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First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL  
User currently offlinetozbek From Turkey, joined Jul 2005, 119 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 24026 times:
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First VIP Airbus A380 which was a prototype will convert as a business jet. The aircraft F-WXXL was going to make a test flight in Toulouse 24th May 2012: http://youtu.be/74yJiZIrtEw

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User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8060 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 23532 times:

So it's actually an old test machine, not a new-build? An A380-800CJ has been ordered (or even >1?), besides this conversion, right?


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User currently offlinescouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3383 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 23374 times:

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 1):
So it's actually an old test machine, not a new-build? An A380-800CJ has been ordered (or even >1?), besides this conversion, right?

No this is the only current VVIP order for the A380 currently. There were rumours of an African businessman who was after one (Micheal someone) but that never turned into an order. There were 5 test A380s:

MSN001 - to remain at Airbus
MSN002 - This plane - sold to private customer
MSN004 - Currently XWB testbed, originally was to go to EY but they changed for a newbuild, may eventually be sold for VVIP
MSN007 & 9 - again originally for EY but swapped for newbuilds and these 2 were sold to EK and are in service with them

Busy couple of days at TLS - 100th A320 for Air Asia, the roll-out of the A350 test fusealage and now this 


User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9170 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 23305 times:

I was going to ask where it was painted, as normally, the new built aircraft fly "green" to XFW. But that explains it of course. Old Airbus company colors are painted over and the rest of the job will likely be done at HAM or BSL, not sure of Lufthansa Technik or Jet Aviation won the contract.


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User currently offlineBrouAviation From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 985 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 23288 times:

Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 2):

No this is the only current VVIP order for the A380 currently.

I thought this customer ordered two of them?



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User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1117 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 23007 times:

Is this the one with the drive in car park and elevator and concert hall?

User currently offlinesomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3330 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 22711 times:

Quoting BrouAviation (Reply 4):
I thought this customer ordered two of them?

No, only one


User currently offlinebigsmile From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 164 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 22657 times:

Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 2):
MSN001 - to remain at Airbus
MSN002 - This plane - sold to private customer
MSN004 - Currently XWB testbed, originally was to go to EY but they changed for a newbuild, may eventually be sold for VVIP
MSN007 & 9 - again originally for EY but swapped for newbuilds and these 2 were sold to EK and are in service with them

MSN001 is the test bed for the A350XWB


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User currently offlinescouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3383 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 22040 times:

Quoting bigsmile (Reply 7):
MSN001 is the test bed for the A350XWB

Oops my mistake


User currently offlineSRMD11 From Switzerland, joined Jan 2007, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 21864 times:

Has anyone an idea where the cabin will be modified? BSL - Jet Aviation?

User currently onlinesolarflyer22 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Nov 2009, 990 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 17283 times:

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Is this the A380 that Al Waleed ordered or did he cancel it after the GFC?


User currently offlineHBGDS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 12841 times:

Quoting someone83 (Reply 6):
Quoting BrouAviation (Reply 4):
I thought this customer ordered two of them?

No, only one

What a cheapskate   


User currently offlineairboe From San Marino, joined Jan 2011, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 12249 times:

Quoting tozbek (Thread starter):
First VIP Airbus A380 which was a prototype will convert as a business jet. The aircraft F-WXXL was going to make a test flight in Toulouse 24th May 2012: http://youtu.be/74yJiZIrtEw

              

Actually it flew already in March (maybe first time 8th)

More her:

http://forum.a380production.com/boar...5-MSN002-(Private-Customer)/page15

and a pic:
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Airbus-A380-841/2080350/L/


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keep it free of the propellers
User currently offlinegoosebayguy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2009, 382 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9918 times:

When I worked in Saudi Arabia I saw a programme follwing Prince Al Waleed. If I recall correctly he is the head of an area in Saudi and once a year holds court where his people can come and ask him for things. Well this old man turned up asking for a new truck because his had been hit by a train. Saudi Arabia only has one train so that in itself is quite a feat! Anyway Perince Al Waleed gave him a new 4x4. Currently he has a 747 and 727. The 727 follows the 747 around carrying the luggage!

User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7233 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5595 times:

Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 8):
Quoting bigsmile (Reply 7):
MSN001 is the test bed for the A350XWB

Oops my mistake

I believe MSN004 is also with Emirates



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User currently offlinejogales From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5394 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 14):

I believe MSN004 is also with Emirates

Still with Airbus as of a couple months ago:

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