Knoxibus From France, joined Aug 2007, 237 posts, RR: 22 Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5228 times:
Quoting N79969 (Reply 5): Was the 2nd aircraft directly affected by the manufacturing problems that have caused the 6-month delay in deliveries?
I think (personally) that all this fuss about the delays (unfortunately impacted to the German side, sorry guys but it's true ) is directly due to the fact that they must have made so many improvements/modifications to MSN 001 all along the test preparations that it is hard to cope with all the mods for the three other A/C at the same time, and implement it in production.
I suspect it's just a LOT of tiny little mods which creates so much trouble, but it looks like there is nothing really major...
Quoting Starrion (Reply 6): I recall reading somewhere that the second airframe was being used to test interior fittings and things like that. It could be the second flight test aircraft was further down the production line.
Next airframe to fly is supposed to be MSN 004, which will go through major tests (RTOs, extreme weather conditions), along with MSN 001.
MSN 002 & MSN 007 will indeed be cabin fitted before the year end in Hamburg (lots of different fitting/seats makers and IFE systems), and then do the route proving and early long flights. (hope to be one of the first a.netters to fly on this monster, i'll do a trip report )
Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 7): If i were to go to Toulouse on saturday, would i be able to see it flying?
Well it all depends but I would not think so. You could see MSN 002 outside the factory, and MSN 001 across the runways at the flight test centre, but they rarely fly on week-ends. However they did fly on 14th of July (Bastille day in France which is a national holyday).
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