WINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 69 Posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 22165 times:
Well not all has gone rosy for the A380 program but here are just some of the many achievements that the A380 has managed since it's inaugural flight.
18 May 2006
A380 FIRST FLIGHT INTO THE UK
Leaving Berlin where it stars in the air show, the A380 made its first landing in London Heathrow, marking the official opening of the new Pier 6, which has been built to accommodate the new aircraft.
10 May 2006
REAL TEST VIRTUAL FLIGHT
For the first time in a new programme, volunteer passengers test cabin facilities in advance of the early long flights
7 May 2006
SINGAPORE AIRLINES’ A380 PERFORMS ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT
The first A380 to enter into commercial service with Singapore Airlines performed a successful first flight on 7 May from Toulouse-Blagnac.
27 April 2006
AIRBUS CELEBRATES THE A380 FIRST FLIGHT
One year ago, the A380, Airbus’ 21st century flagship, performed a majestic and successful first flight. Four A380s have now flown.
Aviation history was made one year ago on April 27, when the first A380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft, carrying the registration F-WW0W, successfully performed its maiden flight leaving Blagnac International Airport in Toulouse, France at 10.29 hours local time (08.29 UTC) from runway 32L.
Since this first flight, four A380s have flown. Two of them are actively involved in the intensive flight test programme, two others are undergoing cabin installation in Hamburg.
Pilots from customer airlines have begun flying the aircraft alongside Airbus crew, ahead of commencing formal training.
The A380 programme achieved a number of key milestones in 2006: The 1,000th flight test hour was passed in March. The same month, the evacuation test was successfully completed in Hamburg, Germany.
High altitude tests were completed in Medellin, Colombia in January and were followed by cold weather tests in Iqaluit, Canada in February. A number of airport compatibility tests have also been conducted.
The aircraft wowed crowds during a successful Asia-Pacific tour in 2005 and was also the star of both the Dubai and Singapore air shows.
The A380, the largest commercial airliner, is designed to carry an average of 555 passengers in a three-class configuration. The aircraft offers airlines unmatched possibilities for commercial differentiation and to take advantage of these possibilities, most customers have announced a cabin configuration under the maximum number of passengers.
30 March 2006
FIRST AIR FRANCE PILOTS FLY THE A380
A group of pilots from Air France recently got the chance to fly the A380 for the first time in Toulouse.
29 March 2006
AUTHORITIES APPROVE A380 EVACUATION TRIAL
The European Aviation and Safety Agency (EASA) and the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) validate 853 passengers as the maximum passenger seating capacity for the A380-800.
27 March 2006
LUFTHANSA PILOTS TRY OUT THE A380
Lufthansa pilots have recently had their first chance to experience flying the A380 for themselves.
26 March 2006
A380 SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES EVACUATION TEST
Airbus successfully completed the passenger evacuation trial on its development A380, paving the way for the certification of the aircraft in time for delivery by the end of 2006.
17 March 2006
SINGAPORE PILOTS FEELING AT HOME ON THE A380
Ahead of their formal training, pilots from the A380 launch customers have been offered the chance to experience the aircraft first hand, accompanied by Airbus pilots and flight test engineers.
10 March 2006
A380 PASSES TESTS WITH FLYING COLOURS
The A380 has come a long way since its first flight on 27 April 2005 and this week Airbus celebrates a total of 1,000 flight test hours.
14 February 2006
A380 PERFORMS SUCCESSFUL COLD SOAK TRIALS
The A380 test aircraft has returned from Iqaluit, Canada, where it successfully completed the cold weather test campaign. It is now preparing to head for Asian Aerospace ’06 in Singapore
01 February 2006
FIRST GP7200 ENGINE INSTALLED ON 5th A380 FLIGHT TEST AIRCRAFT
The first of four Engine Alliance GP7200 engines has been installed on the fifth A380 test aircraft at the Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France. A380 customers can select either the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or the Engine Alliance GP7200 engine.
27 January 2006
HIGH MARKS FOR A380
The A380 has reached another key milestone on the road to certification with the successful completion of high altitude tests in Medellin, Colombia, followed by further tests in Guadeloupe
13 December 2005
UPS SIGNS FIRM CONTRACT FOR A380s
Following a commitment announced in January 2005, Atlanta, Georgia-based UPS has formally signed the contract for A380 freighter aircraft.
