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A380 Production Thread Part 15  
User currently offlineiowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4383 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 73261 times:
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Previous thread: A380 Production Thread Part 14 (by jetblueguy22 May 15 2013 in Civil Aviation)


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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 72923 times:

Today's updates:

1) MSN143 QR #2 RTO test.


Taxiing msn143 F-WWAJ 7/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr


RTO msn143 F-WWAJ 7/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr

2) MSN147 EK #47 ferry flight to XFW.


Ferry Flight msn147 F-WWAR 7/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr

3) MSN149 LH #12 finished final assembly and was moved to the flightline.


Roll Out msn149 F-WWSX 7/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr

4) MSN150 EK #48 finished final assembly too.


Roll Out msn150 F-WWSA 7/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4721 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 72871 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 1):
1) MSN143 QR #2 RTO test.

What a nice picture with two QR-tails in it.  


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 72689 times:

Additionally MSN140 EK #44 finished cabin outfitting and painting at XFW today. Will be delivered next month.


A380 Emirates A6-EER by XFW-Spotter, on Flickr



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User currently offlineScipio From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 868 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 72230 times:

With QR's second A380 taking to the air today, we now have 26 first flights this year, beating the previous best of 25 reached in 2011 and 2012.

We should get to around 30 first flights by year-end.


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 72191 times:

We should see at least 3 more ferry flights to XFW before the end of the year (MSN 145, 149 and 150).


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User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3361 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 71728 times:

Msn131/TG #6 seems to be ferried to the delivery center at TLS today

User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 71569 times:

MSN131 arrived in TLS today.


Ferry Flight msn131 F-WWSU 9/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30865 posts, RR: 86
Reply 8, posted (9 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 71312 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 7):
MSN131 arrived in TLS today.

Even with the lighter purple, she's still a good-looking bird.


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 70642 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 7):
MSN131 arrived in TLS today.

MSN131 has been named "Kamalasai".



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 70091 times:

Airbus plans to convoy another 30 A380s in 2014.

http://s21.postimg.org/wex5z1pjb/Igg2014.jpg



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User currently offlineUnflug From Germany, joined Jan 2012, 473 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 70008 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 10):
Airbus plans to convoy another 30 A380s in 2014.

Guess we can take this as an indication that the 2 slots in 2015 have found or will soon find a customer...


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 69940 times:

Quoting Unflug (Reply 11):
Guess we can take this as an indication that the 2 slots in 2015 have found or will soon find a customer...

Not entirely. The open slots in 2015 are production slots, not delivery slots. This basically means that Airbus will have to find a customer for a convoy at the end of 2015 (and delivery in 2016).



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User currently offlineUnflug From Germany, joined Jan 2012, 473 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 69900 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 12):
Not entirely. The open slots in 2015 are production slots, not delivery slots. This basically means that Airbus will have to find a customer for a convoy at the end of 2015 (and delivery in 2016).

That makes sense, thanks!


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 69865 times:

MSN134 EK #39 is now parked at the delivery center in XFW (tail fin in the background).


A380 Flightline Hamburg by XFW-Spotter, on Flickr



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 69056 times:

The next Emirates A380 (#39) was delivered today (MSN134 / A6-EEM).


A380 Emirates A6-EEM by XFW-Spotter, on Flickr

[Edited 2013-11-14 01:36:42]


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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 16, posted (9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 69026 times:

MSN4 received a new marketing slogan "more personal space" (it previously was "own the sky"); the aircraft will participate to the Dubai air show.


msn4 F-WWDD 14/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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User currently offlineScipio From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 868 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 68597 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 12):
Not entirely. The open slots in 2015 are production slots, not delivery slots. This basically means that Airbus will have to find a customer for a convoy at the end of 2015 (and delivery in 2016).

Not sure about that. In the media, the slots have been referred to as delivery slots as well as production slots.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...rs-for-delivery-slots-in-2015.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...s-forecast-a-idUSL5N0HK1QU20130924

The convoy schedule indicates that Airbus continues to plan, for the time being, on the basis of a production rate of 30 frames per year. However, this does not necessarily say anything about the end-2015 slots, since at current "problem-free" production speeds (about 9 months from convoy to delivery), frames for end-2015 delivery would be convoyed in early-2015.

