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The Aircraft Post [May. 1st, 2005|05:51 pm]
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Emirates' lone commuter A310: our smallest a/c, with older (less sexy) livery.


Singapore's Tiger Airways. Its first flight carried 80 underprivileged children, free.


Japan Airlines. I love the subtlety of the rising sun on the tail.


I took this out the aft left-hand door of an Airbus 330-200 on ground in Nairobi.

I was in the airport for a few hours in Hong Kong on April 27 when I saw the live coverage of the Airbus 380 maiden voyage. The cockpit crew said it handled "like a bicycle." I'm trying to imagine how it will feel to fly the "green giant." In a Boeing 777-300 there are easy miscommunications among the crew from one end of the aircraft to the other, even with 10 interphones. With the 380, will half the crew be strangers even by the time we reach our destination? Will we recognize each other?



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From: (Anonymous)
2005-05-01 03:57 pm (UTC)

My plane!!

Hey Susan! Nice post you have here! I can't wait to fly on that giant!!!!! I'm extatic that Emirates ordered 45 of these planes!!! And I heard that they even want to stretch version of the current A380!!! Wow...do you know what Emirates will do with these planes?? Will they expand more and more and more?! Oh yea....I've been doing research about international schools in Dubai and I found an American High School. It's called the American School of Dubai. I really wanna attend high school there and have the opportunity to live there a couple years earlier. What do you think???? :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-05-01 03:58 pm (UTC)

Re: My plane!!

Sorry, I forgot to mention it's me Justin. LOL!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-01 04:39 pm (UTC)

Re: My plane!!

Sure, why not? An international education is a beautiful thing!

Hehe, and I knew it was you. I do appreciate your signing your name, though! A lot of commenters don't, and it drives me nuts... but when you post, I know it's you!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-01 04:40 pm (UTC)

Re: My plane!!

Oh, and to answer your other question - I'm curious as well how Emirates will configure their 380's. I don't think anybody is going to know until they're on the line.
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From: deerscare
2005-05-01 05:09 pm (UTC)
woah nice planes. i like that rising sun too.

hey the last time i flew i was terrified for the entire flight (mostly of the height, not of crashing really), and this is after having flown happily and comfortably for my entire life. i know youre not a psychologist (to my knowledge!!!), but maybe they teach you some stuff about fearful flyers?? do you know whats up with that?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-01 06:03 pm (UTC)
Actually, I did my degree in psychology! They actually don't teach us anything about fearful flyers in training, but my take on it is that people who suffer anxiety during a flight either a) are actually stricken by some unrelated anxiety that doesn't manifest until they have something tangible (like flying) to relate it to, or b) are under the impression that if anything should go wrong, the outcome is life-threatening.

For example, I've noticed many people feel that turbulence and bad weather are rare occurences, and that it's just their luck to have such on every flight they take. In actuality, probably 99% of airplanes in the sky pass through bad weather or turbulence. And that's like, a zillion flights a day. The worst hazard during turbulence is the danger of falling and injuring yourself inside the cabin, which will more likely happen to the cabin crew, since we are asked to carry on with service while passengers are required to stay buckled in.

Even in cases of engine malfunctions or other emergency landing situations, chances are there won't be a single injury. Emergency landings are more common than crashes, but you don't hear about them because there aren't resulting tragedies. The lack of reporting of such incidents (which is natural, since airlines will want to keep it quiet and news agencies won't report non-tragic incidents) combined with sensationalistic reporting on other 'dangers' of air travel has probably got a lot of people feeling more anxious than they really need to.

However, I'm not an expert on the matter at all. A few days ago I was in my jumpseat while we passed through some pretty bumpy air, and I wanted to joke about it with the guy across from me. He looked professional, he was wearing a tie, and I guessed that he was a frequent flier - but I resisted when I noticed his white knuckles. Maybe he hadn't been afraid his entire life, as well, but I guess it happens to all of us at times.
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[User Picture]From: webwawa
2005-05-01 05:13 pm (UTC)
ive never been in an airplane that had a total second floor! i think i was in once that had a lounge upstairs but only grownups were allowed i think, but anyway... yea...
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-05-01 05:43 pm (UTC)
I've been on a 747 too, but not as a kid! And I never went upstairs. Our 340-500's have a 'downstairs' for crew only. It's my favorite part of the whole aircraft... it has beds. But passengers always try to come in because they think it leads to a bathroom, but anyway... yeah... =)
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[User Picture]From: adatewthd_nash4
2005-05-01 09:39 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to get on an airplane period. :) One of these days...
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[User Picture]From: adatewthd_nash4
2005-05-02 03:46 am (UTC)
...not like i haven't been on one. i just love flying.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-05-04 02:11 am (UTC)

Check-In Agent

Hey Susan! Can I ask you a huuuuuuge favor for me? I really hope you can do it!!! Please please please please infinity!!!! I know that cabin crew don't really interact with the check-in agents at Dubai but I was wondering if you can ask any check-in agent at Dubai what the essential requirements are to apply for the check-in agent position. I went on their website but it doesn't say anything about the requirements. Please please I hope you can do this for me!!! Thanx a lot Susan and take care! You can email me the answer if you want at J2theG_1@hotmail.com.

-Justin
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