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Airbus A-318 And A-380  
User currently offlineMdsmith11 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 194 posts, RR: 1
Posted (14 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 1875 times:

Forgive me if this has been duscussed recently, but I'm not having any luck pulling this up the topic search.

My questions is; has the actual construction begun on the the Airbus A-318 and the much hyped A-380? I know that at one time there were questions raised concering even getting a jetway up the entry door of a A-318 without striking the engine, and there was also some controversy conceerning the runway length/and or factory size in Tolouse France. But again, has the first peice of metal been cut yet on any of these two new planes?

Mark from UAL @ MSY (Where it finally quit raining)

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User currently offlineA330/B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 1854 times:

The A318 is in the process of being actually built right now. It's first flight is expected later this year. I have no idea if there is any real problem regarding the jetway and engine with the A318. There have not been any orders since last year though, whatever that means.

The A380 is of course not being built yet. Construction should begin in 2004 in preperation for it's first flight in 2005.

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 1850 times:

The A318 prototype should fly late this year or early next year. Airline service is expected to begin late 2002. The thing is goofy looking - the tail is outlandish. but I don't think the jetway problem will be much of an issue, as you can see from the picture.

I read an article that Airbus has started recieving either the first fuselage sections, or the tooling to build them - I'm not sure which. But the construction stage has definately begun.


User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3735 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Where did you get this pic with the funny tail??? HEHE! Here is the normal one:

You scared me for a while!

User currently offlineMdsmith11 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 194 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 1825 times:

Well thank ya'll for the answers....now I feel educated and that I learned something new today.

Thanx to everyone!

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