Fresh news on this, in which the open "production slots" are once again linked to 2015 deliveries:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...eads-results-idUSBRE9AD07Z20131114

[Edited 2013-11-14 06:26:12]

[Edited 2013-11-14 06:29:58]

User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (9 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 68529 times:

The tail fin of MSN155 OZ #2 is on its way to TLS.

http://pics.aviation-friends-hamburg.de/uploads/2013/11/i3742b6ym6d.jpg

http://pics.aviation-friends-hamburg....php?seite=display&img=i3742b6ym6d



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 67984 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 15):
The next Emirates A380 (#39) was delivered today (MSN134 / A6-EEM).

It seems that MSN134 is leased by Doric.

http://www.doric.com/fileadmin/Doric...ic_press_release_38th_aircraft.pdf



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 67728 times:

MSN138 EK #42 engine run today.


A380 Emirates A6-EEP by XFW-Spotter, on Flickr



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 21, posted (9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 67357 times:

A nice close-up picture of Asiana's second A380 tail fin (MSN155):


Tail Fin msn155 15/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 67324 times:

Another EK A380 was towed to the delivery center today, it might be MSN135 (the whale on the right).


A380 Flightline by XFW-Spotter, on Flickr



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 23, posted (9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 66754 times:

MSN144 BA #4 finished cabin outfitting and painting at XFW.

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BZN2WJuIQAAyqnc.jpg:largehttp://twitter.com/AirBuxtehude/status/401794914801168384/photo/1



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11204 posts, RR: 33
Reply 24, posted (9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 66038 times:

Russian photographer Alexandr Cheban visited Toulouse and made beautiful pictures of the A380 cabin mockups:

