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Traveling by the Largest Plane in the World Airbus A380

The official launching of the biggest plane in the world, Airbus A380 took place in January in 2009, at the company’s place whose headquarters are in Toulouse. Airbus A380, largest airplane is the world’s first full double-deck passenger aircraft. The first flight was Toulouse, France on 27 April 2005 and the first transatlantic one was to Colombia on January 2006. The investment made in order to produce Airbus A380, which was a response to the Boeing 747 amounted to $12.2 billion. There are currently two versions of Airbus A380 available – the 550-seat passenger version and a freighter, the Airbus A380F, with stretched versions of both planned. Its capacity is of 853 passengers, where 396 are on business class. It has overcome all the previous airplanes ever built, due to its interior design and specifications.

Flight Attendant for Airbus A380
Flight Attendant for Airbus A380
As its structure is concerned, access through the plane is made through different jet bridges and the two traveling business and economy class are situated on separate floors. A long staircase makes the access possible between the two decks. Comfort is visible even for economy class inside Airbus A380. Premium passengers are dedicated the upper-deck of the jet. All the beds, no matter the traveling class can be turned into full-sized beds (190 cm in length), equipped with both pillow and matress. Moreover, if traveling on first class, then you will have your own mini-bar. If you want to take a shower, then you can choose one of the two shower cabins, but watch out, water is available only for five minutes. What’s more, you have to book them one hour in advance in order to take a short shower.



Business Class in Airbus A380
Business Class in Airbus A380

Comfortable Sofa in Airbus A380
Comfortable Sofa in Airbus A380

There are four seats rows inside Airbus A380. Each passenger can choose a great amount of films available on the 17-inch touch screen. In addition, you also have an electric plug, 2 USB ports and and a remote-control combined with a satellite phone. Every passenger on business class has a very comfortable seat, with a door that can be closed in order to have more privacy during the flight. The passengers that would like to seat more comfortable can have a seat on the couch available along the walls, but without to forget to fasten their seatbelts.
Crew Accommodation
Crew Accommodation

First Class Private Seat in Airbus A380
First Class Private Seat in Airbus A380

There are three stickers available on each chair for the flight attendants to know what to do – to wake up the passenger for duty free services, not to disturb him or to wake him up for lunch.
Flight Attendant Airbus A380 - Shower Cabin
Flight Attendant Airbus A380 - Shower Cabin


If you would like to catch a glimpse of the outside view, then you will receive the device which will help you do that, through the external video-camera the airplane has in front. Premium passengers can help themselves with free drinks and snacks from one of the two bars available on the deck.
Free Bar in Airbus A380
Free Bar in Airbus A380


Luxurious Bathroom in Airbus A380
Luxurious Bathroom in Airbus A380

If you need to go to the bathroom, then you can choose from the 15 cabins available – ten on the first deck and five on the second. The center of the cabin accommodates nine crew members.
Luxurious Suites in Airbus A380
Luxurious Suites in Airbus A380

Pilot Cabin in Airbus A380, the Largest Plane in the World
Pilot Cabin in Airbus A380, the Largest Plane in the World

The largest airplane in the world has 2 pilots, 4 head stewards, 4 first-class stewards, 8 business-class stewards, 8 economy-class stewards, 1 bathhouse attendant, responsible for the showers. 2 additional pilots and 1 extra bathhouse attendant are additionally employed for 14-hour long flights, making it a total of 30 crew members.
Plane Crew - Emirates, Airbus A380
Plane Crew - Emirates, Airbus A380

Airbus A380 was the special ‘guest’ of Berlin Airshow that took place this year in June, 12th, which took place on Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. The three airplanes belonged to Lufthansa and Emirates. After the departure of these two aircraft from Berlin, Airbus brought its own A380 flight test aircraft for the show’s final days.
Premium Passengers Seat - Bed in Airbus A380
Premium Passengers Seat - Bed in Airbus A380

Seat Rows in Airbus A380
Seat Rows in Airbus A380

Stairs Between First and Second Deck in Airbus A380
Stairs Between First and Second Deck in Airbus A380

Some technical data and specifications of Airbus A380:
Powerplants
A380-800 – Four 311kN (70,000lb), initially derated to 302kN (68,000lb), later growing to 374kN (84,000lb) thrust Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or 363kN (81,500lb) thrust Engine Alliance (General Electric-Pratt & Whitney) GP-7200 turbofans.

