of a bygone era.

It's just trading spaciousness over the supersonic speed but still caters to a similar clientel.

My only thought is this the SUV of the airline industry?

Wow, what an incredible aircraft! I would have loved to see and learn more of the "meat" of the aircraft, the cockpit, engines, etc. instead of just the "luxuries". As a middle class American, I am afraid I will never see this aircraft in person. Think of the fuel this thing uses carrying all that extra weight... that is mind boggling all on its own! This could be a nightmare for the mechanics to keep everything in working order.

This is truly the way to fly and it is going to save Corporate Companies Millions Vs. the Corporate Jets they Lease! Companies need to pull back in these times of economic slowing
I have some very great cost savings Idea's that will help Corporations survive with inflation and high costs and it would be well worth there while to get with my company and see the other side of pulling in the stops in the name of profit. "You May not be Fortune 500 But! You need to act like them"

Wow, what an incredible aircraft! I would have loved to see and learn more of the "meat" of the aircraft, the cockpit, engines, etc. instead of just the "luxuries". As a middle class American, I am afraid I will never see this aircraft in person. Think of the fuel this thing uses carrying all that extra weight... that is mind boggling all on its own! This could be a nightmare for the mechanics to keep everything in working order.

I just love when I see a comment of the like "Nice to see what our oil dollars are buying!" Why don't you ride a bike instead, and save some on gas or that's too much of a workout for you!

It's not a bird. It's not a plane. It's not a space (cruise) ship. It's... it's...it's a space hotel fun thingy.

Hey that is thought provoking, why are they serving alcohol on a Muslim airliner?

How much money to fly on it?

It's nice to know that the plane can carry the extra water weight while US commercial airlines are taking away in-flight movie systems because they weigh too much and use too much fuel. (I guess it doesn't matter though, since they have an endless supply of it over there...)

Sorry, I do think the plane is nice, but I think its insanely ridiculous. It's nice to know that while the average person is being nickel and dimed in coach for peanuts, soda, baggage and blankets, the corporate bigwigs can sit in the lap of luxury and write-off the expense, which ultimately gets paid by the average consumers who buy the stuff they sell.

Gotta love it...

Wow, a lot of jealous, bitter people posting here. Just because you can't afford it doesn't mean you have to be nasty. Get a grip.

When are the airlines coming up with family class so that we can take our children without disturbing the elite, business and economy passengers? Ahhh! Still waiting.

so much better than us flights. First class flight in us isnt anything like what first class should be.

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