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Old October 17th, 2005, 08:27 PM   #741
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According to Airbus, the second A380 to fly, c/n 004, will take off tomorrow Tuesday 18th October.
I've just been looking on the http://www.planepictures.net and I cant work out how many A380's they have built so far. I've counted about 2 that are in full paint.
Here we have the two painted ones.I says that the blue one is "001" and white one "004". It also says the white one should be flying for the first time this week.

Then there is this one.
It says this one is which is "002" which is to set to first fly in November.

Then this one which is "003".

Then there is this one it says it is "009".

Then there is this one it says it is '006".


A380 built so far.
001 Blue test plane.
002 Blue test plane.
003 First Singapore Airlines plane.
004 White test plane.
005?
006 Singapore Airlines.
007?
008?
009 Airbus and Etihad Airways.
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they have allready 3 built, and one is just rolled out.

001, 002 and 004 are allready been build, and 003 is just rolled out. that's the first commercially A388.
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Ok so what are "006" and "009" then.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 12:26 PM   #744
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Known A380 Seat Layouts:

Seats:
..................F......J....Y+...Y....Total

AF...............9.....80...0....451..540
EK (1)..........?.....?.....0.....?.....489
EK (2)..........?.....?.....0.....?.....517
EK (3)..........0.....?.....0.....?.....644
QF...............?.....?.....?.....?.....501
SQ...............?.....?.....?.....?.....480
Kingfisher......?.....?.....?.....?.....496
QF aren't putting 501 seats into the A380 anymore. They will only have 474 in a three class layout.
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QF aren't putting 501 seats into the A380 anymore. They will only have 474 in a three class layout.
yes, but that's in another a380, this one i mention is another.
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A380 C/n 002, 003, 006 & 009 New Pics

Here are some brand new pics of the A380 c/n 002, 003, 006 & 009 ...

And the 003 & 006 are wearing the SIA rear tail ...

Have Fun there : http://www.spot-france.net/recherche...gs%20Airslides
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THE SECOND A380 TAKES TO THE AIR

THE SECOND A380 TAKES TO THE AIR
Flight testing has passed 100th flight

The second A380 (MSN004) has successfully taken to the air today at 10.49 a.m, joining the first A380 (MSN001) in the flight test campaign which started on 27th April. Since its first flight, MSN001 has successfully completed more than 100 flights and over 350 flight hours.

The maiden flight of the second aircraft, equipped with four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engine, is taking place above the region west of Toulouse and over the South West of France. The flight crew comprises experiment test-pilots Peter Chandler, and Richard Monnoyer, as well as the test flight engineer Pascal Verneau, and flight test engineers Didier Ronceray and Robert Lignee.

MSN004 is equipped with a heavy test instrumentation and is joining the first A380 in the flight test campaign, which includes environmental trials, where it will prove full functionality of engines, systems and materials under extreme weather conditions and altitude. The hot and high campaigns and cold weather trials will take place in the first half of next year. During these latter trials, the aircraft will be exposed to up to minus 40 degrees, while assuring full functionality. electromagnetic interference (EMI) tests will also be undertaken in the first half of next year, to ascertain the resistance of the aircraft to electromagnetic fields.

Charles Champion, Chief Operating Officer and Head of the A380 Programme, says: “The tests are going better than we expected and we can already say with certitude that we will deliver a great aircraft, which will live up to the expectations of the airlines and bring a step change to air transport. I am certain that the second test aircraft will continue to show that the A380 combines technological innovation with extraordinary quality and reliability.”

With 105 flights and 366 flight hours, the first A380 (MSN001) is yielding very good results, and is in fact ahead of the test programme schedule. Already accomplished tests, including aerodynamics, low speed and flight vibration tests, show very good conformity with the data collected on flight simulators in preparation of the test flights. Thanks to the precision of test results, early autoland tests could start on the 17th flight, only one month after first flight.

A380 number one is now scheduled to visit Frankfurt for a first airport compatibility test at the end of this month.