Performance
A380-800 – Max cruising speed M 0.88. Long range cruising speed M 0.85. Range 14,800km (8,000nm). Service ceiling 43.000ft (13,100m)A380-800F – Range 10,370km (5,600nm).

Weights
A380-800 – Operating empty 277,000kg (610,700lb), max takeoff 560,000kg (1,234,600lb).
A380-800F – Operating empty 252,000kg (555,600lb), max takeoff 590,000kg (1,300,700lb).

Dimensions
A380-800 – Wing span 79.8m (261ft 10in), length 72,75m (238ft 8in). Height 24,08 m (79ft)

Capacity
A380-800 – Flightcrew of two. Standard seating for 555 passengers on two decks in a three class arrangement. Qantas plans to fit its aircraft with 523 seats (in three classes). A380 has 49% more floor area but only 35% more seats (in 555 seat configuration) than the 747-400, allowing room for passenger amenities such as bars, gymnasiums and duty free shops. Cargo capacity 38 LD3s or 13 pallets.

Production
149 firm orders (including 27 freighters) by January 2005. Airbus has forecast a market for approx 1235 airliners of 400 seats and above through to 2020. First deliveries in early 2006.
Stickers for Passengers in Airbus A380
Stickers for Passengers in Airbus A380

The Largest Airplane in The World - Airbus A380
The Largest Airplane in The World - Airbus A380

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Love Parade

Love Parade is the greatest techno parade in the world, one of the oldest electronic event. It approaches musical styles, such as Trance, House and Schranzt. First, Hardcore and Gabber were the main music genre at Love Parade. It was first organised in Berlin in 1989 and was repeated ever since until the summer of 2006, with an interruption between 2004-2005. Because of the mess left behind by participants, it was decided that between 2007-2011 the parade should be hosted in different cities of Germany. The number of participants increased from 150 in 1989 to 1,5 million in 1999. During all these years, over 11 million people have been participating in this parade. The second host-town after Berlin, that hosted on the 25th of August 2007 over 1.200.000 million people was Essen. The next events will take place in the following cities: Bochum (2009), Duisburg (2010) and Geselkirchen (2011). The fans of Love Parade go up and down Unter Den Linden, through Brandenburger Tor, a gate that used to divide Germany into two before 1989.

Love Parade - Berlin
Love Parade - Berlin
The name of the event is trademark. For this reason, the company in charge with this competition has to take care of advertising, such as CDs, clubs, vendors of soft drinks.Every year the parade has a motto and an anthem. For the first time, this event had the motto : “Friede, Freunde, Eierkuchen” (“Peace, friends, egg cakes”) being considered a political demonstration until 2001 to save the spendings. Afterwards, the number of teenagers who started to enjoy this kind of event doubled. In 1997, a separate group was settled that of “Hateparade”, whose target was to advertise the techno trend. In 2001, the motto of the parade was “Access Peace”, due to the 11th September, 2001 terrorist attack.

In 2004, “Love Week” was organised in some night clubs in Berlin with the motto “Fight the power”, where over 20.000 young people participated in. In 2005, because of the financial issues, the parade did not take place. After two years of pause, the parade took place in Berlin on the 15th of July, 2006 with the motto “The Love is Back”. Last year, the parade took place in Dortmund, on the 19th of July, on the B1 highway, with the motto “Highway to Love”. Love Parade is also celebrated in many other countries in the world: Tel Aviv, Viena, Mexico-City, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile and Zurich, yet Germany is considered the greatest parade-host, bearing the “Mutter Parade” (“Mother Parade”) name.

