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Airbus delivers first A380 to China Southern

(Global Times)

10:02, October 16, 2011

On Friday, Airbus delivered the first A380 to China Southern Airlines in Toulouse, France.

China Southern Airlines is the first operator of the world’s aircraft in China and the seventh globally after Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and Qantas.

Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent900 engines, the aircraft will be used for domestic routes between the major Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, followed by international routes without details being disclosed.

“The delivery of A380 is the milestone of a relationship with China and France, as well as the relationship between China and Europe,” Kong Quan, ambassador to France, said at the ceremony Friday.

“The A380 has set new standards in comfort, economic efficiency, and environmental performance,” said Tom Enders, President and CEO of Airbus.

At the ceremony, China Southern unveiled its spacious and comfortable A380 cabin, featuring a total of 506 seats in a typical three-class configuration, including eight luxury first- class suites, 70 flat-lying business class seats, and 428 economy-class seats.

So far, there are 57 A380 planes flying throughout the world, serving 41 routes to 25 destinations, and China Southern will now fly the 58th one.

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Dick Taylor at 2011-10-1692.24.181.*
Are you aware that Rolls Royce paid millions of Dollars a year in secret corruption and slush funds to help sell their aero engines to airlines that will be "advised" (or forced!) by those receiving the secret slush funds.Just one example is that Tommy Suharto (son of the ex-Indonesian president) was given about 20 million dollars and a new blue Rolls Royce car by Rolls Royce (before he was jailed for murder!) to force the Indonesian airline Garuda to take the R-R Trent 700 engine on the A330 aircraft they were buying. They got a really bad commercial deal and the follow-on warranty and support was probably the worst any operator had ever had. When Tommy was jailed, Rolls then paid his millionaire friend, Soetikno about 1 million dollars a year! This was supported by the Rolls exec in Indonesia (Dr Mike Gray) because Mike was given "personal benefit" by Soetikno to keep the contract going. Mike even used RR staff to support the bar girl he was "knocking off" when his wife was away.Dick Taylor. (ex Rolls-Royce Chief Service Rep)
  

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