http://alexcheban.livejournal.com/158084.html



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25 Post contains images EPA001 : Fantastic pictures! Great find and thanks for posting. But as beautiful as these pictures are, they also give us quite a clue why the A380 is so time
26 KarelXWB : IMO all those luxury options like showers do not fit in today's economic world. And less options would make assembly much easier indeed.
27 Someone83 : MSN156, KE's 10th, is confirmed at the current aircraft on convoy 30/20013
28 Post contains links KarelXWB : Airbus Looks at A380 Operating Boost With Winglets: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-1...ing-boost-with-winglets-seats.html
29 art : It will be interesting to hear how Airbus propose to add winglets to a 79m+ wing yet remain within an 80m x 80m box.
30 N14AZ : @ KarelXWB, @ Art: waow, that's interesting and it fits to what we discussed in the last weeks. Airbus improving the A 380 step by step rather than ma
31 Post contains images EPA001 : Still a new version is to be expected with an EIS just after 2020 or so. Until that time following an A330 continues development and improvement prog
32 Post contains images KarelXWB : Folding wing tips?
33 tortugamon : I would think that a new variant would have to tie in with the engine upgrade. I don't see the engine OEMs doing a major upgrade (10% less SFC) and t
34 Post contains links KarelXWB : As for why Emirates will not take the open slots in 2015: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/1...bai-emirates-idUKBRE9AI0VD20131119
35 Post contains images Petera380 : So what would an A380 with Sharklets look like?
36 EPA001 : So the Doric-order should be picking up those slots. But the MoU is not converted into a fix order yet.
37 KarelXWB : First Doric deliveries will start in 2016, the 2015 slots can only be taken by existing customers.
38 EPA001 : OK. Then it will remain a challenge for Airbus themselves to sell these open slots. Let's wait and see what they will come up with.
39 A380Heavy : In a word - awesome!!! Just how big well they be? If they're 2.4 metres on an A320, surely they'll be substantially larger on the A380? I can see a h
40 Semaex : I find the artificial stones rather interesting. Other than that, although fancy to look at, nothing new.
41 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN131 was moved to the delivery center. Delivery center msn131 F-WWSU 21/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
42 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN149 LH #12 initial engine run. First Engine Run msn149 F-WWSX 22/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr MSN131 TG #6 acceptance flight. Landing msn131
43 Post contains images EPA001 : The smoke blown out when new engines makes their initial run is always impressive to see. .
44 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : We can also see a radome dish on the roof. MSN146 has it too, but the other Lufthansa A380s in service don't have it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/678
45 KarelXWB : > MSN135 EK #40 (A6-EEN) delivery scheduled today @ 17:00 > MSN133 EK #41 (A6-EEL) delivery scheduled today @ 17:30
46 A380Heavy : Is the first Qatar A380 fully painted yet, I don't recall having seen a photo yet.
47 KarelXWB : No, not yet. It's currently undergoing cabin installation, painting will follow afterwards.
48 KarelXWB : MSN157 EK #51 confirmed on convoy #31.
49 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN135 and MSN133 are now on route to DXB: http://www.flightradar24.com/UAE7380 http://www.flightradar24.com/UAE7381 Meanwhile in Toulouse, MSN149 LH
50 audidudi : Could the radome dish be a part of international WiFi installation?
51 KarelXWB : Lufthansa will retrofit the A380 fleet with new seats, starting from next year. Most likely WiFi will be part of the retrofit and MSN 146 and 149 migh
52 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN152 OZ #1 and MSN117 AF #10 finished final assembly and were towed to the flightline. Roll Out msn152 F-WWAP 28/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
53 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN131 has been applied with its final registration (HS-TUF). Final registration msn131 HS-TUF 28/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr Here's another v
54 N14AZ : Thanks for keeping us updated with all these beautiful flickr-pictures (the same applies to the B 748-thread, where you do the same). I see the tailfi
55 Post contains links KarelXWB : HS-TUF is now on its way to BKK: http://fr24.com/THA8909
56 KarelXWB : Lufthansa's 12th A380 (MSN149) will be named "Hamburg".
57 Post contains links and images bycac : I update with 2 new photos And MSN 149 DLH joined XFW yesterday afternoon.no photo too many fog in TLS !
58 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Keep up the good work. There was a lot of fog in XFW too, the airport was even closed last Monday and MSN149 had to return to TLS. A380 Emirates in T
59 Post contains images Ab345 : Hello, new to the forum but always a joy to read all the comments, info and photos of all the a.netter pro's in here If anyone knows..how much time do
60 Post contains links clickhappy : Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) and Lufthansa Technik have won the right to retro-fit all in-service A380s with Panasonic’s advanced Glo
61 KarelXWB : MSN158 EK #52 confirmed on convoy #32.
62 Post contains links and images bycac : And for today , first engine run for Asiana without fuel.
