Airbus has announced to present a study of its most energy efficient A380 yet at this years Paris Air Show. The new model includes aerodynamic improvements in particular new, large winglets and other wing refinements that allow for up to 4% fuel burn savings. Added to an optimized A380 maintenance program and the enhanced cabin features first shown at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in April, the overall benefit is a 13% cost per seat reduction versus today’s A380, Airbus said in its press release.

fuel efficiency with the new A380plus

Most Efficient A380 ever – the A380plus (credit: Airbus Industries)

The new winglets measure approximately 4,7 meters in height (an uplet of 3.5m, and a downlet of 1,2m). It is designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. The optimized cabin layout allows up to 80 additional seats with no compromise on comfort: redesigned stairs, a combined crew-rest compartment, sidewall stowage removal, a new 9-abreast seat configuration in premium economy and 11-abreast in economy.

The A380plus will have an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 578 tonnes providing the flexibility of carrying up to 80 more passengers over today’s range (8,200nm), or flying 300nm further.

“It is a new step for our iconic aircraft to best serve worldwide fast-growing traffic and the evolving needs of the A380 customers.”

John Leahy, Airbus COO Customers, explains: “The A380plus is an efficient way to offer even better economics and improved operational performance at the same time. The A380 is well-proven as the solution to increasing congestion at large airports, and in offering a unique, passenger-preferred experience. ”

Other Major Improvements

  • New Forward Stairs are relocated from door 1 to door 2 an combined with entrance to the upper deck and the adjacent staircase to the lower-deck crew rest. The new stairs will allow for 20 more passengers.
  • The flight-crew-rest compartment (behind the cockpit in the mezzanine area at Door 1) is moved down and combined with the cabin crew rest on the lower deck. This innovation frees space for three extra Premium-Economy passengers at the front of the main-deck.
  • 23 more passengers in Economy Class: Airbus is able to maintain an 18inch seat-width while offering airlines an 11-abreast Economy Class on the main-deck in a ‘3-5-3’ configuration. This enables an increase in capacity of 23 seats in Economy Class. For more information see

A380 Facts

  • 497 passengers is the airline’s average capacity of the A380s currently in operation today. With all A380 cabin enablers, the A380 average seat count would move from 497 to 575 in four classes, and generate significantly more revenue for airlines.
  • Over 170 million passengers have already enjoyed the experience of flying on board an A380 today.
  • Every two minutes, an A380 takes off or lands somewhere in the world.

Going To Fly an A380?

UnbenanntThen check in with the web site, where you can specifically select the A380 when booking a flight.

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useful equipment for running an airport on sale in Vienna

Although being an aviation geek or frequent traveler, you’ve probably never thought of running an airport yourself – or have you? Well I haven’t, but in case you’d be playing with this idea in your head, Travelzoner has just found the right place for you.

Our colleagues from Austrian Wings reported of a massive sale of airport vehicles and stuff sold by Vienna Airport. On sale is everything from trawlers and metal detectors to gangways, luggage containers, baggage belts, snowplows, air jetties, and even fully functional fire engines. Auction house Karner & Dechow, located in Austria, is selling the airport equipment. Follow the link to the 90 or so pieces on offer.

So here’s a selection of the most needed airport goods.

1. Metal Detector

Running an airport also means staying safe at all times. So you do want to check your passengers upon arrival or during check-in. The thing you’ll need is a metal detector.

Prices start at 340 Euro a piece and there are loads on offer.

2. Ground Transportation

Sure you’ll need to cart your passengers around your airport. So why not use one of the fully functional passenger buses that until very recently were in use at Vienna Airport.

The buses are roughly 20 years old and have some 180,000 km on their back, but are still running properly. Prices start at 5,500 Euro per bus.

3. Baggage Handling

The luggage of passengers has to be moved quickly. So you should also opt for some baggage handling equipment. Like baggage belts or baggage transporters. The auction offers plenty, so you can choose from anything starting at 50 Euro for a baggage trailer to 1,200 Euro for a container hub.

4. VIP Transportation

Vienna Airport even sells some luxury limousines in pristine order. Such as a Mercedes-Benz E250CDI Formatic for 8,600 Euro (289,000 km), a VW Passat bargain at 2,600 Euro (147,000 km) or a Audi A4 Avant for 7,500 Euro (148,000 km).

5. Boarding

Ready for boarding? You now need movable stairs, which at 350 Euro are rather cheap and come in various designs and functions.

6. Push & Pull Aircraft

Once you have your passengers on board a plane you’ll have to push back the jet. SO you definitely need push-back vehicles. These are massive in size and power (350 hp a piece), but can handle any modern jet. Prices start at 8,500 Euro for vehicles about 15 years old.

7. Stay Safe

Finally you should think of staying safe and be prepared for any emergencies. Such as fire for example. Karner & Dechow have just got the right thing for you. They sell different types of fire engines that were used at Vienna Airport. The 1,000 hp V-12 MAN-X31 8×8 from 1997 for 23,000 Euro

or the 350 hp ÖAF (Specia Vehicle) 15.292 FAE Commander dating back to 1991 at 7,000 Euro.

Whatever your choice, make it quick. The auction ends end of June 2017 and people are already bidding on the best pieces.

For those of you who do not plan on opening an airport – and I should think that’s the majority of my readers – hope you enjoyed the story anyway 😉 Thanks to Patrick and his team over at Austrian Wings – cool job you’re doing.