In total five A380 aircraft will be involved in the flight test programme. MSN001 is mainly used for loads identification and development of flight control. MSN004 will be flying performance tests. Two additional aircraft will be equipped with full cabin installations and will undergo cabin and noise tests, as well as performing the Early Long Flights and later the Route Proving, together with further airport compatibility checks. A fifth aircraft will be used for the trials linked to the Engine Alliance GP7200 engine. The full A380 test programme represents more than 2500 flight hours.

Upon completion of the certification process the world’s largest commercial airliner will be delivered to the first operator Singapore Airlines in late 2006. The A380 is already a proven success story, with 159 orders from 16 customers.

Airbus is a joint EADS company with BAE Systems.
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SECOND A380 TOOK-OFF IN THE AIR.



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http://membres.lycos.fr/airbus/1er%2...0380%20004.htm
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THE SECOND A380 TAKES TO THE AIR
Flight testing has passed 100th flight

The second A380 (MSN004) has successfully taken to the air today at 10.49 a.m, joining the first A380 (MSN001) in the flight test campaign which started on 27th April. Since its first flight, MSN001 has successfully completed more than 100 flights and over 350 flight hours.

The maiden flight of the second aircraft, equipped with four Rolls Royce Trent 900 engine, is taking place above the region west of Toulouse and over the South West of France. The flight crew comprises experiment test-pilots Peter Chandler, and Richard Monnoyer, as well as the test flight engineer Pascal Verneau, and flight test engineers Didier Ronceray and Robert Lignee.

MSN004 is equipped with a heavy test instrumentation and is joining the first A380 in the flight test campaign, which includes environmental trials, where it will prove full functionality of engines, systems and materials under extreme weather conditions and altitude. The hot and high campaigns and cold weather trials will take place in the first half of next year. During these latter trials, the aircraft will be exposed to up to minus 40 degrees, while assuring full functionality. electromagnetic interference (EMI) tests will also be undertaken in the first half of next year, to ascertain the resistance of the aircraft to electromagnetic fields.

Charles Champion, Chief Operating Officer and Head of the A380 Programme, says: “The tests are going better than we expected and we can already say with certitude that we will deliver a great aircraft, which will live up to the expectations of the airlines and bring a step change to air transport. I am certain that the second test aircraft will continue to show that the A380 combines technological innovation with extraordinary quality and reliability.”

With 105 flights and 366 flight hours, the first A380 (MSN001) is yielding very good results, and is in fact ahead of the test programme schedule. Already accomplished tests, including aerodynamics, low speed and flight vibration tests, show very good conformity with the data collected on flight simulators in preparation of the test flights. Thanks to the precision of test results, early autoland tests could start on the 17th flight, only one month after first flight.

A380 number one is now scheduled to visit Frankfurt for a first airport compatibility test at the end of this month.

In total five A380 aircraft will be involved in the flight test programme. MSN001 is mainly used for loads identification and development of flight control. MSN004 will be flying performance tests. Two additional aircraft will be equipped with full cabin installations and will undergo cabin and noise tests, as well as performing the Early Long Flights and later the Route Proving, together with further airport compatibility checks. A fifth aircraft will be used for the trials linked to the Engine Alliance GP7200 engine. The full A380 test programme represents more than 2500 flight hours.

Upon completion of the certification process the world’s largest commercial airliner will be delivered to the first operator Singapore Airlines in late 2006. The A380 is already a proven success story, with 159 orders from 16 customers.

Airbus is a joint EADS company with BAE Systems.
Wow, that's really cool.
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Indian chip to power Airbus A380, Boeing Dreamliner

When the world's largest passenger jet, Airbus A380, takes to the skies in 2007, it would rely on an Indian chip to communicate with ground controllers.

Believe it or not, a version of the same chip would find a place in Airbus' trans-Atlantic rival Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the latest flying machine coming out from the US aerospace firm.

"Co-developed and verified" by Indian IT major, HCL Technologies, this chip would be integrated into the system data acquisition computer of the aircraft, a top company official has said.

The software would be used for real time advanced data communication needs of on-board critical electronic devices and the delivery to Airbus would happen by this year-end, HCL Vice President and Head of Aerospace, Sanjay Ganju said.