Love Parade is the place where adult exhibit their sport skimpy clothes, alternative make-up and use toys and masks. Very often, the parade is thought to be “the greatest amateur circus on earth”. As equipment is concerned, there are about 40-50 trucks usually sponsored by clubs or record labels and feature the local djs, these have the best atmosphere, hot dancers on top. Some people are just following these trucks, whereas others prefer to jump in. At the end of the demonstration there is a mix of about half an hour, just
as the one at Sensation White, called “Abschlusskundgebung”, which consists of sets of the world’s leading top DJs such as DJ Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, DJ Rush, DJ Hell, Westbam, Drum Connection, Miss Djax or Chris Liebing.

Because of the high costs it implied, in 2001, the courts ruled that the Love Parade had to be held as commercial event. This was due to the fact that in Germany, in case of a political demonstration, the government has to pay the costs of cleaning up the streets after the event. And, in the case of a commerical event, then the organizer must support all these costs which usually amount to €300,000 to €400,000.

Year Artist Title
1997 Dr. Motte and WestBam Sunshine
1998 Dr. Motte and WestBam One World One Future
1999 Dr. Motte and WestBam Music Is the Key
2000 Dr. Motte and WestBam Love Parade 2000
2001 The Love Committee You Can’t Stop Us
2002 The Love Committee Access Peace
2003 The Love Committee Love Rules
2006 WestBam & the Love Committee United States of Love
2007 WestBam & the Love Committee Love Is Everywhere (New Location)
2008 WestBam & the Love Committee Highway to Love


Berlin Love Parade
Berlin Love Parade

Love Parade 2007 Essen
Love Parade 2007 Essen

Love Parade in Berlin
Love Parade in Berlin


Love Parade Preparations in Berlin
Love Parade Preparations in Berlin

Love Parade
Love Parade

Hi-Flyer (Die Welt Balloon in Berlin)

Berlin’s Hi-Flyer is a trademark, the biggest helium balloons in the world. The “Welt-Balloon” has a sort of a gondola where visitors ascend silently above Berlin. One shouldn’t worry about their safety, it ascends to about 150 metres (450 ft) but it is restrained by a cable attached to the ground. In addition, the Balloon is conducted by a pilot. The “Welt-Balloon” ‘journey’ is above Checkpoint Charlie, the Axel-Springer-Building and the Brandenburger Tor, where the 360° view is surely a breathtaking one! During summer, the Hi-Flyer schedule is on till 00:30, when the balloon is also illuminated, so a night tour together with your family or friends is the ideal choice for the end of day.

Die Welt Balloon
Die Welt Balloon
The trip lasts for about 15 minutes, including ascending and descending. The platform where the balloon is situated is a green area, similar to a park, where events can take place. The number of passengers that can take on during one tour is from 5 to 30, but this depends mainly on wind and atmospheric pressure conditions. Die Welt Balloon is situated in the neighbourhood from Checkpoint Charlie, corner of Wilhelmstraße and Zimmerstraße (by subway, get down at U2 Mohrenstraße and U6 Kochstraße). The ride is available all year-around. The Balloon is wheelchair accessible.

Some technical data concerning Die Welt Balloon are listed below:
The aircraft
Identification D-ORKA
Type of vessel manned captive balloon
Model FK 5500 / STU
Factory No. 6016
Dimensions
Highest point of ascent 150 m
Height in secured condition 36 m
Balloon diameter 22.5 m
Balloon surface area 1,250 m²
Diameter of gondola rotation 5.2 m
Gondola capacity max. 30 Passengers
Diameter of take-off and landing platform 9.4 m
Minimum size of location 80 x 80 m
Anchoring
Anchoring points 24 Each
Storm safety / anchoring points 72 Each
Weight of anchoring 200 t
Winch
Weight 10 t
Maximum tension speed 40 m/min
Main rope diameter / Steel (tenfold safety)
Gas 23 mm
Helium filling 5.500 m³

Berlin from Die Welt Balloon
Berlin from Die Welt Balloon


Die Welt Balloon by night
Die Welt Balloon by night

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