NRA-3B From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3268 times:
No winglets installed as of 3 hours ago. (1430hrs HK time.) I arrived in HKG this PM and the A380 was parked at gate 62, 2 gates away from my arrival gate. It had a 747 on one side and a 777 on the other side. My first impression was that the A380 did not strike me as very much larger than the other aircraft nearby. (But thats just me. ) Looks like they were doing gate servicing trials. I don't know how long it will be at the terminal. I assume they will tow (or taxi) it over to the business aviation ramp later on.
I know it is in HKG now - but didn't see any photographs close enough to detail this.
It did the flypast this morning minus both winglets. Airbus is supposedly going to install a new pair tonight. An additional VFR harbour flypast (unscheduled before today) will be performed tomorrow weather permitting (9km vis + 2000' cloudbase).
Quoting Titch (Reply 2): Just out of curiosity, which airframe was it that was involved in the incident? I'm led to believe that it was c/n 007 (F-WWJB) but would appreciate confirmation of this.
EGNR From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2465 times:
MSN 007 will be receiving the winglets from MSN 009. I believe they may be fitted to MSN 007 whilst it's out in Hong Kong - to give it a more representative appearance for the remainder of the Asian Aerospace show.
Cloudyapple From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2005, 2454 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2280 times:
They were to do a second flypast this morning for some pictures of it with winglets. Good from a PR point of view but too bad the weather is playing up. Current weather is rain and 800' cloudbase - too low for VFR. Tallest buildings along the route are 1350' or so.
They might do it tomorrow before it departs but again it depends on the weather.