24 November 2005
A380 “EMPRESS OF THE SKY” AT DUBAI AIR SHOW
The A380 was the star of the 2005 Dubai air show, attracting a large number of visitors on board and during its daily flight displays
18 November 2005
A380 COMPATIBILITY PROVEN AT FOUR ASIAN-PACIFIC AIRPORTS
Following the first airport compatibility tests at Frankfurt airport, Airbus has successfully demonstrated the A380’s compatibility at four more airports during the recent Asia-Pacific tour.
18 November 2005
A SUCCESSFUL ASIA-PACIFIC TRIP COMES TO AN END
The no. 1 A380 today completed its successful Asia-Pacific demonstration tour, which previewed what the future of flying will be when this 21st century flagship enters commercial service.
4 November 2005
THIRD A380 PERFORMS SUCCESSFUL FIRST FLIGHT
Third A380 joins the two development aircraft in certification campaign. This aircraft will be the first to be fitted with a full cabin and will be used for cabin and cargo systems development and certification.
29 October 2005
AIRBUS A380 PERFORMS AIRPORT COMPATIBILITY TESTS AT FRANKFURT
The A380 flew to Frankfurt to perform ground handling tests, the first time the aircraft has landed at a major commercial airport. Tests were conducted with the assistance of Lufthansa which is one of the A380 launch customers and predominantly consist of demonstrating the ground handling capabilities of the aircraft, typically performed between two intercontinental flights.
18 October 2005
THE SECOND A380 TAKES TO THE AIR
As the second A380 completes its successful maiden flight, the first A380 has passed the 100th flight mark and is in fact ahead of the test programme schedule.
11 October 2005
FIRST CARBON “CUT” FOR THE A380 FREIGHTER
An important milestone in the development of the A380 Freighter was reached this month with the first carbon “cut” on the centre wing box.
05 October 2005
EXTREME STATIC TESTS ON SCHEDULE
Extreme static testing on the A380 aircraft has now reached the halfway point. This means that more than 50 percent of all static tests needed for the certification campaign are complete.
13 September 2005
GP7200 ENGINE COMPLETES FLIGHT TESTING
Engine Alliance’s engine for the A380 successfully completes 134 hours of flight time in its second flight test campaign, demonstrating its readiness for flight testing on the A380.
1 September 2005
A380 FATIGUE TESTING STARTS, DRESDEN
The A380 structure will undergo the equivalent of 900 flights a week in fatigue tests which will push the structure to its limits, testing the airframe’s response to flight stress.
17 August 2005
A380 STAR OF THE SHOW, SINGAPORE
Singapore’s Changi Airport has welcomed its first A380 – a four by four metre scale model, unveiled at an event to mark the recent completion of the airport’s first A380-ready gate.
13 July 2005
A380 PERFORMS VMU TESTS
An A380 equipped with a special tail bumper has performed a series of low speed take-off tests to determine the optimal slat and flap settings for commercial service.
15 June 2005
KINGFISHER BECOMES FIRST INDIAN CUSTOMER FOR A380
Kingfisher Airlines has become the first Indian carrier to sign a firm contract with Airbus for the A380 as well as for the A350 and the A330. The order is for five A350-800s plus five A380s for intercontinental services, and five A330-200s for regional routes.
16 May 2005
UK BEGINS MANUFACTURING WINGS FOR THE AIRBUS A380F
The first metal cut for the wing of the new freighter version of the A380 started on 16 May has been carried out in the UK. The A380F, the largest commercial freighter ever, will enter into service approximately two years after the passenger version.
27 April 2005
A380 SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES ITS FIRST FLIGHT
The first A380 to take to the air landed at Blagnac international airport in Toulouse, France at 14.23 local time (12.23h GMT) after successfully completing a first flight that lasted three hours and 54 minutes.
A380 ORDERS + OPTIONS
Air France 10 + (4 options)
China Southern Airlines 5
FedEx 10 + (10 options)
Korean Air 5 + (3 options)
Lufthansa 15 + (10 options)
Malaysian Airlines 6
Qantas 12 + (10 options)
Qatar 2 + (2 options)
Singapore Airlines 10 + 12 (options)
Thai Airways 6
UPS 10 + (10 options)
Total firm orders: 159
Total Options: 70
Total Order + Options: 224
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Lightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12302 posts, RR: 100
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 21445 times:
That was a sweet summary.
