Safety Fears After A380 On-Board Safari Incident
SAFETY concerns have been raised about the A380 super-jumbo after two passengers were attacked by lions during their on-board safari.
The two business class passengers had to be rescued when their Land Rover became bogged down near a watering hole and they tried to get back to their flat-bed seats on foot.
The incident comes as Airbus announced that the next generation of A380s will feature a 25,000 seat auditorium based on the Roman Colosseum.
Vasily Borodin, vice-president of Russia's Aeroflot, said first class passengers will be able choose up to a dozen people from economy and then command them to fight to the death.
"The winners and their families will be upgraded, so we should get some terrific contests," he added.
But the giant plane has been criticised by business travellers after it emerged that its on-board golf course was only nine holes, and not the 7000-yard championship links as originally promised.
Jean Floriette, A380 lead designer, said new planes coming off the production line would be upgraded to include a Jack Niklaus designed 18-hole course with club house and spa, although he admitted this could lead to compromises elsewhere.
He said: "We may end up having to cut back a bit on the grouse moor, but there's already a stag hunt and some world-class salmon fishing, so we hope this minor change will not inconvenience passengers too much."
He said there was no question of the A380 jettisoning Der Stuka®, its six storey high water slide which sends passengers down a 250 feet near vertical drop and on to a 300 foot long runway.