FlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7458 posts, RR: 57 Posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 17480 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
FlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7458 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 17080 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.
wingsofman72 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 129 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 14756 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.
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..
SSPhoenix From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6609 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.