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The Last A320-100 Retired From Service  
User currently offlineFlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7379 posts, RR: 57
Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 16634 times:

The last A320-100 in service, F-GFKA for Air France, was retired from service a few days ago, by the end of July.

Ironically, this aircraft was also the first A320 delivered to an airline and operated the very first Air France A320 commercial flight on April 18th 1988 (CDG-DUS-TXL).

Only 20 A320-100 built in addition to the prototype :

7 were ordred by Air Inter (transfered to AF in 1997 after AF and IT merged)
5 were ordered by British Caledonian (later to BA)
8 were ordered and delivered to AF.

Apart from the wingtip fences, the -200 had a substantial MTOW increase, as weel as increased fuel capacity.

The 21 A320-100 produced are :

msn 01 F-WWBA Airbus Company

msn 02 F-GFKQ Air France
msn 03 F-GGEG Air Inter
msn 04 F-GGEF Air Inter
msn 05 F-GFKA Air France
msn 06 G-BUSB British Airways
msn 07 F-GFKB Air France
msn 08 G-BUSC British Airways
msn 09 F-GFKC Air France (crashed at Habsheim during Air Show in June 1988)
msn 10 F-GGEA Air Inter
msn 11 G-BUSD British Airways
msn 12 F-GGEB Air Inter
msn 13 F-GGEC Air Inter
msn 14 F-GFKD Air France
msn 15 F-GGED Air Inter (crashed in Jan. 1992 during approach at SXB)
msn 16 F-GGEE Air Inter
msn 17 G-BUSE British Airways
msn 18 G-BUSF British Airways
msn 19 F-GFKE Air France
msn 20 F-GFKF Air France
msn 21 F-GFKG Air France

http://www.british-caledonian.com/images/F-WWDA2.jpg


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User currently offlineDeltaB757TUS From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 16573 times:

I'm not a fan of Airbus products but it is a sad day when an airplane is retired. Hope she will soon fly again with another airline someplace in the world.


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User currently offlinePM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6840 posts, RR: 64
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 16528 times:

Excellent job, FlySSC!

Am I right in believing that the British Caledonian livery was only painted on one side of that frame?

I flew on G-BUSD (1992) and G-BUSE (1991). In fact 'SE was the first A320 I flew on and, rather happily, I was upgraded to Business!

Classic planes. Sorry to see them go.


User currently offlinescarebus03 From Ireland, joined Apr 2005, 303 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 16512 times:
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Sad to see, anybody know the final hours and cycles on the airframe prior to it's removal from service?

Brgds
SB03



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User currently offlineFlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7379 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 16234 times:

Quoting DeltaB757TUS (Reply 1):
Hope she will soon fly again with another airline someplace in the world.

All the A320-100 retired from service by AF or BA were stored or scrapped. None of them were sold to another carrier.
F-GFKA is currently stored. Don't know yet if it will be scrapped or donated to a museum to be preserved.

Quoting DeltaB757TUS (Reply 1):
Am I right in believing that the British Caledonian livery was only painted on one side of that frame?

BCal was a launch customer for the A320 (along with AF and IT) yet never got to fly commercially in the Golden Lion livery.
Before delivery of the first aircraft was due in Spring 1988, BCAL had been taken over by BA.
Therefore, the aircraft were painted in BA colours in Toulouse, and the first BCal A.320 was delivered to Gatwick in March 1988 in BA livery.
But at least 2 of them were painted in the full BCal when they were still in Toulouse, wearing their French registration (F-WWDD, & DE, later became G-BUSB & SC)

The aircraft half painted in Air France colours and half in BCal colours you are refering to is actually msn 2 F-WWDA, one of the prototypes who later became F-GFKQ for AF.
It was used for demonstration flights by Airbus in 1987.


User currently offlinecx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 15312 times:

Sad to hear this. I flew an AF A320-100 FRA-CDG back in 1997 - my only time on the model.

User currently offlinePM From India, joined Feb 2005, 6840 posts, RR: 64
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 15287 times:

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 4):
The aircraft half painted in Air France colours and half in BCal colours you are refering to is actually msn 2 F-WWDA, one of the prototypes who later became F-GFKQ for AF.

Ah, thanks.


User currently offlinewingsofman72 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 117 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 13910 times:

Thanks for the update, I did actually get to fly on this one back in Aug 2001, in fact DUS-CDG. While not as intersting as some of the other aircraft I have flown on (N711PA, N707PA etc.), certinly was a stroke of good luck to get this one! Hope it gets a good home at a musuem or display.

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 13151 times:

I recall seeing that AF A320 at VCE on several occasions. I think I saw it last June at VCE.

User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4361 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11317 times:

Quoting DeltaB757TUS (Reply 1):
I'm not a fan of Airbus products but it is a sad day when an airplane is retired. Hope she will soon fly again with another airline someplace in the world.

22 years in heavy short range service are enough. Let her rest.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6409 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11214 times:

I had a nice flight on F-GFKE on 2Mar03 FCO-CDG. Nice that the -100 lasted so long although the -200 is much more impressive aircraft with more range.

The A320 is probably the best aircraft that Airbus has produced so far.

The777Man



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User currently offlineacabgd From Serbia, joined Jul 2005, 655 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 9971 times:

I think I flew this one recently, back on May 6, 2010 VIE-CDG or CDG-VIE on May 10, 2010.

Is there any way to find out if the flights were really operated by this particular bird?

Thanks!



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User currently offlineSSPhoenix From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9838 times:

What model of the A320 do Airbus use for as their test frame?


There's Method in the Madness ...
User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1537 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9534 times:

Quoting SSPhoenix (Reply 20):

IIRC the original msn 001 -100 series.

Although in this quite awesome youtube clip (Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson testing out the envelope protection) it does have wingtip fences. But good chance they were tested out on the test frame and stayed there..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKBABNL-DDM

(someone please correct me if I am wrong)

[Edited 2010-08-13 02:37:52]


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User currently offlineSSPhoenix From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9415 times:

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 21):
IIRC the original msn 001 -100 series.

Thats good news to me ... means at least a single -100 machine will be flying around.Great!

Hope they don't ever get rid of it when the A320 replacement test aircraft(s) come along.



There's Method in the Madness ...
User currently offlinejoost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3154 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6958 times:

Quoting SSPhoenix (Reply 22):
Thats good news to me ... means at least a single -100 machine will be flying around.Great!

There's not much -100 on the F-WWBA. This specific aircraft is modified over and over again to test all kind of improvements. Probably, in the current state, it's the most advanced A320 flying around.

It has been seen flying without wing fences (original specification), with wing fences and blended winglets:


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It has also been flying with different engine types:


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Along with several minor and major modifications.


User currently offlineSSPhoenix From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5763 times:

Quoting joost (Reply 24):
There's not much -100 on the F-WWBA. This specific aircraft is modified over and over again to test all kind of improvements. Probably, in the current state, it's the most advanced A320 flying around.

I agree the original test aircraft has undergone numerous changes - but to re-phrase ... I should have said it is porbably the aircraft out-there that is going to have the most in common SPECIFICALLY in terms of the wingbox, airframe ... i.e. the Primary structure.

As far as systems are concerned ... Airbus test aircraft are subsequently modified to easily handle module changes.



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User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4766 times:

That A320 looks really good in the British Caledonian colours.

Shame someone can't resurrect it somehow.


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