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Whats With The Next Lufthansa A380?  
User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 902 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 14873 times:

Just seen this photo on the site, and the top of the tail has part of Airbus House colours on it. My first reaction was maybe this could be an ex test aircraft, being refurbished but then there are no previous photos of it. And it is CN69 so it's a new one. Any ideas?


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P.S. - I know this might not actually be the NEXT A380 for Lufthansa, but I just couldn't think of another way to put it  

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User currently offlineAirvan00 From Australia, joined Oct 2008, 748 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 14765 times:

For memory, it is the housing of a sensor drogue that is temporally attached in the initial stages of flight testing.

If you look closely at that pic you can see the trailing cone.

[Edited 2010-12-03 00:50:01]

User currently onlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2691 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 14748 times:

Seems as if they had to replace that part of tail fin. It happened before

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Hell, they really shouldn't be allowed to play soccer within the final assembly line!  


User currently onlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2691 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14645 times:

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 2):
Seems as if they had to replace that part of tail fin. It happened before
Quoting Airvan00 (Reply 1):
If you look closely at that pic you can see the trailing cone.

Yes, I just saw that there must be more behind it. I never saw production A 380s with this sensor attached. But why should they test whatsoever if they have two prototypes available in TLS (001 and 004)?   


User currently offlineflyingalex From Germany, joined Jul 2010, 1016 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14635 times:

As others have said, it appears to be a spare part. It will be fixed in due time, but they needed a provisional fix, and this was it.

Quoting virginblue4 (Thread starter):
P.S. - I know this might not actually be the NEXT A380 for Lufthansa, but I just couldn't think of another way to put it

It's #3 in line for delivery. LH received D-AIMD in mid-November, and this aircraft will be D-AIMG, with -ME and -MF scheduled to be delivered before it.

You could have written "What's going on with this future Lufthansa A380?", for example.

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User currently offlineflyingalex From Germany, joined Jul 2010, 1016 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14607 times:

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 3):
Yes, I just saw that there must be more behind it. I never saw production A 380s with this sensor attached. But why should they test whatsoever if they have two prototypes available in TLS (001 and 004)?

If it is a test that must be performed with each aircraft, but a test that is needed only once, then it would make a lot of sense financially to have just one or two sensor assemblies and and to mount them on each aircraft as needed.

I can't think of what such a test would be though.



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User currently onlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2691 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14475 times:

Quoting flyingalex (Reply 5):
I can't think of what such a test would be though.

Exactly. Furthermore, for some airframes - I would say every second airframe - they manage to combine FF with the ferry flight to XFW. I never saw any picture of an A 380 arriving in XFW with that sensor attached, except for one of the former prototypes sold to EK, MSN 007 or 009 - don't remember which one.


User currently offlineSR4ever From Luxembourg, joined Mar 2010, 800 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 14063 times:

Any more news as to the next destinations where LH will operate 388s?

User currently offlinedairy From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 13067 times:

I only heard SAN FRANCISCO will be served with Lufthansa A380 in 2011 - but I don't know if it will be very next route to be announced, but then: one of the next routes to be announced


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User currently offlineLHRNUE From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 11090 times:

Do we know already the names for E, F and G?

User currently onlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2691 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10932 times:

Quoting LHRNUE (Reply 9):
Do we know already the names for E, F and G?

E will be Johannesburg, the rest I don't know.


User currently offlineflyingalex From Germany, joined Jul 2010, 1016 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10892 times:

Quoting SR4ever (Reply 7):
Any more news as to the next destinations where LH will operate 388s?

LH will keep trying to operate A380s to PVG (which they wanted initially, but got PEK instead).

I have also heard they want to serve India with the A380 (probably BOM, possibly DEL).

Other than that, no idea. JFK, maybe.

Last year, I was at an event where Mayrhuber said South America is unlikely. Otherwise I would have thought GRU, because that route has such strong demand for Business Class and the A380 has a lot of premium seats.

Quoting LHRNUE (Reply 9):
Do we know already the names for E, F and G?

Not yet. My guess is one of them will be Johannesburg.

The other two will probably get something from the list above: New York, Schanghai (this is how it's spelled in German, before anyone complains), Mumbai... we'll see.



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User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3384 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7015 times:
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Quoting N14AZ (Reply 2):
Seems as if they had to replace that part of tail fin. It happened before


If it is just a temporary replacement fairing they would not need the drogue... That said, the drogue cable goes somewhere, there is a reel and motor attached either in the fin or aft body...

this is suspicious...


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