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a guy in the pool

Austria’s biggest travel agent RUEFA today announced Ruefa Gaytravel, its new product tailormade for the LGBTIQ-community. With the new service the agency aims to please an ever increasing community, offering everything from travel arrangements for the party people to a choice of gay friendly or gay only hotels, flights and car rentals.

hot guy by the pool

Cover of Ruefa’s new gay travel catalogue (credit: Ruefa)

I Have Time

…says the front page title of Ruefa’s new catalog. The initiative came from the two Ruefa employees Jürgen and Kurt Freudenthaler. The married couple originally was only planning on joining this year’s Vienna Pride Parade, campaigning for equal rights for gay couples, who by law in Austria still don’t get the same amount of days off for their honeymoon as heterosexual couples do. But the management board of Verkehrsbuero Group, owner of Ruefa travel agent, soon got involved, promoted Jürgen and Kurt’s idea, and assisted in putting together a whole LGBTIQ-travel product.


From idea to the real thing – married couple Jürgen and Kurt invented Ruefa’s new product for the LGBTIQ community (credit: Verkehrsbuero Group)

“It’s amazing to now see the final product”, Jürgen and Kurt Freudenthaler.

Safety First

The Spartacus Gay Travel Index 2017 lists 194 countries that are considered safe for homosexuals. So Ruefa only offers travels to these countries. Amongst those are destinations such as Greece, Spain, Florida (US), Costa Rica and South Africa, all ranked under the top 60 of the safest countries worldwide. Belgium ranks third, Spain #13 and Austria #18.

Of course Ruefa offers the well known party locations such as Gran Canaria or Miami. But the travel agency also has some tours and travel packages off the beaten track in its current program.

Kick Off During Vienna Pride Parade

Ruefa will be the first ever Austrian travel agent to staff an own parade truck during this years Vienna Pride Parade on Saturday June, 17. The Verkehrsbuero management team together with LGBTIQ-staff will join the truck and officially launch the new Ruefa Gaytravel program.

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Good luck Ruefa and Happy Landings!

What sounds very unpronounceable is actually a most beautiful region in the north-western part of Styria, which itself is a province of Austria. You can try by saying [gesɔ͜yse] – this is of course for those of you who are able to read the IPA. For all the others – just enjoy the pictures and visit the Gesäuse website. For us Travelzoners the Gesäuse became our second home two years ago, and a place where we love to go on weekends and vacations.

The center of Austria

The Gesäuse is located close enough to the middle of Austria. Over millions of years, the two rivers Salza and Enns have cut a massive gorge right through the delicate limestone rocks and created a unique mountain setting. Today the area is one of the treasured National Parks in Austria.

Admont, the village just outside the entrance to the Gesäuse, looks back on a thousand year history, with its cloisters and church set right in the center of the valley and mountains. It was the monks in the Stift Admont cloisters, who have imported culture to the region and over centuries attracted visitors from around the world. Later, in the early years of the 20th century, the first mountaineers came in and started pioneering up the many peaks of the region.

Here’s a quick tour of the Gesäuse to tease you…

1. Love For Rugged Mountains

Mountaineering is the thing to do in the Gesäuse. It’s a place for hardcore mountaineers, climbers and adventurers, its rugged mountains and deep gorges known to the real professionals. It is also a region for wild water action, ski touring, snowboarding, skiing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and a whole lot more.

2. Love For Wild Water

The next thing you’ll soon realize in the Gesäuse is the wild water running through it. In fact the gushing sounds of the river Enns gave the region its name (Gesäuse in German means something like the roaring of wild waters rushing through its river beds). The brave amongst our readers could try “rushing” through the rivers by themselves. We did our part and tried to conquer (which of course you’ll never do) the Enns river with a rafting boat.

Rafting 2, August 2016

one does get wet – very wet – when rafting on the Enns river

We booked a rafting tour at the local rafting tour provider A.O.S. – Adventure Outdoor Strobl, and “enjoyed” a rather bumpy ride down the Enns. And we did taste the awkwardly cold water when we capsized (to flip over they call it) right in the middle of a gigantic cataract monstrosity, which was a very unpleasent experience. We did fear for our lives while hitting the rocks beneath the ice cold water numerous times, trying to get safely back to shore. But we survived and at least had some fun.

3. Love For Hiking

In the Gesäuse you can just about hike up any path you’ll find and you’ll be in for a beautiful scenery, 100 % nature and a purest wildlife experience. It doesn’t get more primal than there.


stunning panoramas are the reward when finally having reached the peak

Look for summer activities at the Gesäuse website on and you can choose from 30 something hiking tours in the region. Here are some of the impressions we got during our latest tours.

4. Love for Magical Christmas

If you’re looking for Christmas like it used to be, or at least how you remember it being a little child, the Gesäuse sure is the place for you to be. In fact you’ll fall in love with Christmas all over again.

Apart from the regions scenic winter impressions, Admont and its neighboring villages boast plenty of Christmas markets and activities throughout December each year. With the Christmas market of Admont in walking distance, we regularly go there to visit and drink the odd “Glühwein” (mulled red wine) or punch.

In fact the region inspires us to exceed our Christmas decorations in our holiday home. But see for yourselves.

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How To Get There

You can find good connections to fly in to Salzburg or Vienna with any major airline. Salzburg is a little closer than Vienna, but you should expect to have a 1 1/2 (Salzburg) or 2 1/2 hours (Vienna) drive. In case you want to travel by train or bus, have a look on the travel details at

Alternatively you can contact the Tourism Association Gesäuse:
Hauptstraße 35, 8911
Admont, Austria
Phone +43 (0) 3613 21160 10
Fax +43 (0) 3613 21 160 40

Open all-year Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm