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The First AF A380 On The Assembly Line  
User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7402 posts, RR: 57
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 15631 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.

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User currently offlineGokmengs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1123 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 15311 times:

Thanks for the info, would this frame be one of the ones that doesn't require rewiring?
Also Airbus should speed up its deliveries on A380 is there a future plan about this?



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User currently offline797charter From Denmark, joined Jun 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 15207 times:



Quoting Gokmengs (Reply 1):
Thanks for the info, would this frame be one of the ones that doesn't require rewiring?

From MSN026 they have the "right" wirring - btw MSN026 is build out of sequence to Qantas - is that to get the wirring certified? Anyone has any information about that?



Regards

Steen



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User currently offlineBramble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 14938 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.


User currently offline797charter From Denmark, joined Jun 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14720 times:



Quoting Bramble (Reply 3):
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.

Thanks for this "inside"


Regards

Steen



Keep it clear of the propellers
User currently offlinePlaneInsomniac From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 676 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14594 times:

Thanks a lot for the update!

Quoting FlySSC (Thread starter):
Those parts will start being assembled on January 2nd 2008



Quoting FlySSC (Thread starter):
It will be delivered to AF in March 2009

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.



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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7402 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 13123 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.


User currently offlineGoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1830 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11809 times:

Great news FlySSC. So finally YUL is confirmed for AF A380 ? because there were recently some hesitations (I'm referring to the recent declaration of some AF officials during the test flight to YUL).

User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3740 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 10682 times:
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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.

Quoting FlySSC (Thread starter):
Three more aircraft will be added to the fleet in 2010.

That means the last B744 in pax config will leave the fleet before all 12 A380's are delivered.

Bonnes fetes de fin d'annee  Smile !!!

Ben Soriano



Ben Soriano
User currently offlineAlphaomega From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 568 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 10422 times:

Will AF fly it to IAD at all and maybe replace the 3x daily flights from CDG?

User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7402 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9815 times:



Quoting Alphaomega (Reply 9):
Will AF fly it to IAD at all and maybe replace the 3x daily flights from CDG?

Right now, IAD is not on the list of AF's A380 destinations.
After YUL/JFK/NRT, PEK, LAX, SIN are planned to follow but all that willhappen in 3 years from now, so, who knows ?


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