"The delivery to Airbus for its A 380 programme will take place in the current year through the tier-1 partner of Airbus and that of Boeing will happen after the integration phase of the Dreamliner," he said.

The company started this chip development about four years back and received the contract from the first tier partner of Toulouse-based aeronautics major about three years ago for the largest airplane ever built.

Code-named Super Jumbo, A-380 is a double-decker aircraft with a capacity to seat 555 passengers under a three-class configuration and capability to fly non-stop about 8,000 nautical miles.

"The chip will also handle all the network traffic across communication, navigation, surveillance and several other on-board subsystems, which are critical for the flight safety and operations," Ganju said.

For Boeing's 787 Dreamliner project, he said, HCL was working on development of large complex software platform for aggregation and manipulation of the data during the flight tests.

"We are also working on several subsystems using the latest technologies to modularise most of the software development, which will make the future changes and maintenance of onboard software easier and quicker," Ganju said.

Other than Boeing and Airbus, he said HCL has been providing its expertise and services to many aircraft manufacturers in the world, including Brazil's Embraer and Canada's Bombardier, either directly or through their Tier-1 partners (to whom the aircraft maker gave the direct sourcing contract) for their ongoing aircraft development projects.

"We have identified the potential of this sector and began concentrating on this sector about six years back. We will be investing a considerable part of our revenue for research and development works in this sector," he said, adding his company would aim to bag a major chunk of services market in aerospace software and hardware sector.

According to NASSCOM, outsourcing in aerospace sector is a huge market and it is estimated that Indian IT firms can look at $1 billion revenue from this market over the next four to five years.
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Old October 27th, 2005, 05:22 PM   #753
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Frankfurt gets ready for first test landing of A380 super jumbo

FRANKFURT, Oct 27 (AFP) - Frankfurt airport, Europe's second-busiest after London Heathrow, was abuzz with the preparations this week for the first test landing of Airbus' new super-jumbo, the A380, as part of extensive testing that the jet still has to undergo before it enters commercial operation.

Tempers have been running high all week at continental Europe's largest air hub as it prepares to welcome the new giant of the skies when its touches down at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) on Saturday for eight hours of tests.

And the airport's maintenance and technical staff have been working around the clock to set up barriers, build special viewing enclosures for the general public and set up stands for masses of television cameras teams and journalists vying to catch a glimpse of the new mega-jet, which went on its maiden flight in France earlier this year.

Upwards of 20,000 spectators are expected to crowd into the public compound set up specially at the south end of the airport, the site of the former military Rhein-Main air base, on Saturday morning.

Security is also set to be extremely tight for the hundreds of journalists who will watch the landing from special press viewing areas slightly closer to the world's biggest passenger jet.

Public and media alike will be allowed to view the A380 from a distance -- no-one will be allowed on board -- until midday (1000 GMT). And then extensive testing will be carried out before the super-jumbo wings it way homewards to Toulouse in France at 8:00 am (0700 GMT) on Sunday.

Every single tiny procedure, so familiar and mundane to everyday airline passengers, will be gone through in the minutest detail, from embarking and disembarking, to the loading of food and drinks, luggage and fuel.

The double-decker boarding bridges, designed and built especially for the A380 allowing simultaneous boarding of economy and higher-class passengers, will be tested for the first time, as will the brand-new catering vehicle capable of lifting the containers of food and drink 8.4 metres in the air.

Re-fuelling of the new aircraft, which can carry between 555 and 840 passengers, will be carried out by two tankers simultaneously. And also on the programme on Saturday -- where temperatures are scheduled to reach an unseasonally warm 20 degrees -- will be a de-frosting of the plane's windscreens.

The myriad tests are all part of the year-long certification process of the new jet, which measures 80 metres in wingspan and 73 metres in length, which was unveiled for the first time in Toulouse in April.

Frankfurt airport is currently investing around 100 million euros (121 million dollars) in renovating its two terminals, not least in order to be able to handle the new super-size A380.

