N14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2591 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 12376 times:
Airbus tried to sell all testplanes except for MSN 001. There was a thread about this two or three years ago called something like "Airbus is cleaning up their backyard". It was anounced during a Dubai Air Show, that EK will buy a part of the testbirds.
MSN 002 has been sold to Prince Al-Walid and will become the Flying Palace, the only VIP A380 so far.
2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1022 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 12051 times:
Quoting N14AZ (Reply 2): Something is wrong with your number of deliveries. So far 17 A380s have been delivered to the airlines:
1.) SQ: 9
2.) EK: 5
3.) QF: 3
My mistake: I wrote the numbers down correctly when I was adding up the list; and then transposed them when typing the thread.
Otherwise thanks for the information on how most of the "Airbus" planes have been sold and will enter service.
However, why did Airbus even "own" frames 7 & 9? What was their purpose/use?
Frames 1 & 2 are obvious. I figured frame 4 as either more testing or marketing (all of those flights to many airports to show off and to demonstrate that it could potentially service those airports). Why did they need 2 more?
WingedMigrator From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2081 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9392 times:
Quoting 2175301 (Reply 3): However, why did Airbus even "own" frames 7 & 9? What was their purpose/use?
MSN009 was the Engine Alliance test airframe, the only Airbus frame fitted with GP7200 engines. MSN007 was a cabin test airframe and was initially slated for extensive route-proving flights. That role fell to MSN002 when the production problems delayed completion of 007.
LH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1705 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3632 times:
If msn 004 and 007 have been reengined from RR to EA, what will happen to their "old" RR engines? Will they be used on other production airframes, or will they be scrapped/ used as spares? Seems like a waste to me...