FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3182 times:
Quoting Amirs (Reply 5): I though they delayed by half a year because Airbus delayed the delivery by half a year.
Initially, they were to be delivered in April 2007.
Then it was delayed to November 2007.
But AF was not very "happy" to start flying the A380 during the winter season and Airbus began to have problems with the first customers (SQ, QF, EK) because of the delay so AF & Airbus found an agreement that would satisfy them both :
AF delayed the delivery to April 2008 so it will enable Airbus to reduce the initial delay for the first customers.
This agreement includes also financial compensations from Airbus to AF (and probably more "secret" deals concerning eventual future orders ... but that's just my opinion).
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5454 posts, RR: 6 Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2936 times:
Quoting CrazyHorse (Reply 6): I am flying to Sydney in november 2007 with QF32 and I hope this flight will be on an A380. Any chances?
Unlikely, but not impossible! QF are expected to start A380 ops around April 07, but the first routes will be MEL-LAX, Then SYD-LAX. That will take 4 aircraft, which I think is the max number that QF can recive in 07. So you might get a route proving, special introductory or some such flight, but I doubt it will be in regular service on SYD-LHR by then, and I would expect QF1/2 to get them first.