It was therefore Frankfurt that was chosen for the first test landing of the aircraft outside Airbus' own runway in Toulouse, rather than, say, London Heathrow or Paris Charles de Gaulle, which are not so far advanced with their preparations.

The A380 is scheduled to enter commercial operation at the end of 2006, when Singapore Airlines will be the first airline to use the jet.

Airports currently able to handle the Jumbo Boeing 747 will not need to build extra long runways for the A380, since its take-off and landing distance is shorter than the rival Boeing 747.

Nevertheless, taxi-ing space for the jet on the ground will have to be increased to take into account the larger wingspan.

And given the heavier weight of the aircraft, up to 540 tonnes maximum, the runways will have to be reinforced to cope with the A380.
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A380 test for KLIA on Nov 10

BY B.K. SIDHU

COME Nov 10, the world’s largest ever passenger aircraft, the A380, will land on Malaysian soil in its maiden test flight out of Europe, an event that is expected to fully test the technical and system capabilities at the KL International Airport (KLIA).

But, it is nothing that KLIA cannot handle, says Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Seri Bashir Ahmad, and “we would want to take advantage to familiarise the A380 with our airport staff, operations and equipment’’.

The arrival will give KLIA the first taste of how to handle an aircraft that can seat 555 passengers, has double-decks and allows for the configuration of the passenger boarding bridge positioning. It also allows the Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and its parent, Penerbangan Malaysia Bhd (PMB), to gain first-hand knowledge of the aircraft.

“We are excited about the A380 and are looking forward to the test flight as it gives us a chance to handle it at our airport. We can learn the aircraft requirements in terms of taxing, docking and others,’’ Bashir said yesterday.

The estimated arrival time of the aircraft is 11.25am and it will depart the same night. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is expected at the welcoming ceremony together with members of the aviation industry. Later, the aircraft will be towed to the KLIA satellite building where the public can see it from the viewing galleries.


PMB has ordered six A380s. The initial scheduled delivery of early 2007 has been delayed to mid-year due to some work that is yet to be done by aircraft manufacturer Airbus before the A380 takes off for commercial flights.

The test flight, or airport compatibility verification test, began last week from Toulouse in France and, by Saturday, it will land in Frankfurt before taking off to the Far East. Besides KLIA, the A380 will stop at Singapore’s Changi, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. After that, it will be on display at the Dubai Air Show in the second half of November.

The A380 is fast becoming a major growth area in air travel, especially in the Far East, as most carriers have ordered the aircraft in the hope of flying more passengers and reducing frequencies. Airlines are investing not just in aircraft purchases, but also staff training, building separate hangars, and cabin and in-flight services. Airports are also investing in operational readiness, as no airport wants to be left out of the potential of handling more passengers.

Airbus has an order book of 159 A380s from 16 customers. This includes PMB, Singapore Airlines (SIA), Thai International, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and Qantas Airways. SIA will be first to take delivery of the A380 before the end of 2006. Changi has invested S$68mil in airport infrastructure to cater for the big bird, so have Bangkok and Australian airports. Frankfurt Airport committed this week that it would spend US$120mil for A380 readiness.

Malaysia Airports will spend RM110mil in preparation for the A380. This includes building five aerobridges, upgrading and enhancement of the KLIA runway and taxiway shoulders. Malaysia Airports expects to finalise its financial restructuring before the year is out and the funding for the A380 readiness will be from internal sources.

Bashir said tenders were open (advertised on Oct 3) for the modification and would close on Nov 21. So far, 17 interested parties have collected tender documents.

The modifications will be completed within a year and, apart from MAS, Emirates has indicated keen interest to fly its A380 into KLIA.

“Malaysia Airports will upgrade the airport from Code E to Code F (airport specification) to meet aircraft requirements,’’ Bashir said.

Turning to the low-cost airline terminal (LCAT), Bashir said it would be completed by March 2006. It would have a gross area of 28,000 sq m, 30 aircraft stands and would cater for up to 10 million passengers yearly.

