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Old February 17th, 2006, 06:41 PM   #921
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Posted by JediAlf in Singapore forum:

The plane is on its way at the moment of my post

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It just left France last Friday (17th Feb), now bound for Singapore - expected to touch down at 6.30 am Sat, 18th Feb.

Please take note this is not real SIA plane. It is for demo at Asian Aerospace. This plane is "painted" with giant decals in SIA colours. This plane would be delivered to Ethiad Airways.

Few of real SIA planes are now being powered up and get ready to fly. After they pass flying, they will be flying to Hamburg where they will be painted and install with cabin seats and interior fittings.

First 2 SIA A380 jets will be touching down in Changi in Nov/Dec to begin first flights to Sydney and London as well as other cities...
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Old February 17th, 2006, 06:53 PM   #922
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14 February 2006

A380 PERFORMS SUCCESSFUL COLD SOAK TRIALS IN CANADA

The A380 test aircraft has returned from Iqaluit, Canada, where it successfully completed the cold weather test campaign. It is now preparing to head for Asian Aerospace ’06 in Singapore

The second A380 test aircraft to fly spent five days in Iqaluit, Canada, in conditions of up to minus 30 degrees Celsius to prove full functionality of the systems under extreme weather conditions. Such trials included powering up the aircraft, the engines and hydraulic systems after a full 12-hour period at such low temperatures. The batteries were taken away overnight and kept in a warm area. The next morning, batteries were reinstalled onboard the aircraft for the tests. On the way back from Iqaluit, the A380 also carried out polar navigation tests.

Earlier this month, the high altitude campaign successfully took place in Medellin, Columbia, an airport at an altitude of 5,000 feet. The A380 spent a week there carrying out engine behaviour tests at high altitude airfields.

“Certification is a continuing process,” says Claude Lelaie, Senior Vice President, Flight Division. “The current routine is two flights a day on each aircraft, six days a week, in addition to the big test campaigns. We are happy with the aircraft performance during the test campaigns so far. ”

To date two A380 aircraft are equipped with heavy test instrumentation. The third aircraft is receiving cabin installation in Hamburg. It will soon be joined by a fourth aircraft, which will also undergo cabin and noise tests, as well as performing the Early Long Flights and later the Route Proving, together with further airport compatibility checks.

The hot weather campaign is planned to take place in Africa this summer where the aircraft will be faced with a temperature of up to 40° Celsius.

The three Rolls Royce powered A380s that have taken to the air, have accumulated over 250 flights and close to 900 flight hours, yielding good results. The Engine Alliance GP7200 powered A380 will join the flight test programme as part of the certification campaign by mid-2006.

The full A380 test programme represents more than 2,500 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.





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Old February 18th, 2006, 02:58 AM   #923
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So beautiful photos...

A380 is huge!
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Old February 18th, 2006, 03:05 AM   #924
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So beautiful photos...

A380 is huge!
its strange... in some photos it doesnt look so big but in others it looks massive. cant wait to see one in RL tho
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Old February 18th, 2006, 10:49 AM   #925
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its strange... in some photos it doesnt look so big but in others it looks massive. cant wait to see one in RL tho
I think it doesnt look large because proportionally it looks similar to the other Airbus' aircraft, but only looks massive when compared to other objects.

Photos are reproduced from International Flight magazine and Airbus:









Taken by voyager at Changi Airport (18 Feb 06)

Compare it to the 747!

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Old February 18th, 2006, 02:22 PM   #926
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the SINGAPORE AIRLINES tagline on the livery is soooo big including the Singapore flag
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Old February 18th, 2006, 02:39 PM   #927
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Airbus A380 Part 3











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Old February 18th, 2006, 02:41 PM   #928
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Old February 18th, 2006, 03:27 PM   #929
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Old February 18th, 2006, 06:11 PM   #930
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Damn, the new king of the skies!
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Old February 18th, 2006, 06:37 PM   #931
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Beautiful pics guys, thanks for posting them!

... I didn't know we were on "Part 3" yet! Someone wanna merge those pics posted in the other thread?
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Old February 27th, 2006, 04:10 PM   #932
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Sunday 26th February 2006

I finally got to see it for the first time with my own eyes and hear it too when it visited Singapore at the Asian Aerospace.

Here are some pics. You can check ignoramus' thread for other pics as well.

When I got there, it was parked on the apron. We couldnt enter the cabin:






The crowd going ga-ga as the engines revved up and the push-back started:

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Old February 27th, 2006, 04:11 PM   #933
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Pushed onto the taxiway with the Rolls Royce engines purring or whining away:



It starts taxiing towards take-off (unfortunately I didnt see the takeoff as it used a separate runway)





more pics later...
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Old February 28th, 2006, 03:39 AM   #934
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Massive Singapore's A380!!
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Old February 28th, 2006, 04:03 AM   #935
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Airbus A380 Expected to Fly to China This Year

SHANGHAI, February 22, SinoCast -- The world's largest airplane, Airbus A380, is expected to fly to China for its first show in the country at the end of this November in the southern city of Zhuhai.

If the time and related conditions allow, A380 will also fly to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou for display, and then Chinese people will have the opportunity to take a close touch to the double-deck aircraft being able to carry 555 passengers on board.

China Southern Airlines, one of the major air carriers in the country, has ordered five aircraft of this model from Airbus, and two of them will be delivered before Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

As of now, Airbus has received 159 confirmed A380 orders from 16 air companies across the world, over half of which, or 86 ones, are from Asian countries and regions, including the five ones of China Southern Airlines.
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SWEET!!! Thanks RafflesCity!

I can't wait to see what airlines do with the interiors...
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Airbus confident of A380 certification

SINGAPORE, Feb 22, 2006 (AFP) - European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is confident of obtaining certification for its double-decker A380 airliner despite the failure of a wing during stress testing, a company official said Wednesday.

"Tests were rather good. We are confident the test will prove satisfactory to obtain the certification at the end of the year," said Charles Champion, director of the program.

Singapore Airlines is scheduled to receive its first A380s in November when it becomes the first carrier to fly the biggest commercial airliner ever built.

Airbus has previously said the new A380 would still enter service later this year despite the fact that a wing fractured during ground testing in France last week.

All new models of commercial aircraft are subjected to testing, including being able to withstand 1.5 times the maximum strain that parts of the plane would be subjected to in extreme conditions like a hard landing.

The A380 wing was about three percent from the target when the wing ruptured.

"We aren't even sure we need to reinforce the structure. Probably we won't. If we do, we are talking about a few kilos (pounds)," Champion said on the sidelines of a news conference during Asian Aerospace, the world's third-largest airshow.
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nice pics. Now all airbus needs to do is replace those RR trents with ge90-115b's, and then THAT would be a killer plane
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nice pics. Now all airbus needs to do is replace those RR trents with ge90-115b's, and then THAT would be a killer plane
Aren't those made for the 777? Why put 777 engines no the A380 and are they planning to ever do that? That would be interesting.
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yes GE90-115b are made for the 777-300ER and -200LR models. The engine alliance (Ge/P&W) 7200 and the Rolls-Royce trent 900 used for the a380 are both ~70,000lbs of thrust while the GE90-115bs are ~115,000lbs of thrust. They wouldnt ever actually do it because they do not need that much power per engines (because a380 is 4 engined while 777 is 2), this speculation is just for my fun because I would love to see those massive GE90-115bs on other planes.
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