Breiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1985 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3395 times:
VT-EPT is on lease to Airbus for tests on new tyres. Since these tests are performed in Toulouse, France, by Airbus, the plane is re-registered with a temporary French test registration. Just normal procedure.
TheBigOne From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3323 times:
I don't understand why Airbus brought in this particular aircraft for testing? I might be mistaken, but I thought IC were struggling to increase capacity due to non-availability of aircraft, so why lease one to Airbus?
Reach for the stars - they are closer than you think!
VxG From United States of America, joined May 2004, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3316 times:
Perhaps it has something to do with IC's unique double bogey landing gear. In order to certify a new tire type for IC to use they would need this type of aircraft. AFAIK the IC 320's are the only ones in existence.