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Old March 8th, 2005, 01:44 AM   #341
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3 March 2005
FIRST SIX-VEHICLE A380 CONVOY ARRIVES IN TOULOUSE

The first six-vehicle A380 convoy, carrying three fuselage sections, two wings and the horizontal tail plane, arrived at Toulouse’s Jean-Luc Lagardère site at 1am on Thursday.

The fuselage sections are destined for the fifth production A380, and the wings and horizontal tail plane for the sixth aircraft.

The convoy is the longest to arrive at the A380 assembly line to date but Airbus’ transportation team did not encounter any significant difficulties during the journey, which began at Langon on the evening of 28 February. Due to the convoy’s length and the varying travel speed of each trailer however, an enhanced level of control and co-ordination was required. Around 70 people, including local police and logistics experts, accompanied the convoy.

Two custom-built types of trailer were used to transport the elements, one type for each of the three fuselage sections and horizontal tail plane, the other type for the wings. Engines installed on each trailer were designed to keep noise to a minimum and to cause the least disruption possible in built-up areas.

Throughout the journey, well-wishers lined the streets to see the aircraft and to take photographs. Despite sub-zero temperatures, at times hundreds of people were present to see the A380 pass, applauding the aircraft and wishing Airbus the best.
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FIRST SIX-VEHICLE A380 CONVOY ARRIVES IN TOULOUSE

This looks very strange,..
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Old March 11th, 2005, 09:58 PM   #343
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10 March 2005
‘FIRST TO FLY A380’ TOUCHES DOWN IN TOULOUSE


In early March, the vertical tailplane for A380 launch customer Singapore Airlines successfully completed its ‘first flight’ – a two and a half hour flight from Hamburg, Germany to Toulouse, France, on board Airbus’ Beluga super-transporter.

The 14.1 metre high, 12.9 metre wide tailplane features the airline’s ‘First to Fly A380’ logo , which took 11 days to paint and dry using environmentally-friendly chromate-free paint. Special cushioning between the component and the cargo pallets prevented any damage to the paint work during transit.
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Isn't this tail beautiful.
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Old March 11th, 2005, 10:43 PM   #345
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Old March 11th, 2005, 11:18 PM   #346
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Good Lord I love the A380 and the 787 as well. Can't wait to see these planes in action and see them fly.

I was wondering, is this how they're gonna build all the A380's? I'm not sure how planes are built but I thought building everything in the same area was the way to go instead of building one thing somewhere else and transporting it. I've never built a plane before but maybe someone could enlighten me.
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Old March 12th, 2005, 02:33 AM   #347
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^ It's done this way because airbus is a multi-nacional company, so it has factories in diferent countries (France, Spain, Germany and UK i think).
So, in the end, they have to get the parts together somewere.
It would probably be easier to built it all in toulouse, but i don't think the other countries besides france would be very happy with it.

This way, jobs are distributed through all the countries and not only in toulouse.
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Old March 16th, 2005, 06:39 PM   #348
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Airbus A380 in tarmac battle: Church, farmers runway fight threatens jobs
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16 March 2005

A church and a bunch of fruit farmers in one corner, one of Europe's most successful industrial companies, the city of Hamburg, and the German state in the other. At stake are hundreds of millions of euros for Germany's trade balance and the delicate national compromise at the heart of Europe's biggest aircraft manufacturer.

On paper, the fight by the church of Neuenfelde on the outskirts of Hamburg against the extension of the runway at Airbus Indusdrie's nearby plant seems hopeless.

But its continuing resistance is threatening to be one of the most serious in a series of problems that have beset the A380 superjumbo project in Germany.

The A380 is expected to make its maiden flight in the next few weeks from Airbus's headquarters at Toulouse in France.

The first 555-seater aircraft to roll out of the Toulouse assembly plant will then make their way later this year to Hamburg to be painted and furnished.

At the moment the runway in Hamburg is long enough to allow Airbus test pilots to fly in the aircraft for finishing work.

But because of special aviation regulations it is not long enough to allow airline pilots who will be flying the A380 for the first time to take delivery of the aircraft for customers.

Without a longer runway the finished A380s will have to be flown back to Toulouse by test pilots and delivered to airlines from there. Airbus had been aiming to deliver aircraft from both sites.

For Hamburg, the world's largest aviation city after Seattle and Toulouse, failure to build a longer runway might eventually mean job losses.

Hamburg's mayor, Ole von Beust, says: "It could mean more things move to Toulouse ... in the balance between the two cities it is vital." He warns it could put many jobs at risk over the longer term.

