FlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7477 posts, RR: 56 Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 17213 times:
All the parts of the first Air France A380 F-HPJA have now arrived at the Toulouse Airbus factory.
Those parts will start being assembled on January 2nd 2008 and the aircraft (Msn 033) should make its first test flight in September 2008. It will then leave TLS to XFW to be fitted with its interior.
It will be delivered to AF in March 2009 and will start commercial services in April 2009 on CDG-YUL-CDG. Air France will be the first European airline to fly the giant Airbus.
Two more aircraft (msn 040 & msn 043, F-HPJB & F-HPJC) will be delivered in May and July 2009. They will enable AF to start services to NRT.
Three more aircraft will be added to the fleet in 2010.
4 Air France pilots are already qualified by Airbus to fly the A380. For the other ones, the training will start at CDG in October 2008.
For the F/A, the training for the certification will start early 2009.
Bramble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 16520 times:
Quoting 797charter (Reply 2): btw MSN026 is build out of sequence to Qantas - is that to get the wirring certified? Anyone has any information about that?
Several of our cockpit crew got a tour of the A380 assembly line about 2 months ago while doing A330 courses in TLS. They were told that MSN026 was done out of sequence to test how fast an A380 could be assembled when it was rushed straight through. Thus 026 was finished before the frames 'in front' of it on the assembly line.
Wow, that is still a fairly long time. 15 months to build and deliver an aircraft? I know, they are still in the process of ramping up, but haven't they been building A380s for a while now? One would hope that the process will become faster soon.
Am I cured? Slept 5 hours on last long-haul flight...
FlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7477 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 14705 times:
Quoting PlaneInsomniac (Reply 5): Wow, that is still a fairly long time. 15 months to build and deliver an aircraft?
Note that F-HPJA will be flying in September 2008.
It will be probably used for training and/on demonstration flights until its delivery in April 2009.
Also AF potponed the delivery to April 2009 because they didn't want to start using it during the winter season.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4500 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 12264 times:
Thanks for the good news FLYSSC.
I believe that, besides YUL and NRT, Air France will fly the A380 to JFK as well. But it is probably not before Spring 2010 that I will see an AF A380 at JFK.
Quoting FlySSC (Thread starter): Two more aircraft (msn 040 & msn 043, F-HPJB & F-HPJC) will be delivered in May and July 2009.
Does that mean all 12 AF A380 will be registered F-HPJ A through L?
It is possible that one of the first two Air France A380, either F-HPJA or HPJB, will be presented on static display at the 2009 Paris Air Show. Most likely the next Paris Air Show will take place in June 2009 (it is always in the month of June that it is open to the public) so by that time HPJA and HPJB will be already delivered if everything goes well as planned.