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Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane  
User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12394 posts, RR: 46
Posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2964 times:
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After seeing a scrolling news item on Aibus's home page, I was interested to know if they have now delivered their 5,000th plane?

The scrolling image on the home page shows:
1974 - 1st delivery
1993 - 1,000th delivery
1999 - 2,000th delivery
2002 - 3,000th delivery

but then stops. So is this a "teaser" for announcing delivery of the 5,000th frame?

By checking the most recent O&D spreadsheet, I see that Airbus had delivered 4,974 planes through end November, so I would expect Airbus to reach this noteworthy milestone very soon.

By checking the records, the sequence continues:
2005 - 4,000th delivery
2007 - 5,000th delivery expected

Congratulations Airbus.  champagne 


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User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3307 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

IIRC, their 5000th plane was an A330-200 for Qantas. I don't know if it's in service yet, though.

User currently offlineViasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1870 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2912 times:

Officially the 5000th plane is VH-EBG of Qantas (first A330 in new colors), this aircraft would be delivered very soon.

But to my database there are over 5000 delivered at the moment...


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12394 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2676 times:
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Confirmation it will be delivered tomorrow!

5,000th Airbus Plane To Be Delivered Tomorrow (by Moo Dec 13 2007 in Civil Aviation)



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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12394 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2667 times:
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PR now on Airbus's website

http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre...5000th_airbus_aircraft_qantas.html



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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12394 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2554 times:
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Nice info on Airbus's site

http://www.airbus.com/en/corporate/o...rs_and_deliveries/5000th_delivery/



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

Congratulations to Airbus! I hope there will be a.net members in Toulouse to take pictures!  camera 

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 4):
PR now on Airbus's website

What impresses me is this:

Quote:
Thirty three years ago, in May 1974, Airbus delivered its very first aircraft, an A300B2, to first operator Air France. Nineteen years later, in 1993, Airbus delivered its first 1,000th aircraft, and it took it another six years to reach the 2000th in 1999. Reflecting its subsequent rapid growth with an expanded aircraft family and more products on offer, the 3,000th Airbus aircraft was delivered in 2002, and only three years later, in September 2005, the 4,000th. It needed only another two years to reach the 5,000th delivery milestone of today.

They built as much plane in last 8 years than in the first 25 years...



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User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2427 times:



Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 6):
They built as much plane in last 8 years than in the first 25 years...

There should be some happy folk in a few national treasuries then!!  duck 

That pattern certainly goes a long way to explain why Airbus has been repaying its debts rather rapidly of late.

One of these days I will get to fly on a QF 330. So far the b's have kept them well hidden from this passenger!  boggled 


User currently offlineSabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2714 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

At Airbus, we never sit still, so even the 5000th Airbus delivered comes with a first:

Airbus, the world's largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, now offers a new two-coat aircraft painting process that uses less paint and thus reduces weight and drag, requires less time to apply and helps to reduce aircraft cleaning.

The first aircraft painted in this new, state-of-the-art way is the 5000th Airbus aircraft ever produced, an A330-200, which was delivered yesterday to Qantas at a special delivery ceremony in Toulouse. Qantas, has on order a further six aircraft to be painted in the same way, and will help conduct an in-service evaluation with Airbus to fully quantify the benefits of the painting process.

Standard painting techniques can take up to six coats per aircraft and usually can take up to 12 hours of drying between coats.

The new Airbus technique requires just two coats with dramatically reduced paint volumes, and drying times down from 12 to two hours. The technique brings environmental benefits because it uses less solvent based paint and uses fewer coats. The process also reduces the amount of repainting and cleaning required during the life time of the in-service aircraft.

The new painting technique is offered as an option and is one of Airbus's key objectives to produce aircraft that are friendlier to the environment and more eco-efficient. The European plane-manufacturer optimizes all aspects of a product's full life cycle, encompassing aircraft design, manufacturing, operations and finally its recycling. This approach was recognized in June 2007 with the granting of the prestigious ISO14001 environmental management standard. It counts for all Airbus sites and products.

Airbus is the only aerospace manufacturing company worldwide, holding this certification.

Airbus is an EADS company.


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12394 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2196 times:
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Quoting Sabenapilot (Reply 8):
Airbus, the world's largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, now offers a new two-coat aircraft painting process that uses less paint and thus reduces weight and drag, requires less time to apply and helps to reduce aircraft cleaning.

I saw this on the website and was going to start a separate thread.

I was interested to note that this new paint method is offered as an option. Although "greener", is it more expensive to apply? I assume it is, otherwise, why offer it as an option?



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User currently offlinePanAm_DC10 From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 4117 posts, RR: 90
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1984 times:
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The title of this thread has been changed to prevent double posts and add a link to the article in reply # 8

Qantas takes delivery of Airbus' 5,000th aircraft

http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre..._12_14_5000th_airbus_delivery.html

Even though they mention QF as a new Customer from 2000 onwards it's a shame that they don't reference the 4 x A300s that QF operated for many years after the consolidation with Australian Airlines, formerly TAA

Regards, PanAm_DC10



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8440 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1924 times:



Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 10):
Qantas takes delivery of Airbus' 5,000th aircraft

An a.net lurker has wet himself over this one  wink 


User currently offlineQF175 From Portugal, joined Mar 2007, 677 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Qantas A330-200 VH-EBG touched down in MEL at approximately 06.58am on SUN16DEC.

It's due to commence pax ops next Friday (21DEC) as QF457 SYD-MEL.

I am under the impression that there is a small "5,000th" marking somewhere on the aircraft.

You can check out a nice video here showing EBG being assembled, livery/paint being applied and its first flight.

Cheers


User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

Good for Airbus. If the business continues that well we will see the 6000th plane delivered sooner then expected!

Congrats to Airbus. Big grin


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12394 posts, RR: 46
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1818 times:
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Quoting OHLHD (Reply 13):
Good for Airbus. If the business continues that well we will see the 6000th plane delivered sooner then expected!

Given the ramp up of A320 and A330 production, probably very early 2010.



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User currently offlineMBJ2000 From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 426 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1728 times:



Quoting Sabenapilot (Reply 8):
The process also reduces the amount of repainting and cleaning required during the life time of the in-service aircraft.

I now it's stupid but someone has to say it:
Will this mean, no more dirty AF planes? Big grin

Congratulations to Airbus, looks almost like an exponential growth curve... the sky is the limit!



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