63 DeltaB717 : But how does one run an engine without fuel...???
64 KarelXWB : MSN152 first engine run is scheduled for today.
65 art : How many more deliveries scheduled for December? I wonder when deliveries will settle into a pattern of 2-3 per month instead of the level being lower
66 KarelXWB : 3x EK (MSN 138, 139 and 140). Never. Due to the summer break in France, there will always be less A380s to deliver in the first half of the year.
67 art : I don't really understand what you say. If Airbus France works 6 months January-June but 5 months July-December, I would expect Airbus to complete mo
68 KarelXWB : Airbus works 11 months and there is the summer vacation break, meaning there are less convoy's during July/August. With a lead time of 9 months, ther
69 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN151 BA #6 finished final assembly and was towed to the flightline. Roll Out msn151 F-WWSI 9/12/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
70 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : And as expected, first engine run (+ taxi test) was completed today. Taxiing msn152 F-WWAP 9/12/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
71 Post contains links and images bycac : And more of the Asiana !
72 Semaex : Good shot, here you can really see the up-tilt of the outboard engines.
73 Post contains links and images bycac : And MSN150 in the sky during is touch and go !
74 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN137 QR #1 finished cabin outfitting and painting in XFW. Source http://pics.aviation-friends-hamburg....php?seite=display&img=i3916bfxsev
75 Post contains images EPA001 : Finally! The picture is very promising. If we see better pictures we can determine if this might be the best looking A380 so far.
76 N14AZ : @ Karel: Finally!! Thanks for sharing this picture. Although you don't see that much from that angle.
77 KarelXWB : Agreed, we need different angle pictures but we will have to wait until she starts moving. Runway tests might take a while however because delivery de
78 scouseflyer : I'm guessing that this is due to the wing twist ?
79 Post contains images art : Oh dear! First they have to fix the wing ribs, now they've got to untwist the wing. Do the problems never stop?
80 Post contains images N14AZ : @ Art, scouseflyer, Semaex: honestly, it looks cruel, even in the first picture presented by Bycac. Is it just an optical illusion? Cheers EPA001
81 Post contains images EPA001 : Cheers to you as well! We were both very anxious to see the first pictures of the fully painted A380 in QR's colours.
82 TheRedBaron : Great pictures thanks Karel for the link... but they remind me of pictures of food, where you see a super delicious hamburger or pizza and what you g
83 Post contains links and images bycac : Asiana doing his RTO this afternoon , first flight very soon !
84 AirPacific747 : Wow that QR A380 looks nice fully painted. Looking forward to seeing more pictures of it.
85 KarelXWB : Emirates #42 A6-EEP (MSN138) delivery scheduled for today.
86 Post contains links KarelXWB : MSN138 is now on its way to DXB http://fr24.com/UAE7380
87 Post contains links and images N14AZ : quote=KarelXWB,reply=74]MSN137 QR #1 finished cabin outfitting and painting in XFW.[/quote] I had to think about this picture since you posted it beca
88 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Here's a nice picture of MSN138, taken just before takeoff to DXB: Source http://olivertotzke.de/spotterbrowser/imgview.php?id=4163
89 Post contains links KarelXWB : MSN152 first flight is now underway: http://fr24.com/AIB1AP
90 Post contains links KarelXWB : MSN144 BA #4 completed its first cabin test flight today. http://www.flickr.com/photos/76476705@N03/11351568863/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/76476705
91 Post contains links and images LittleOwl : Here is some nice footage of the arrival of Asiana Airlines' first A380 at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVHrNcZYw8Q
92 Post contains images KarelXWB : Nicely done, and thanks for sharing
93 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : And the departure in TLS: Line up msn152 F-WWAP 13/12/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr Take-off msn152 F-WWAP 13/12/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr F
94 someone83 : Skymarks's first, MSN162, has been spotted on convoy 33/2013, tha last convoy this year, on its way to TLS
95 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Here's the convoy arriving in TLS: Convoy 33 msn162 17/12/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr Convoy 33 msn162 17/12/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
96 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Here's the first side-shot of MSN137: Source http://twitter.com/AviateAddict/status/413214860965859329/photo/1
97 Post contains images EPA001 : Wow, in QR's livery the A380 is living up to my expectations. This is a very beautiful looking bird.
98 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Here are two more pictures: http://instagram.com/p/iCnpz9EXl-/ http://instagram.com/p/iCnn1rEXl7/ [Edited 2013-12-18 04:25:42]
99 FAEDC3 : I'm in love... This QR bird is just gorgeous!
100 hibtastic : I 100% agree, the QR livery seems to be just perfect for the A380.
101 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN153 EK #49 finished final assembly and was towed to the flightline. Roll Out msn153 F-WWAE 18/12/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
