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Will QF 93/4 MEL-LAX) Be An A380 By December 2008?  
User currently offlineQantasHeavy From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 379 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4354 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.

Any informed guesses? Thanks.

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User currently offlineWingedMigrator From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2212 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4336 times:

It's quite possible.

The first Qantas A380 (VH-OQA) had its maiden flight today and will be delivered in October.
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl...ger/2008/01/a380-msn014-flies.html


User currently offlineQantasHeavy From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 379 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4327 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.

User currently offlineVhqpa From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4326 times:

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.



Vhq



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User currently offlineWingedMigrator From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2212 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4286 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.


User currently offlineAstuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10000 posts, RR: 96
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4146 times:
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Quoting QantasHeavy (Reply 2):
I did not realise it will take another nine months after initial flight to be delivered

Airbus have said that the A380 production process won't be fully "industrialised" until after the first 25 frames have been delivered, sometime in 2009.

Quoting WingedMigrator (Reply 4):
and more than 20 are built in total

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.

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User currently offlineQantasHeavy From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 379 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4134 times:

Will be great in a couple years when the 787 is on the scene and there are dozens of A380s in service. And when the "newness" of those wear off we'll have the A350s and 748i models rolling out!

User currently offlineAirlineAddict From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 22 hours ago) and read 4005 times:
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According to construction timelines at LAX, October 2008 will see the first regularly scheduled A380 flight. These are always subject to delay though...

User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4817 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 13 hours ago) and read 3847 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.

 checkmark  It will likely operate before that even with just the one aircraft.



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User currently offlineZoltuger From New Zealand, joined Nov 2005, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 3682 times:

is there a particular reason why the new stylised kangaroo livery is not being deployed onto MSN 14?

User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 3675 times:



Quoting Zoltuger (Reply 9):
is there a particular reason why the new stylised kangaroo livery is not being deployed onto MSN 14?

Because it was painted before the new livery was announced. Some have said it was this bird that was the catalyst for the livery change.


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