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After A380 Ceremony...What's The Next Step?  
User currently offlineMEA321 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 15
Posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3963 times:

On Tuesday, January 18 the Airbus A380 was revealed to the world to a reception of thousands in Toulouse, France. It was a positive step in the right direction, and it showed progress. However what happens next?

Will the plane featured on the 18th (F-WWOW) be also the first A380 to fly?

What is going on now in preparation for the first flight? When will the first flight be?

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User currently offlineDayflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

I believe they have to go do the ground/static testing next, then the test flights, then certification, production and first pax flight.

It is still the ugliest airplane I could ever have immagined.

One Nation Under God
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

Not ugly, just "stubby." According to the A380 chauvanists that will soon be remedied by the forthcoming A389.

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

First flight planned in march, no date set as far as I know.

User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8521 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3757 times:

Lots of testing is what is next. It's just about impossible to build a new plane without a few teething problems and now is the time to find them - before they go to the airlines.

User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3687 times:

I thought the 31st was the fist flight date??

I baught tickets for that time!

No Vueling No Party
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31713 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

The Test Flight is the mos awaited.Can't wait to see the Landing.

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineDazeflight From Germany, joined Jun 1999, 580 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3569 times:

@ AlitaliaMD11

there is no fixed date for a first flight. actually, there never is. You're not going to rush a plane into the air for the first time, when u think it could use a few days more work...

But you can be pretty sure that it will be during the last 2 weeks of march...


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2884 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3518 times:

Alitalia MD11

I also want to go see the first flight, but I will need a specific date so I can get the tickets ( I can buy them now for the 31st for 30 pounds return on easyjet!)

Maybe we could arrange a little TLS meeting with more fellow a.netters that want to be there as well!



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3047 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

I was hoping to see an exact date. I will be in France the second week of April. It will an amazing sight to see this aircraft fly.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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