102 timboflier215 : IDK, with the line between the white and grey being at the most bulbous part of the a/c (nose, wing root), I think it looks a little, ummmm, fat.
103 N14AZ : That's what I think as well. Makes the A 380 look like a Breguet Atlantic, see reply 87, IMHO
104 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Airbus today delivered MSN 139 and 140 to EK (A6-EER / A6-EES). These were the last deliveries for 2013. A380 Emirates A6-EES by XFW-Spotter, on Flick
105 aviaponcho : So no rush between Christmas and New Yaer for last deliveries ? Good sign How many so ? Who's next?
106 KarelXWB : Airbus delivered 25 A380s this year. As for Emirates, they now have 44 A380s in the fleet. British Airways #4 (MSN144) will be delivered in January 2
107 Post contains links KarelXWB : Both aircraft are now on their way to DXB, see here: http://fr24.com/UAE3046 http://fr24.com/UAE7380
108 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN144 was flown back to TLS today, to prepare the delivery next month. British Airways Airbus A380-841 cn 144 F-WWAK // G-XLED by Clément Alloing -
109 Post contains links KarelXWB : Airbus confirmed the production rate of 30 A380s for for 2014. http://twitter.com/vguillermard/status/415156323991302144 This was already leaked out t
110 Post contains images N14AZ : So now that EK has firmed their order for 50 airframes the development of the firm orders is as follows: 2010: 32 2011: 19 2012: 9 2013: 47 (50 EK ./.
111 KarelXWB : Airbus delivered 30 A380s in 2012.
112 Post contains links KarelXWB : Not related to production but worth sharing: an Emirates A380 was hit by lighting last Sunday. This event was captured on video: http://www.youtube.co
113 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN141 EK #45 finished painting and cabin outfitting at XFW. A380 Emirates A6-EEQ by XFW-Spotter, on Flickr
114 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN144 BA #4 was moved to the washing area in preparation for the delivery. Washing area msn144 F-WWAK 7/1/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
115 Post contains images cougar15 : Love that picture, A380 meets Little ´4 Hairdryer´ 146 Piglet
116 KarelXWB : MSN159 EK #53 confirmed on convoy 2014 #1.
117 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Engines of MSN151 BA #6 were started for the very first time today. The jet did a taxi test afterwards. First engine run msn151 F-WWSI 8/1/2014 by A38
118 trent900 : msn144 F-WWAK seems to be en-route UK bound at FL350. Customer acceptance flight or delivery? D.
119 KarelXWB : Too soon for delivery, it's either a check flight or the customer acceptance flight.[Edited 2014-01-09 02:36:46]
120 trent900 : Thanks Karel, the trouble is I've been to busy keeping track of A350 goings on! When is this one (their fourth?) due? D.
121 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : It appears to be the customer acceptance flight, delivery is imminent. Take-off msn144 F-WWAK 9/1/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr Acceptance flight m
122 Post contains links and images bycac : AIB05AK on return flight with a low pass..
123 Post contains images EPA001 : What does the sign "LED" means? I have not noticed this before on any A380. Did I miss something "big time" or is this something special?
124 bycac : LED is G-XLED !
125 Post contains images EPA001 : Ah, thanks. Then I take it all BA A380's have this signage? (And I must have missed that too ).
126 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : It's a part of the aircraft registration, G-XLEA = LEA, G-XLEB = LEB etc G-XLEA British Airways Airbus A380-841 by Darryl Morrell - AirTeamImages, on
127 bycac : Yes all BA 380's have this signage.
128 Post contains images EPA001 : OK. Thanks for your answers. How I could have missed that I still don't know.
129 Post contains images N14AZ : You are all wrong: it's part of a special livery celebrating the 70th birthday of LED Zeppelin's Jimmy Page today Any news about the planned delivery
130 jumpjets : Its interesting [to me anyway] that G-XLEA as pictured in post number 126 has the number 29 prominently displayed on either side of the nosw. Any idea
131 tortugamon : I believe the '29' is an Airbus code and is removed before customer delivery along with the French registration. tortugamon
132 bycac : I think the number 29 is used when G-XLEA visit Le Bourget Air Space! And also G-XLED will appear when British Airways will receive the 380.
133 KarelXWB : Correct. The aircraft is ready, Qatar will take delivery after the new Doha airport opens (and nobody knows when this will be).
134 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN154 EK #50 finished final assembly and was towed to the flightline. Roll Out msn154 F-WWAN 10/1/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
135 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : The tail fin of MSN162 arrived in TLS today. http://twitter.com/Airbus/status/422653934897860608
136 Post contains links KarelXWB : A few updates from the Airbus 2014 Press Conference: > Production rate will stay at 30 per year for the next four years > Doric order to be firm
137 Someone83 : DORIC, pluss ten more, so quite realistic Seems like MSN161, BA's #6, is having its first flight today
138 KarelXWB : Rumors say Transaero will announce new aircraft orders next month, it might include additional VLA's (B748/A380).
139 Post contains images EPA001 : Indeed, quite a realistic target. And last year they scored more new orders than targeted. Maybe they can do it again this year? . Would be good to a
