QantasHeavy From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 379 posts, RR: 1 Posted (6 years 11 months 2 days ago) and read 4479 times:
Am booked on QF 93/4 for Christmas at the end of this year and was wondering if there is good reason to suspect the A380 will be established on the route by then. Am booked on a 747-400 but am guessing (hoping!) it could be an A380.
QantasHeavy From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 379 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 days ago) and read 4452 times:
Thanks. Wow... MSN # 14! There are that many off the factory floor already in flight acceptance testing? I did not realise it will take another nine months after initial flight to be delivered. I have seen the new QF products for the A380 and they really look nice.
WingedMigrator From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2259 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4411 times:
Quoting QantasHeavy (Reply 2): There are that many off the factory floor already in flight acceptance testing?
Twelve have now flown, and more than 20 are built in total. Sections for the fifth QF A380 (MSN029) went into the factory at Toulouse a few nights ago. Flightblogger has an excellent summary of the A380 production status.
Sadly, having to hand-wire these birds, and the intensity of the labour, means that there is a fair old queue at this process. IIRC Airbus have over 1000 EXTRA bodies currently employed on this activity.
Zkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4865 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3972 times:
Quoting Vhqpa (Reply 3): If all goes to plan and there aren't delays in the delivery schedule QF will have 3 A380's by December which is enough for QF93/94 to go daily and one of the SYD/LAX flights to go 3x weekly.
It will likely operate before that even with just the one aircraft.