MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4211 posts, RR: 36 Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4861 times:
There are two static frames built which are 'hors serie', with different 5000 and 5001 frame numbers, 001 and up will be flying aircraft.
The reason Etihad could get 4 'early' slots is the first few aircraft will remain at Airbus relatively longer for tests. Also because they have been used for tests I guess Etihad gets a nice price for them, while Singapore and Virgin for instance preferred "fresh" frames which weren't banged around too much.
This is common practice with other Airbus and Boeing types as well.
For instance A-340s fuselage 2, 3 and 4 remained at Airbus a few years and were then sold to Virgin and the Saudi Government, while fuselage 8 was the first delivery to Lufthansa back in 1993.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
MEA330 From Lebanon, joined Aug 2002, 268 posts, RR: 8 Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4596 times:
Emirates 's selection of the Engine Alliance GP 7200 will delay its deliveries as the RR engine will be the first to fly and be certified( airframe/engine combination).
Etihad did not officially specify its engine choice but choosing the RR variant might get it an earlier delivery than Emirates