kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12177 posts, RR: 35 Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2136 times:
Well, if it says it there, I wouldn't have any reason to doubt it. Someone's going to get it and why shouldn't it be MEA. It's just a question of whose aircraft happens to be in the production queue.
It's certainly worthy of a big celebration. Out of all commercial airliners, only the 737 has passed that milestone; nothing else has come even half way there. The 727 reached around 1,830 and the DC9 exceeded the 2,000 mark, if you include all of its different variants (including the 717).
Hopefully they'll have a big celebration to mark this when the time comes.
Indeed they cheat a bit and skipped some cn's, I can now find 1813, 1822, 1830, 1919, 1930, 1985, 2025, 2111, 2722 but there might be more. They can solve that issue by completing for instance 5001 to 5008 first before presenting cn 5000 to MEA as the official 5000th Airbus narrowbody.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
breiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1861 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1704 times:
Quoting AustrianZRH (Reply 2): Sorry to nitpick but will MSN5000 be the 5000th A320 built? Or were there some MSNs skipped or a change in building order?
Predicting which ac of the A320 family will be the 5,000 th one is kind of complicated.
At the end of March 2011, MSN 4654 was already delivered although only 4619 ac were delivered in total.
This does not mean that 35 frames have been left out.
The A320 family is now produced out of 3 assembly lines (Toulouse, Hamburg/Finkenwerder and Tianjin), all of them following the same numbering system but not necessarily in sequence.
In particular, the ac assembled in Tianjin are way beyond their European counterparts: the latest ac delivered in March is MSN 4525.
In the end, Airbus will decide which ac is the "5,000 th" one and will afix a sticker on it to please customer and media.