Does anyone know the Status of the GP7200 testing? I'm managed to lose the pulse on this.
Quoting PM (Reply 1): Further orders this year - either direct sales (Asiana?) or leases (SAA? Air China?) are likely.
I'm very curious about this... However, its almost traditional for customers to see how the EIS goes. (See real fuel burn, etc.) I'm also very curious as to what the operational differences will be between the Trents and the GP7200's.
Keesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 21329 times:
Nice overview Wings!
Quoting UAL747-600 (Reply 5): How is the plane's actual vs. planned performance figures stacking up? I think since we haven't heard anything from the current customers that things are looking good. Does anyone know?
Not sure, I have doubts about the quick introduction & certification of the GP engines. In todays new Airbus & Singapore say everything is going ok:
"At this time, the delivery schedule is the one we're committed to and the one we're sticking to," Burger says.
Derrick Loh, a Singapore Airlines engineer and inspector based in Toulouse, agrees with the manufacturer's assessment.
"It's proceeding as planned," says Loh, who says there have been minor problems, but nothing major recently.
Tests so far have largely met expectations and even produced a number of pleasant surprises -- such as a lower than expected approach speed and good handling characteristics with virtually no buffet, even at the edge of the aerodynamic envelope.
Baroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 21112 times:
Excellent summary. Set out like that its history looks much more impressive than the patchy coverage of it overflying Filton, or arriving Sydney, or Heathrow or whatever. And nice to see the evacuation test with two lines and a pic put in some sort of context. What was the fuss about on airliners.net? When will more appear on performance? And what of the wing?
IMO, the ongoing "fuss" in the A.net threads is not without some basis in fact, as evidenced most recently by comments from Tim Clark of EK, which is, after all, the most significant customer of the A380, regarding the "progress"/status of the program, which seem less than enthusiastic, perhaps even somewhat skeptical:
Clark also says Airbus faces “huge hurdles” to meet its April 2007 target to deliver the first Engine Alliance GP7200-powered A380, of which Emirates is launch operator. “I don’t believe for a moment it won’t be tough,” he says. “So far, it’s so good, but cabin integration is an enormous challenge. If it is looking to go beyond that time we have asked them to be as candid as possible with us. But nothing would surprise us.”
Meanwhile, Emirates, which was the only non-package carrier or leasing company customer to hold firm orders for the A380F (the other customers are FedEx, United Parcel Service and International Lease Finance), has switched its contract for two freighters to the passenger version, taking its orders to 43 aircraft, plus two on lease.
“Final definition and specification freeze were proving elusive,” says Emirates president (airline) Tim Clark. “We needed to protect our delivery positions and switched the order to the passenger version. Once the freighter is ready, we will have another look.”
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 20520 times:
Thanks for the great summary,Wings - it is so far a major achievment despite some setbacks in timing.
In ten years nobody will remember the missed deadlines of the A380,and passengers will equally enjoy their flights in the RRJ95,787,A370 and A380..
Everybody on this forum know about the complexities of a new transport system.
Why can't some just enjoy the fact a new plane is born....
Pbottenb From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 431 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 20488 times:
Nice - The farther (further?) along this bird gets the more I like the way she looks. I have to admit that I hated her at first, but like a lot of women I know she is growing on me... The Singapore and Emirates liveries are particularly nice..
PolymerPlane From United States of America, joined May 2006, 991 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 20041 times:
Not to stir things up, but it seems to me that it takes an awful long time for A380 from first flight to EIS. I summarized a while ago, the time needed for each of Boeing's first in the family prototype from first flight to EIS. It spans between 10-12 months, including the first 747.
A380's first flight was in April 2005 with EIS is projected to be in December 2006. That is a good 19 months from first flight to EIS. I know it is "the most complicated" commercial aircraft ever flies. However, It takes almost twice the amount of time needed for flight testing, which is a pretty long time for me.
I do not know what is the norm in Airbus's aircraft families, but I bet it is not far from Boeing's.
I think it's just such an innovation that it needs more time. It's so big, so full of new things, and it's the first full 2 deck planes, it just needs more fine tuning I guess. Oh well, it may take longer but I think it's good to have long flight test to be sure all is really fine.
Anyway, can't wait to see it fly commercially!
It's not about AIRBUS. it's not about BOEING. It's all about the beauty of FLYING.