For Germany, the runway battle might also deliver a blow to its trade balance. To ensure that all the value of work carried out in Hamburg flows into Germany's trade account, the completed A380s will have to be delivered from Germany.

If the completed aircraft are flown back to Toulouse for delivery then France alone gains the benefit of a big trade boost.

Estimates of how much this could cost Germany are hard to come by. But German economists believe that based on the estimated delivery of several billion euros worth of aircraft from Hamburg to the Dubai-based Emirates airline next year, the loss to Germany's trade account could be several hundred million euros.

Airbus and Hamburg are working on a new plan for the runway after one farmer sold a piece of land after intense pressure from the city. That sale should allow the runway to be lengthened.

But the small church at Neuenfelde still owns land that is needed for a security zone around the runway. Hamburg is now seeking to amend the plans to allow for a smaller security zone.

If approved by a judge, the amended plans would allow A380s to be delivered from Hamburg from 2007 -- a year later than planned.
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Old March 18th, 2005, 03:40 PM   #349
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i second that..found the bigger image from Airbus website

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Old March 21st, 2005, 08:51 PM   #350
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!!! Thanks for the find!
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Old March 21st, 2005, 10:51 PM   #351
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Old March 22nd, 2005, 12:15 PM   #352
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But is it snowing or something? Seems like there are white speckles all over.
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Old March 27th, 2005, 10:59 AM   #353
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Old March 29th, 2005, 08:03 AM   #355
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The 853-passenger aeroplane
27 March 2005
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THE NEW A380 "superjumbo" is to undergo evacuation tests for a payload of 853 passengers, adding to fears that some airlines will use the biggest plane ever built to pack in an unprecedented number of seats. To pass the test, the evacuation must be complete in 90 seconds with only half the exits in operation.

Eleven passenger airlines have signed up to take the aircraft, though not all have announced the number of seats they will install. Of those that have, Singapore - which will be the first to fly the plane commercially next spring -expects to carry "about 500", and Virgin Atlantic will take a similar number. Emirates has the highest payload so far announced, intending to carry 649 people on some routes.

However, the fact that the manufacturer, Airbus, will attempt to have the plane licensed for more than 200 additional passengers indicates that it believes other airlines may want to pack in substantially higher numbers. Airbus originally promoted the A380 as carrying 555 people, but cabin configurations are the choice of individual airlines.
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Is it me, or is the lettering on the new SIA airbus extra large?
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 05:20 PM   #358
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10 March 2005
GP7200 ENGINE DEVELOPMENT REPORT

On March 8th, 2005 the GP7200 successfully conducted an eight-pound bird ingestion rig test at Pratt & Whitney's facility in East Hartford, CT. This test, one of the requirements for FAR 33 engine certification, further validated the robust design of the GP7200's hollow titanium swept fan blade. During the test one eight-pound bird was injected by cannon into the fan face at 200 knots velocity at simulated engine takeoff operating conditions. Test results showed no material was released from the fan blades. In addition, preliminary assessment indicates that the resulting unbalance following the bird impact was well within predicted levels. A blade inspection and strain gage data review are underway.
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Old April 3rd, 2005, 05:22 PM   #359
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AIRBUS PRESENTS A380 CABIN AT AIRCRAFT INTERIORS EXPO 2005

Airbus is underlining its leadership in cabin innovation at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIE) held in Hamburg, Germany from April 5th to 7th.

Airbus will present a full-scale A380 cabin being the highlight of its sizeable Hall 6 stand. The A380 mock-up will be about eight meters long and comprises fully-equipped sections of the main and upper deck as well as the forward stairs. It is the first public presentation of the most spacious passenger cabin ever created.

The A380 cabin mock-up and the Airbus stand will allow visitors to experience first-hand Airbus’ concepts of space, ambience, versatility and maintainability of the cabin.

The A380 double-deck cabin will introduce a new way of flying for the 21st century by offering 50 per cent more floor space than old generation aircraft giving airlines unprecedented branding opportunities for their product. Passengers and crews in the A380 will enjoy an unequalled feeling of space and comfort, whether while working or relaxing.

For airlines, the A380 cabin offers unmatched layout flexibility that adapts to airlines’ own markets and cabin products. Innovative tools developed by Airbus for differentiating the cabin ambience are opening new possibilities for airlines to individualize their cabin product.

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the A380 engine


the A380 transport vessel in Hamburg


in Toulouse


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