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Almost 100 A380 Aircraft In Service  
User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11641 posts, RR: 33
Posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 17937 times:

Airbus is set to deliver the 100th A380 to MH next month. The lucky bird will be MSN114 / 9M-MNF.

A picture of MSN114 with the "100th A380" sticker:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/xfwspotter/8509429567/
(uploaded by XFW-Spotter)

Time flies, and despite some difficult periods the A380 reaches delivery number 100. So who will take delivery of number 200?  


Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And I'm not sure about the universe.
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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10733 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 17762 times:

Wow, suddenly that happens fast.
Number 200? Likely in 2017, and 40% chance its an Emirates plane!


User currently offlinefactsonly From Montserrat, joined Aug 2012, 894 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 17682 times:

Check this page to see how the EK A380 fleet is performing:

http://www.theeksource.com/


User currently offlineatlengineer From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 17175 times:

Quoting factsonly (Reply 2):
Check this page to see how the EK A380 fleet is performing:

http://www.theeksource.com/

From the link, it seems to me that there are an unusual number of "technical issues" delaying flights. Thoughts?

ATLengineer


User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5135 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16960 times:

Quoting atlengineer (Reply 3):
Thoughts?

Sand?  


User currently offlinemusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16959 times:

Quoting atlengineer (Reply 3):
From the link, it seems to me that there are an unusual number of "technical issues" delaying flights. Thoughts?

ATLengineer

Its either they have a good reporting system, or their planes are maintained to a lower standard to other airlines, or they have a lot more flights everyday than other airlines.

I do have to say that, on my last EK A380 flight back in January 2013, on a 2 month old machine, lots of those window blinds were broken (the handle of them) in Y class, it does not look good at all and gave the impression that EK dont look after their planes as well as it should be.



Lufthansa Group of Airlines
User currently offlinedtswi From Portugal, joined Aug 2001, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16847 times:

Quoting musapapaya (Reply 5):

Everybody should know that Emirates ' maintenance level and pilot training still offer lots of room for improvement !

Same like Turkish - no, thank you !


User currently offlinejbcarioca From Brazil, joined Jan 2013, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 15084 times:

There have been quite a few reporting anomalies that have caused unnecessary cancellations. Flight Global had an inservice report on the aircraft a year or so ago:
http://www.flightglobal.com/page/A380-In-Service-Report/

As you see if you read the article, Airbus then had lots of false indications, partly the result of a conservative approach early in the service life. However, operating costs are better than specified and are further improving as new blocks of mods reduce weight and make other improvements. The cancellations and technical delays are almost all false warnings. Dispatch reliability has recently gone above 98.5% as I recall from another report, so is now meeting contractual terms. Further the A380 is doing turns regularly in less than two hours with no problems.

All in all operators seem pretty pleased, and attest that the A380 has fewer launch problems than did the B777, the A340 or the B744.

BTW, OT, I'll wager the B787 will be an easy aircraft for dispatch reliability once a couple of hundred of them get in service so all the bugs can get worked out. As the B773 and A380 have shown, software problems are easy to fix once they've been understood, but they're very hard to diagnose precisely. That makes serious improvements slower in the beginning of service, if I understand this correctly..


User currently offlinehannahpa From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 11539 times:
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Who has #99 and When?

User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8533 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11166 times:

How much weight has been cut from the A380 since early builds? Will they cut more?

User currently offlineprebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6449 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 9670 times:

Quoting jbcarioca (Reply 7):
There have been quite a few reporting anomalies that have caused unnecessary cancellations. Flight Global had an inservice report on the aircraft a year or so ago:
http://www.flightglobal.com/page/A38...port/

That Flight Global report is from October 2009, so 3½ years old.

That was when the 20th A380 was delivered to Air France.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlinejet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 872 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 9482 times:

Last two weeks saw a nice Thai A380 while transiting Narita. Big purple.

Backlog is drying up though, down to 2006 levels. Might be at 2005 levels before year end unless orders pick up.


User currently onlineastuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10023 posts, RR: 96
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 8480 times:
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Quoting Flighty (Reply 9):
How much weight has been cut from the A380 since early builds? Will they cut more?

About 3 tonnes from the airframe, with another tonne to come (according to EK, who have also taken about 2 tonnes out of their cabin in the same timeframe)

Rgds


User currently offlineflood From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 1381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 8210 times:

Quoting atlengineer (Reply 3):
From the link, it seems to me that there are an unusual number of "technical issues" delaying flights. Thoughts?

In skimming through the homepage and the February archive, they reported three technical issues this month. That doesn't really strike me as an unusual number.

Quoting jbcarioca (Reply 7):
Dispatch reliability has recently gone above 98.5% as I recall from another report, so is now meeting contractual terms.

At the ILA in September Airbus stated they're now running at 99.3%.

Airbus is underlining the positive effect that a number of retrofit measures on various systems has had on A380 dispatch.

A380 marketing head Richard Carcaillet says the retrofit improvements lifted the fleet's dispatch reliability rate by a percentage point, to 99.3%, from the beginning of 2012.

The improvement has been notable during the course of delivery of the past 25 aircraft, he says.

Modifications have been made to systems such as landing-gear door sensors which, he says, were "a bit too twitchy" as well as fuel pumps, electro-hydraulic actuators and door systems.


http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...sh-up-dispatch-reliability-376362/


User currently offlineJohnClipper From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2005, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7919 times:

are there some L/N's missing in sequence? I flew A6-EEC a month ago and that was MSN 110. Did some not get made or get skipped?

User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11641 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7086 times:

Quoting hannahpa (Reply 8):
Who has #99 and When?

CZ will take # 99 in the next few days. This will be MSN120 / B-6140.



Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And I'm not sure about the universe.
User currently offlinewellies From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7062 times:

Quoting astuteman (Reply 12):
(according to EK, who have also taken about 2 tonnes out of their cabin in the same timeframe)
Quoting musapapaya (Reply 5):
on my last EK A380 flight back in January 2013, on a 2 month old machine, lots of those window blinds were broken (the handle of them) in Y class

A link maybe? Heavy handles?!    


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11641 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7062 times:

Quoting Flighty (Reply 9):
How much weight has been cut from the A380 since early builds? Will they cut more?

Up to 4 tons according to Emirates. It is likely that more cuts will follow.



Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And I'm not sure about the universe.
User currently offlinescouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7008 times:

Quoting JohnClipper (Reply 14):
are there some L/N's missing in sequence? I flew A6-EEC a month ago and that was MSN 110. Did some not get made or get skipped?

Yes a number were not taken up or delivery deferred once a number had already been allocated - e.g. the freighters and the planes for MH were initially supposed to be early build and were then deffered but some early numbers were not reused. Also MSN001, 002 and 004 are still at Airbus as test aircraft or (in the case of 002 awaiting delivery (for ever!))


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11641 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2892 times:

It's now official: Airbus delivers 100th A380

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eadspics/8557106382/




Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And I'm not sure about the universe.
User currently offlinebreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 18):
Quoting JohnClipper (Reply 14):are there some L/N's missing in sequence? I flew A6-EEC a month ago and that was MSN 110. Did some not get made or get skipped?
Yes a number were not taken up or delivery deferred once a number had already been allocated - e.g. the freighters and the planes for MH were initially supposed to be early build and were then deffered but some early numbers were not reused. Also MSN001, 002 and 004 are still at Airbus as test aircraft or (in the case of 002 awaiting delivery (for ever!))

The A380 deliveries are notorious for being completely out-of-sequence, nearly random.
This is based on cancellations and deferrals, yes, but also several batches of ac with different kind of problems/upgrades.
The cracks and their remedial works have added to that.


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