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The Private A380  
User currently offlineei747sydney From Ireland, joined Oct 2005, 701 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 18611 times:

Does anyone know the current status of the private A380?

It is scheduled to be delivered this year and it was one of the first A380 air frames built so where is it at the moment?

Thanks

Rob      


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User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 29680 posts, RR: 84
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 18514 times:
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She's still in TLS. She's been refurbished, but I expect that means she's had all her test gear removed and not that her VIP interior has been installed. She's been doing test flights and was supposed to be delivered by now, so not sure what the delivery delay is.

User currently offlinescouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3364 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 17871 times:

IIRC the order changed in July from a private order to one for a government. It was recently seen with no engines according to a poster on A380production.com which doesn't look good for delivery soon  

User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 8731 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 17776 times:

MSN002 is sitting on the TLS flightline without engines and the APU exhaust is covered up. She won't go anywhere soon.


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User currently offlinen471wn From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1490 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 17386 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 3):
MSN002 is sitting on the TLS flightline without engines and the APU exhaust is covered up. She won't go anywhere soon.

I think the thread starter was referring to MSN 004


User currently offlineaudidudi From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 16924 times:

Quoting n471wn (Reply 4):

Sorry,I think the thread starter is referring to MSN002. MSN004 is registered as F-WWDD and is Airbus Industrie owned.


User currently offlinestarrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1122 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 10695 times:

So what happened?

Did they discover a huge issue during the test flights or did the buyer fall through. Airbus must be getting tired of having this massive bird cluttering the flightline



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User currently offlinestrangr From Australia, joined Apr 2012, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9384 times:

I was just going to say;

"Maybe she's off to the USA as a Presidential Plane"

Just to tease the Yanks on here.


User currently offlinetrent1000 From Japan, joined Jan 2007, 511 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6142 times:

Where does one fly one's A380? I mean, does one fly to London for a spot of shopping or just to a bordering country to watch one's horses race? If only there were more A380 capable runways & terminal facilities available. It's so easy to park one's 744 pretty much anywhere...

User currently offlinemanu From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 406 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4741 times:

Quoting strangr (Reply 7):
Just to tease the Yanks on here

You enjoy poking the bear Strangr?

Quoting trent1000 (Reply 8):
Where does one fly one's A380?

Great point, and likely the main challenge for someone trying to purchase it. I don't know if the A380's flight characteristics allow for it to take off on a shorter runway with a lighter load. But this is the Achilles heal of this aircraft--and airports won't be changed as quickly as when the 747 was first released given today's economics.


User currently offlineETinCaribe From Ethiopia, joined Dec 2009, 717 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4604 times:

Who owns it? I promise, it is not me.

User currently offlineSKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1618 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4480 times:

Quoting manu (Reply 9):
Great point, and likely the main challenge for someone trying to purchase it. I don't know if the A380's flight characteristics allow for it to take off on a shorter runway with a lighter load. But this is the Achilles heal of this aircraft--and airports won't be changed as quickly as when the 747 was first released given today's economics.

Although the aircraft requires slightly wider taxiways for commercial use, it should be pretty easy for airports to handle a private A380 on an irregular basis. For example Lufthansa and Airbus have sent A380s to OSL and soon BOO will become a diversion airport. As long as there is an apron large enough it will be fine, even if it means shutting down the outer engines for taxi.

Also the A380 at full load requires a shorter runway than the 747-400 so runway length is not an issue. The Whale Jet can handle a lot more airports for this sort of private jet purpose than we think.



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User currently offlinecosyr From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3751 times:

Quoting strangr (Reply 7):
I was just going to say;

"Maybe she's off to the USA as a Presidential Plane"

Just to tease the Yanks on here.

No, even if it were American, we would never use something as ostentatious as an A380. Just a plane and simple 747 will do.  


User currently offlineAvi8r747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3423 times:

Quoting manu (Reply 9):

You enjoy poking the bear Strangr?


Don't poke the bear!   



It's an entirely different kind of flying; all together!
User currently offlineKaiTak747 From Switzerland, joined Aug 2012, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

Quoting ETinCaribe (Reply 10):
Who owns it? I promise, it is not me.

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. A Saudi royal and billionaire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Waleed_bin_Talal

Looking at his wikipedia page he is no stranger to opulence


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