Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Airbus Kinder Surprise A330-300

I got this unique limited-edition collectible from a friend who flew in from Japan aboard a Philippines Airlines flight. The Airbus Kinder Surprise 5-pack is a box filled with five chocolate eggs, each egg containing a model of an Airbus A330-300 plane in different liveries. 

The liveries include Lufthansa, Airbus, Turkish Airlines, Asiana Airlines and a fantasy Kinder brand livery. The planes are small, probably 1:600 by the size of it. They are also not die-cast metal, but plastic, and are disassembled to fit inside the egg.The box has a clear plastic cover and has a smaller box inside which doubles as a display case. Each plane also comes with a plastic stand.

This is not the scale that I usually collect but I liked this collection for its uniqueness (the box says it is only available for air travellers, so these can only be bought in duty-free shops and onboard during flight).The cholocate covering the eggs is also a delicious bonus!

Model: Airbus A330-300
Livery: Airbus, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Kinder
Provenance: Philippine Airlines onboard duty-free
Price: $16
Notes: made of plastic, 1:600 scale

Monday, November 25, 2013

Head to Head: Airbus A380 vs Boeing 747-8

Boeing and Airbus have been competing in the passenger jet market since the 70s, and until 2007, Boeing ruled the wide-body arena with its 747 airliner. Airbus finally  came up with an answer, the A380, which became the largest passenger airliner in the world when it was introduced. Not to be outdone, Boeing also updated the 747 by introducing the 747-8 Intercontinental. I finally got both models this year.

Here's how the two airliners compare in real life: 

Boeing 747-8
Length: 250 ft 
Wingspan: 224 ft 
Cabin Width: 20.1 ft 
Height: 63 ft 
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 448,000 kg
Max Passengers:  605
Range: 9210 miles
Price:  $357.5 million

Airbus A380
Length: 238.6 ft 
Wingspan: 261.6 ft 
Fuselage Width: 23.4 ft 
Height: 80.2 ft 
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 575,000 kg
Max Passengers: 853 (one class)
Range: 9755 miles
Price: $403.9 million

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