The cost of development is RM108mil.
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SIA to get A380 in November 2006

HONG KONG: Singapore Airlines Ltd, which will be the first carrier to fly the Airbus SAS A380, is scheduled to receive the world's biggest passenger aircraft by November 2006, Airbus chief commercial officer John Leahy said.

“We expect to deliver two aircraft by the end of 2006,'' Leahy said in an interview in Tokyo yesterday.

Airbus is delaying first deliveries of the A380 after the company shut the model's production line for three months to configure wiring. Singapore Airlines, originally scheduled to receive the first plane in April 2006, will decide whether to begin commercial services with the A380 by the end of next year, Leahy said.

Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways Ltd and other initial customers of the A380 are seeking damages from Toulouse, France-based Airbus for the delay in deliveries. The world's biggest maker of commercial planes halted production of the model from May to August to determine specifications and locations for wires and electronics for lighting and other systems.

Sydney-based Qantas will receive its first A380 in April 2007, Leahy said. He declined to give an estimate for the penalties that Airbus will pay.

Airbus has 149 orders for the A380, which can seat 555 passengers in a standard three-class configuration and will surpass Boeing Co.'s 747 as the world's biggest airliner when it begins service. The plane, which has a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,820km), costs US$282mil to US$302mil based on catalogue prices.

The plane-maker may win orders from as many as four customers next year, Leahy told a conference yesterday.

China Southern Airlines Co, the nation's biggest carrier, and India's Kingfisher Airlines Ltd each placed an order for five A380s this year.

Singapore Airlines, Asia's most profitable carrier, has 10 A380s on order and options for 15 more. It plans to put fewer than 480 seats on each aircraft, according to information on its website.

The airline will fly the A380 on either its Singapore-London or Singapore-Sydney service. – Bloomberg
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Airbus CEO says sees no more A380 orders this year

BERLIN, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The chief executive of European planemaker Airbus told Reuters he expected no more orders for the company's A380 superjumbo in 2005 but that he hoped for as many as three new customers next year.

"I presume that we will not have any additional A380 orders this year," Gustav Humbert said on the fringes of an event at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport late on Tuesday. "If we would come up with two or three next year, it would be ideal.

"Three (bulk) orders in one year, I think this is good," he said, referring to new customers already added this year -- China Southern Airlines , India's Kingfisher Airlines and freight carrier UPS .

Humbert said Airbus, which is 80 percent owned by European aerospace giant EADS and a fifth owned by the UK's BAE Systems , had targeted one new customer each year until the aircraft enters service in 2006.

The 555-seat A380 will be the world's largest passenger jetliner. Airbus has so far received 159 orders for the plane from 16 customers, including Singapore Airlines and Dubai-based Emirates [EMAIR.UL].

Humbert added that the first test flight on Tuesday of the second A380 to be built was "very successful".

"Everything worked very well," he said.

The first A380 to be built, which starred at the Paris Air Show in June, has completed more than 100 test flights.
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A380 :D

What reason could i have to wake up at 6:30 on saturday and visiting the Frankfurt airport ?
Something special could be the reason something very special(and very big)

Many other people with the same idea.
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Here it comes
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3 things that disappointed me. The plane was too far away, the weather was too bad and there was a fence that made it really difficult to take picture.
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So huge but too far away.
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I know the Frankfurt Airport but there was no chance for taking pictures of the plane. This is my best pic, taken from my car.
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Uhhmmm...the best Plane is made in Europe!!!!!!!
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Hi Tom, I was there too! But I didn't see you, though I know how you look like.

Unfortunately the police has blocked all walk ways around the A380, and even the visitor area in Terminal 2. Only VIPs were allowed in. As ordinary visitor you couldn't legally get closer to the A380 then 2km away which was pretty shit in itself and was made even worse by the foggy weather.

However, I didn't give up and began to change tactics: I resorted to drive-by-shooting from the car cruising around the streets close to the A380. That's how I could finally beat the police and get some closer shots (keep in mind that I was in motion while shooting, so the quality is not always the best):











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I've seen this on TV. this is the first international airport to host the a380 (apart from toulouse obviously), isn't it? what a great plane.
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