140 VV701 : Most if not all BA's aircraft that operate out of LHR have the last three letters of their registration centrally above the flight-deck windscreen to
141 Post contains images EPA001 : Thanks for your further explanation about how and when this signage is used by BA.
142 Someone83 : MSN117, AF's #10, is ferried to XFW for outfitting today
143 Post contains links KarelXWB : MSN144 BA #4 has been applied with its final registration (G-XLED), suggesting it has been delivered. http://www.flickr.com/photos/aircrafts/119831815
144 Post contains links KarelXWB : G-XLED is currently on its way to LHR. http://fr24.com/BAW380
145 Post contains links and images bycac : Yes! And only BA' 380 do this on delivery flight ! says bye bye to Airbus Factories !
146 TheRedBaron : Never say never...some folks here may start a "A380 order cancelations" Thread.... better: "let sleeping dogs lie", (hence why I never mention certai
147 Post contains images N14AZ : Yes! I cannot understand why BA's engineers accepted this A 380 - itKs full of scratches! I guess it's due to the low position of the sun right now a
148 Post contains images jumpjet : Laziness in the wash bay, should've leathered it off before letting it go! Looks good though doesn't it?
149 PM : They thought they were delivering it to Air France...
150 Post contains links and images 817Dreamliiner : Skymark's first A380 is starting to come together: Body join msn162 19/1/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
151 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN161 BA #7 confirmed on convoy #2. Convoy 2 msn161 18/1/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
152 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : I went to LHR last weekend and spotted G-XLED at the BA maintenance hangars. British Airways G-XLED by on Flickr British Airways G-XLED by on Flickr[
153 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN130 KE #9 finished final assembly. Roll Out msn130 F-WWSD 22/1/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
154 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN148 BA #5 (G-XLEE) finished cabin outfitting and painting in XFW. A380 British Airways G-XLEE by XFW-Spotter, on Flickr[Edited 2014-01-22 07:42:59]
155 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Fuselage parts for MSN160 QR #4 have been spotted in Saint-Nazaire. Airbus A380-800 MSN 160 for Qatar Airways by Olivier CABARET, on Flickr
156 Johnwaynebobbet : Heard rumblings BA are trying to reduce the order to 9 from 12. Talk about it how you will, its talk from water world.
157 tortugamon : I have a hard time believing it. I thought they were going to receive #10 by next year so shouldn't work have already started? If it comes to fruitio
158 Post contains links Stitch : I do not know how accurate this site is, but it states BA #8 has is the latest with parts built and that #9 will not be delivered until 2015. The A38
159 tortugamon : Personally, I choose to look at BA's 77Ws as they are newer and therefore might be more indicative of what BA thinks their current mix might be. I do
160 Post contains images 1400mph : Flew on this bird on the 23/1. First time on A380. Couldn't get over how 'cosy' the cabins felt (in a good way) for such a large aircraft. Particular
161 KarelXWB : That list is up-to-date, although "parts built" is based on what visitors have seen in Hamburg during the public factory tour. Given the lead time of
162 Post contains links VV701 : In a presentation at the IAG Capital Markets Day on 15 November it was revealed that the BA focus was on reducing the size of the F Class cabin. They
163 tortugamon : It is #10 that is the interesting one because the stated rumor suggested that the order would be reduced to 9. From that site #10 isn't due for deliv
164 Stitch : CFE - Customer Furnished Equipment - would be the only thing that would really be an issue. Everything else could be used on any A380.
165 Bongodog1964 : With no 10 not due until 2016, I would have expected a deferral rather than a cancellation, that way BA can see how traffic numbers work out before m
166 hibtastic : With the lifting of the A380 ban in India, BA might now need the full complement of A380's if they decide to operate them to there?
167 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : In the meantime, MSN146 LH #11 finished cabin outfitting and painting in XFW: A380 Lufthansa D-AIMK by XFW-Spotter, on Flickr Flightline in Hamburg to
168 ba319-131 : The BA 'rumours' are interesting, of the number of BA A380 flight's I have taken since they have joined the fleet, so to LAX and HKG they have been no
169 1400mph : Travelled to LAX and back last week on BA A380 in Club World. Club World and World Traveller Plus were at capacity in both directions bar one or two
170 1400mph : I think it is also worth noting that VS also operate on all the routes BA would consider deploying the A380. Unlike say CDG or FRA there are two full
171 art : I see on French websites that Air France will be implementing a Paris-Abijan (Ivory Coast) A380 service starting in the winter. After the talk of the
172 KarelXWB : MSN160 QR #4 confirmed on convoy #3.[Edited 2014-01-29 03:05:01]
173 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN155 OZ #2 finished final assembly. Roll Out msn155 F-WWAQ 31/1/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
174 kl911 : Any idea where EY first A380 is?
175 KarelXWB : With delivery due in Q4, it should be on a convoy in February or March.
176 kl911 : Thanks!
177 A380Heavy : who's is the Dreamliner in the foreground? Sorry, I couldn't resist lol
178 prebennorholm : It probably belongs to Airbus. It is an early A380 prototype, also named SE-210 Caravelle, but certainly a real "dreamliner". And also the fastest je
179 KarelXWB : Emirates #46 (MSN142) finished painting and cabin outfitting in XFW today.
180 Post contains links and images Heavierthanair : G´day With the "A380 NEO launched?" topic having been archived some interesting news on the subject. http://leehamnews.com/2014/02/03/upd...-a-neo-ve
181 tortugamon : I thought Scott did a solid analysis there. His conclusion seems to be that the A380 will get a new engine that it will share with the A330neo and th
182 art : Interesting analysis. His figures make it crystal clear that Airbus has no choice but to increase the efficiency of the A380 substantially since the
183 mjoelnir : This analysis is interesting. Regarding the A 380 it seems to be an easy decision to go for a GEnx or a Trent 1000. Compared to the Trent 900, less fu
184 tortugamon : It makes you wonder if existing A380 customers will take delivery of their orders come 2016 / 2017 with these types of advances on the horizon. That
185 Post contains links Stitch : We should probably move the discussion of an A380neo to a separate thread so as to leave this one concentrating on production of the current model. Le
186 prebennorholm : PW JT8D: 727 737-100/-200 Caravelle 10/12 Mercure DC-9 CFM56: 737-300 -> 900 DC-8-7x A320 A340-200/-300 GE CF6-80: 747-400 767 A330 MD-11
187 queb : RR RB211 747 757 767 L-1011 Tu-204
188 OldAeroGuy : You could add the Saab Viggen to this list.
189 r2rho : That is disappointing and worrying. I was hoping for an increase to 36 (3 per month) sometime. At that rate, the A380 is not going to attract many ne
190 Post contains links and images bycac : The second for Asiana with Korean in the background :
191 Post contains links KarelXWB : From MSN 147 onwards, all EK A380s will be delivered with 2 more Economy seats, taking the Y class seating to 401(ULR) or 429(LR) and the total capaci
192 Post contains links and images bycac : Korean after first engine start :
193 Someone83 : MSN163, BA #8, is confirmed being on convoy 04/2014
194 SXI899 : MSN145 is planned for its first flight this afternoon (TLS-XFW), and MSN148 is planned for its second flight (XFW-XFW).
195 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Updates from last week: 1) MSN 161 and 162 were moved to the next phase of assembly. Change of station msn162 11/2/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr Ch
196 Post contains images lightsaber : I thank those that contribute to this thread. I often only browse the thread instead of posting, but I appreciate the thread. Any more news? I see the
197 KarelXWB : Well, at least Airbus will not decrease the rate at short notice*. It also means production will break even next year. * Last year, before the EK ord
198 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : A few more shots of MSN162, BC #1, switching stations: Airbus A380-841 Skymark Airlines MSN 162 F-WWSL by Jujug LFBO, on Flickr Airbus A380-841 Skymar
199 KarelXWB : MSN 141 EK #45 (A6-EEQ) was delivered on February 14.
200 Post contains links KarelXWB : Qatar has again delayed first A380 delivery. The delivery of MSN 137 has been pushed back to June to coincide with the opening of the new Doha airport
201 EPA001 : Usually the ordered airplanes are delayed. But now delays at the finishing of the airports (see BER, or KUL-2) sadly enough also become more and more
202 KarelXWB : Well, at least the aircraft will be present at the Farnborough air show.
203 KarelXWB : > MSN 164 EK #54 confirmed on convoy #5. > MSN 154 EK #50 is on its way to XFW for cabin outfit and painting.
204 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN 148 BA #5 (G-XLEE) was transferred to TLS today to prepare the delivery. British Airways Airbus A380-841 cn 148 F-WWAS // G-XLEE by Clément Alloi
205 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Speaking about BA, the tail fin for their 8th A380 (MSN 163) arrived in TLS today. Tail Fin msn163 19/2/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
206 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Movements in TLS today: 1) MSN 157 EK #51 finished final assembly. Roll Out msn157 FWWAV 20/2/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr 2) MSN 159 EK #53 was m
207 TheRedBaron : great post... so true. TRB
208 Post contains links KarelXWB : MSN137 QR #1 is back outside on the XFW flightline. http://pics.aviation-friends-hamburg....php?seite=display&img=i4589bzj9uh
209 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN148 BA #5 went up for a check flight today. BA might formally accept the airframe in the coming days. British Airways A380-841 msn 148 by dn280tls,
210 Ab345 : Karel any news on the "supposed" BA rejection of anything more than 8 frames? #9 parts should be underway by now?
211 KarelXWB : It remains a rumor; parts for #9 should be in pre-FAL now.
212 goosebayguy : Has Airbus delivered more than last year at this stage?
213 ZKCIF : they are always lazy in terms of Jan/Feb deliveries. last year only 1 frame had been delivered prior to Feb 23 in comparison with 2 this year. this q
214 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN162 BC #1 was moved to the final phase of final assembly. Skymark Airlines’ first Airbus A380 structural assembly completed by Airbus Group, on F
215 Johnwaynebobbet : It was 9 air frames. But I have heard this week that financing may now have been put in place for the final 3. I guess all will be revealed soon.
216 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN155 OZ #2 did a RTO today, XFW ferry flight will follow shorty. RTO msn155 F-WWAQ 24/2/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
217 Post contains links KarelXWB : Singapore Airlines will redesign its cabin products for its next batch of A380s. http://australianaviation.com.au/201.../singapore-to-upgrade-a380-cab
218 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN155 OZ #2 made its first flight today. Landing msn155 F-WWAQ 25/2/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
219 KarelXWB : Tom Enders today said that the Emirates order for 50 A380s will cover the problem with open slots in 2015.
220 N14AZ : What was the delivery date for QF's next A 380's? Delivery has been postponed so often that I don't remember the planned delivery dates (before today
221 mutu : I know nothing from the inside here but looking at the recent 380 flying programme that has been announced, 9 frames will not be enough. IAD, SIN, JN
222 scouseflyer : My thought was that, whilst they're not going to orders as many A380s as 744s they used to have (57 at one point), that more that 12 was an almost ce
223 Post contains links fcogafa : There is a Flightglobal article this week titled 'BA keeps options open on A380 financing British Airways is in the marketplace to finance its upcomi
224 Bongodog1964 : Its a given that airlines keep their finance options open, who would have thought back in 2007 that bank rates would be as low as 0.5% ? Likewise a d
225 KarelXWB : Airlines usually start looking for airframe financing about 1 year before delivery. 2016 and 2017 for their next two. Of course, this could have chang
226 aviaponcho : After break even so ! Perfect for Amadeus ? they can build a portfolio of 4-6 unit rapidly
227 Post contains images EPA001 : You mean Amedeo?
228 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : MSN163 BA #8 seen in body join today. The picture also shows the tail cone for MSN164 (EK #54), it will start body join in the coming days. Tailcone m
229 Post contains links KarelXWB : Korean Air is re-evaluating their A380 cabin product. http://doubledecker.boards.net/post/20486
230 Post contains links KarelXWB : British Airways is pleased with the performance of the A380. http://twitter.com/R_Wall/status/439338053765967872
231 Post contains links KarelXWB : MSN166 EY #1 confirmed on convoy #6. More information on Fligtglobal: http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...80-and-787-economics-walsh-396458/ [Edite
232 Bongodog1964 : WW please put us out of our misery and confirm the options if its doing that well.
233 kl911 : Yes! , that is the one i'm personally interested in. When is the first tail due for EY?
234 KarelXWB : It should arrive by Beluga next week.
235 Post contains images kl911 : Dank je Karel. Thanks
236 Post contains images scouseflyer : Or make the order up to a round 25
237 jumpjet : So I presume BA #5 is going to be G-XLEE and will be delivered to LHR any day?
238 KarelXWB : G-XLEE is correct. If no issues were found during the acceptance flight, contractual delivery might happen today and fly-away in the coming days.
239 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : There was an initial engine run on MSN156 KE #10 today. First Engine Run msn156 F-WWAT 28/2/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr And in XFW, MSN142 EK #46
240 Ab345 : Any news on the OZ #1 frame?! I can't wait to see the livery!
241 KarelXWB : It's undergoing cabin installation in XFW and should roll out in March or April.
242 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : The convoy arrived in TLS today. Convoy 6 msn166 1/3/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr
243 KarelXWB : New allocations: > MSN191: EY #5 > MSN192: BA #10 > MSN193: QR #7 > MSN194: BA #11 > MSN195: - > MSN196: UN #1 > MSN197: - > M
244 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Nice aerial view of MSN137 in the database: View Large View MediumPhoto © Lars Hentschel
245 Post contains links and images KarelXWB : Today's activity: 1) MSN 148 spotted with final registration (G-XLEE), fly-away to LHR should be tomorrow. Final Registration msn148 G-XLEE 3/3/2014 b
246 N14AZ : This will be delivery # 125 and # 3 for 2014 (correct me if I am wrong).
247 KarelXWB : Correct, there should be two more deliveries this month (MSN146 LH #11 and MSN142 EK #46).
248 scouseflyer : I wonder if the UN frame may get caught up in any sort of trade embargo with Russia? It'll probably be all sorted by then though hopefully!
249 Post contains links KarelXWB : I'm not entirely sure what you mean, but Transarea agreed pre-delivery payments in early 2013 and MSN196 is due for the end of next year. http://www.a
250 Post contains images N14AZ : Ever heard of the Krim? (just kidding, of course you did). Let's hope they will not become the LAA B 747's of the A 380-programme, although I very mu
251 ZKCIF : kevin1122 at doubledecker.boards.net expects EK#46 to be delivered March 25 and EK#47 March 20 thus giving us FOUR deliveries in March and six in tot
252 Post contains links KarelXWB : The second Lufthansa A380 (D-AIMB, MSN41) finished a cabin reconfiguration at HAM-LHT and now features a new in-flight entertainment system, have a lo
253 Post contains links SA7700 : This thread will be locked for further contributions. All posts added after the thread lock will be removed for housekeeping purposes only. Feel free
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