Hit Me! Airbus Considers A380 Casino | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 07.20.15

Airborne 07.21.15

Airborne 07.22.15

Airborne 07.23.15

Airborne 07.24.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 07.20.15

Airborne 07.21.15

Airborne 07.22.15

Airborne 07.23.15

Airborne 07.24.15

EAA/ANN AirVenture Innovation Preview

AIP-#1 Vimeo

AIP-#2 Vimeo

AIP-Part 1 YouTube

AIP-Part 2 YouTube

Sat, Feb 16, 2008

Hit Me! Airbus Considers A380 Casino

But Declined To Give Odds On EOS

When you visit Las Vegas, it's overwhelming to see the money spent on the hotels and casinos there. Floating casinos on cruise ships have been with us for years, and the game of poker was invented on a Mississippi riverboat over a century ago.

So, it should come as no surprise that Airbus claims continued interest in turning the A380, the world's largest airliner, into a flying casino. The planemaker touted onboard gaming opportunities when the superjumbo was first unveiled... but airlines expressed little serious interest, since gaming tables take up valuable floor space that could hold high-density seating.

But that may be changing -- especially when it comes to outfitting the private "Flying Palace" version of the plane.

"We have had interests from customers who would like to do something like (casinos)," said David Velupillai, marketing director for Airbus's executive and private aviation division, to Agence-France Presse. "We had discussions with several customers about it."

After all, the A380 has 50 percent more floor space than a Boeing 747, and has already pulled in over 200 firm orders -- many from areas of Asia where economies, and gambling, are now booming. In fact, gaming revenues from the southern Chinese territory of Macau have already overtaken the Las Vegas Strip, and may surpass those of the greater Las Vegas region in 2008. Singapore will also open its first casino next year.

So -- assuming engineers can solve the problems posed by roulette wheels that move when the plane turns, or dice which take an extra hop going through turbulence -- how soon might we see an A380 filled with gaudy carpets, scantily-clad hostesses and rows of mesmerized senior citizens staring at slot machines?

Airbus says the first A380 flying casino could enter service in 2012... but, perhaps having learned its lesson from past A380 delays, it declined to give odds.

FMI: www.airbus.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne At OSH15 Day 5 Redux: Inhofe's Mission, NextGen GA Fund, New Kitfox

Also: Cicare 8, Switchblade Update, Beringer Alaskan Bush Gear, Jack Pelton Interview - Final E-I-C Note: Regularly Daily Airborne Unlimited Programming will resume this Monday now>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.01.15)

The BD-5 Web Site The official home of the BD-5 network, the purpose of this web site is to provide information about the Bede Aircraft BD-5, an experimental, homebuilt, single-sea>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.01.15): Notice To Airmen (NOTAM)

A notice containing information (not known sufficiently in advance to publicize by other means) concerning the establishment, condition, or change in any component (facility, servi>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.01.15)

"The fairing separation is one of our very first critical events. If it doesn't work as planned, it's probable the mission cannot continue." Source: Mike Hawes, Lockheed Martin Ori>[...]

ANN FAQ: Aero-Twitters Offer Instant Alerts For Breaking News

Say Hello To Aero-Twitter! Twitter is designed to work on a mobile phone as well as on a computer (and can be accessed via your IM clients). All Twitter messages (called "Tweets", >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC