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A380 Production Thread Part 15  
User currently offlineiowaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 79046 times:

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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 78709 times:
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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, 5779 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 78657 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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 78475 times:
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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, 1268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 78016 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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 77977 times:
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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, 4096 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 77513 times:

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

User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 77354 times:
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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, 33958 posts, RR: 85
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 77097 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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 76427 times:
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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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 75876 times:
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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, 692 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 75793 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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 75725 times:
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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, 692 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 75685 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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 75650 times:
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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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 74841 times:
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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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 74811 times:
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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, 1268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 74382 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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 74314 times:
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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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 73769 times:
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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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 73513 times:
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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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 73142 times:
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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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 73109 times:
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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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 72539 times:
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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, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 71823 times:
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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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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 5779 posts, RR: 41
Reply 25, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 72366 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 24):

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

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 consuming to get the cabin interior installed completely.

As much as I do like all these beautiful concepts, to go with a more standardised catalog on the A350 seems like a wise decision Airbus has made. And those airlines really wanting something different on the A350 (like LH) they will do the cabin interior themselves.  .


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 26, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 72255 times:
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IMO all those luxury options like showers do not fit in today's economic world. And less options would make assembly much easier indeed.


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User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 4096 posts, RR: 4
Reply 27, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 73183 times:

MSN156, KE's 10th, is confirmed at the current aircraft on convoy 30/20013

User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 28, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 73191 times:
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Airbus Looks at A380 Operating Boost With Winglets:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-1...ing-boost-with-winglets-seats.html



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User currently offlineart From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3626 posts, RR: 1
Reply 29, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 72954 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 28):
Airbus Looks at A380 Operating Boost With Winglets:

It will be interesting to hear how Airbus propose to add winglets to a 79m+ wing yet remain within an 80m x 80m box.


User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 3454 posts, RR: 27
Reply 30, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 72844 times:

@ 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 making a complete update, let alone a new version.

I can't wait to see the design for the winglets. Will they look similiar to the A 350? Or rather like the 777's raked winglets? Or maybe even folding wingtips?

I guess they will test the new winglets on MSN 001 or 004 as they did for the A 320.


User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 5779 posts, RR: 41
Reply 31, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 72869 times:
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Quoting N14AZ (Reply 30):
Airbus improving the A 380 step by step rather than making a complete update, let alone a new version

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 program seems like a wise course to follow. Especially if they would end up just as successful as the A330 has been.  .

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 30):
I can't wait to see the design for the winglets. Will they look similiar to the A 350? Or rather like the 777's raked winglets? Or maybe even folding wingtips?

Well, a step by step (evolutionary) redesign would most likely end up with winglets like the A350. The raked wingtips as used by Boeing are unlikely since they are a Boeing patent and fit perfectly to the wing design philosophy of Boeing. Airbus designs and builds their wings differently, where other wing tip solutions will have other (better) effects.


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 32, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 72602 times:
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Quoting art (Reply 29):
It will be interesting to hear how Airbus propose to add winglets to a 79m+ wing yet remain within an 80m x 80m box.

Folding wing tips?   



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User currently offlinetortugamon From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 6587 posts, RR: 25
Reply 33, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 72578 times:

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 31):
Still a new version is to be expected with an EIS just after 2020 or so.

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 then have Airbus add a new version of the aircraft and presumably change the engine requirements again. I would expect it in unison.

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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 34, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 72259 times:
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As for why Emirates will not take the open slots in 2015:

Quote:
The sale does not immediately resolve a problem of what to do with an estimated 5 A380 aircraft remaining to be sold in 2015, for which the first parts must soon be ordered.

Emirates is unlikely to take delivery of those since they do not fit its schedule for introducing a complex new in-flight entertainment system, which must be planned well ahead.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/1...bai-emirates-idUKBRE9AI0VD20131119



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User currently offlinePetera380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 72179 times:
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So what would an A380 with Sharklets look like?  

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Reply 36, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 72142 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 34):
As for why Emirates will not take the open slots in 2015:

So the Doric-order should be picking up those slots. But the MoU is not converted into a fix order yet.


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 37, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 72124 times:
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Quoting EPA001 (Reply 36):
So the Doric-order should be picking up those slots. But the MoU is not converted into a fix order yet.

First Doric deliveries will start in 2016, the 2015 slots can only be taken by existing customers.



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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 5779 posts, RR: 41
Reply 38, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 72008 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 37):
First Doric deliveries will start in 2016, the 2015 slots can only be taken by existing customers.

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.


User currently offlineA380Heavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 39, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 71967 times:

Quoting Petera380 (Reply 35):

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 huge order from Emirates if (a) they do provide a 3% fuel saving and (b) Airbus offers a retrofit option on existing A380's



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Reply 40, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 71936 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 24):
Russian photographer Alexandr Cheban visited Toulouse and made beautiful pictures of the A380 cabin mockups:

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

I find the artificial stones rather interesting. Other than that, although fancy to look at, nothing new.



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 41, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 71422 times:
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MSN131 was moved to the delivery center.


Delivery center msn131 F-WWSU 21/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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Reply 42, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 70881 times:
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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 F-WWSU 22/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 5779 posts, RR: 41
Reply 43, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 70723 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 42):
MSN149 LH #12 initial engine run.

The smoke blown out when new engines makes their initial run is always impressive to see.  .


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Reply 44, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 70690 times:
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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/67880718@N03/10999384384/



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 45, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 69571 times:
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> MSN135 EK #40 (A6-EEN) delivery scheduled today @ 17:00
> MSN133 EK #41 (A6-EEL) delivery scheduled today @ 17:30



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User currently offlineA380Heavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 46, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 69546 times:

Is the first Qatar A380 fully painted yet, I don't recall having seen a photo yet.


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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 47, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 69492 times:
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No, not yet. It's currently undergoing cabin installation, painting will follow afterwards.


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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 48, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 69363 times:
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MSN157 EK #51 confirmed on convoy #31.


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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 49, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 68953 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 45):
> MSN135 EK #40 (A6-EEN) delivery scheduled today @ 17:00
> MSN133 EK #41 (A6-EEL) delivery scheduled today @ 17:30

MSN135 and MSN133 are now on route to DXB:

http://www.flightradar24.com/UAE7380
http://www.flightradar24.com/UAE7381

Meanwhile in Toulouse, MSN149 LH #12 did a RTO test and will be ferried to XFW very soon.


RTO msn149 F-WWSX 27/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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User currently onlineaudidudi From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 50, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 68794 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 44):

Could the radome dish be a part of international WiFi installation?


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Reply 51, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 68881 times:
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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 might be the first A380s to get it.


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Reply 52, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 68716 times:
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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


Roll Out msn117 F-WWSV 28/11/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 53, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 68210 times:
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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 view of MSN152:


Asiana Airlines Airbus A380-841 cn 152 F-WWAP // HL???? by Clément Alloing - AirTeamImages, on Flickr



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User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 3454 posts, RR: 27
Reply 54, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 68123 times:

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 tailfin of poor MSN 002. What's the latest "word on the street" about her (transfer to outfitting, etc.)?

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Reply 55, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 67416 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 53):
MSN131 has been applied with its final registration (HS-TUF).

HS-TUF is now on its way to BKK:

http://fr24.com/THA8909



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Reply 56, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 66318 times:
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Lufthansa's 12th A380 (MSN149) will be named "Hamburg".


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User currently offlinebycac From France, joined Mar 2010, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 57, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 65646 times:

I update with 2 new photos

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3682/11157230705_486fdcb72a_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7298/11157266976_7e71f6e17e_c.jpg

And MSN 149 DLH joined XFW yesterday afternoon.no photo too many fog in TLS !


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 58, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 64974 times:
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Quoting bycac (Reply 57):
I update with 2 new photos

   Keep up the good work.

Quoting bycac (Reply 57):
And MSN 149 DLH joined XFW yesterday afternoon.no photo too many fog in TLS !

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 THE FOG by XFW-Spotter, on Flickr



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User currently offlineAb345 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2013, 1009 posts, RR: 1
Reply 59, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 64890 times:
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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 does it take for the aircraft to be in the final livery stage from the state that MSN152 for OZ is now ? Same also for MSN137 for QR. It seems like a while especially for the QR first airframe

Cheers


User currently offlineclickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9823 posts, RR: 64
Reply 60, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 64747 times:
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Quoting audidudi (Reply 50):
Could the radome dish be a part of international WiFi installation?

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) and Lufthansa Technik have won the right to retro-fit all in-service A380s with Panasonic’s advanced Global Communications Services.

The joint agreement allows in-service A380s to be equipped and certified with Panasonic’s broadband connectivity and mobile phone services. It is the first time that Airbus has allowed this type of communications hardware to be retrofitted onto this unique airframe type.

http://www.panasonic.aero/News/Artic...csandLufthansaTechnikAnnounce.aspx


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Reply 61, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 64369 times:
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MSN158 EK #52 confirmed on convoy #32.


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User currently offlinebycac From France, joined Mar 2010, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 62, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 64018 times:

And for today , first engine run for Asiana without fuel.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5529/11238175155_1ab6816192_c.jpg



http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7392/11238175135_df73a44cd1_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7360/11238273153_8a7d11ca21_c.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5505/11238207796_52b1d37690_c.jpg


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Reply 63, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 63230 times:
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Quoting bycac (Reply 62):
And for today , first engine run for Asiana without fuel.

But how does one run an engine without fuel...???


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Reply 64, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 62808 times:
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MSN152 first engine run is scheduled for today.


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User currently offlineart From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3626 posts, RR: 1
Reply 65, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 62718 times:

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 in the first months of the year and higher in the last months of the year. Completing and delivering a fairly consistent number each month seems a more efficient way of organising production to me.


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 66, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 62747 times:
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Quoting art (Reply 65):
How many more deliveries scheduled for December?

3x EK (MSN 138, 139 and 140).

Quoting art (Reply 65):
I wonder when deliveries will settle into a pattern of 2-3 per month instead of the level being lower in the first months of the year and higher in the last months of the year.

Never. Due to the summer break in France, there will always be less A380s to deliver in the first half of the year.



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User currently offlineart From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3626 posts, RR: 1
Reply 67, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 62566 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 66):
Quoting art (Reply 65):I wonder when deliveries will settle into a pattern of 2-3 per month instead of the level being lower in the first months of the year and higher in the last months of the year.
Never. Due to the summer break in France, there will always be less A380s to deliver in the first half of the year.

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 more aircraft in the first half of the year (6/11 of annual production achieved Jan-Jun, 5/11 of annual production achieved Jul-Dec). Is your assessment somehow connected with the aircraft needing to spend months being outfitted in Germany?


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Reply 68, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 62382 times:
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Quoting art (Reply 67):
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 more aircraft in the first half of the year (6/11 of annual production achieved Jan-Jun, 5/11 of annual production achieved Jul-Dec). Is your assessment somehow connected with the aircraft needing to spend months being outfitted in Germany?

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, there are less A380s to deliver in the first half of the year.

[Edited 2013-12-09 04:52:43]


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Reply 69, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 62111 times:
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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



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 70, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 61839 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 64):
MSN152 first engine run is scheduled for today.

And as expected, first engine run (+ taxi test) was completed today.


Taxiing msn152 F-WWAP 9/12/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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User currently offlinebycac From France, joined Mar 2010, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 71, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 61491 times:

And more of the Asiana !

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2876/11295649574_5789c99f17_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7428/11295691773_c37005e3e1_c.jpg



User currently offlineSemaex From Germany, joined Nov 2009, 923 posts, RR: 2
Reply 72, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 61252 times:

Quoting bycac (Reply 71):

Good shot, here you can really see the up-tilt of the outboard engines.



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User currently offlinebycac From France, joined Mar 2010, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 73, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 60885 times:

And MSN150 in the sky during is touch and go !

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3734/11310727595_6404bd9095_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7379/11310854623_304d40d60a_c.jpg


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Reply 74, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 60959 times:
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MSN137 QR #1 finished cabin outfitting and painting in XFW.

http://pics.aviation-friends-hamburg.de/uploads/2013/12/i3916bfxsev.jpg

Source http://pics.aviation-friends-hamburg....php?seite=display&img=i3916bfxsev



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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 5779 posts, RR: 41
Reply 75, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 60785 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 74):
MSN137 QR #1 finished cabin outfitting and painting in XFW.

Finally!  

The picture is very promising. If we see better pictures we can determine if this might be the best looking A380 so far.  


User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 3454 posts, RR: 27
Reply 76, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 60729 times:

@ Karel: Finally!! Thanks for sharing this picture. Although you don't see that much from that angle.

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Reply 77, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 61082 times:
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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 depends on the opening of the new Doha airport (could be February, March or April).


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User currently offlinescouseflyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 3468 posts, RR: 9
Reply 78, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 60998 times:

Quoting Semaex (Reply 72):

I'm guessing that this is due to the wing twist ?


User currently offlineart From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3626 posts, RR: 1
Reply 79, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 60965 times:

Quoting Semaex (Reply 72):
Quoting bycac (Reply 71):
Good shot, here you can really see the up-tilt of the outboard engines.
Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 78):
Quoting Semaex (Reply 72):
I'm guessing that this is due to the wing twist ?

Oh dear! First they have to fix the wing ribs, now they've got to untwist the wing. Do the problems never stop?  


User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 3454 posts, RR: 27
Reply 80, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 60864 times:

@ Art, scouseflyer, Semaex: honestly, it looks cruel, even in the first picture presented by Bycac. Is it just an optical illusion?

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 75):
Finally!
Quoting N14AZ (Reply 76):
Finally!!

Cheers EPA001  


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Reply 81, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 60864 times:
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Quoting N14AZ (Reply 80):
Cheers 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.


User currently offlineTheRedBaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 3292 posts, RR: 26
Reply 82, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 60749 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 24):
Russian photographer Alexandr Cheban visited Toulouse and made beautiful pictures of the A380 cabin mockups:

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

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 get is a squashed out version...LOL.

TRB



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User currently offlinebycac From France, joined Mar 2010, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 83, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 60337 times:

Asiana doing his RTO this afternoon , first flight very soon !

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5517/11325071865_9f16d46215_c.jpg


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 3111 posts, RR: 25
Reply 84, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 60279 times:

Wow that QR A380 looks nice fully painted. Looking forward to seeing more pictures of it.


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Reply 85, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 59791 times:
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Emirates #42 A6-EEP (MSN138) delivery scheduled for today.


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Reply 86, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 59271 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 85):
Emirates #42 A6-EEP (MSN138) delivery scheduled for today.

MSN138 is now on its way to DXB http://fr24.com/UAE7380



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User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 3454 posts, RR: 27
Reply 87, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 59238 times:

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 because it reminds me of something. Today I remembered about what:

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Brian Pace Malta



I think it is not fortunate to have the belly painted white and the upper part of the fuselage in grey. Creates this Breguet-like look, or even Beluga-like. Or is it just me?


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Reply 88, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 59033 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 86):
MSN138 is now on its way to DXB

Here's a nice picture of MSN138, taken just before takeoff to DXB:

http://v2.airplaneupload.de/images-i15602bx3enk.jpg

Source http://olivertotzke.de/spotterbrowser/imgview.php?id=4163



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 89, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 58647 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 52):
MSN152 OZ #1 and MSN117 AF #10 finished final assembly and were towed to the flightline.

MSN152 first flight is now underway:

http://fr24.com/AIB1AP



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 90, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 58476 times:
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MSN144 BA #4 completed its first cabin test flight today.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/76476705@N03/11351568863/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/76476705@N03/11351410665/



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User currently offlineLittleOwl From Germany, joined Oct 2013, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 91, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 58151 times:

Here is some nice footage of the arrival of Asiana Airlines' first A380 at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVHrNcZYw8Q



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Reply 92, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 58072 times:
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Quoting LittleOwl (Reply 91):
Here is some nice footage of the arrival of Asiana Airlines' first A380 at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport:

Nicely done, and thanks for sharing  



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Reply 93, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 57997 times:
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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


First&Ferry Flight msn152 F-WWAP 13/12/2013 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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User currently offlinesomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 4096 posts, RR: 4
Reply 94, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 56949 times:

Skymarks's first, MSN162, has been spotted on convoy 33/2013, tha last convoy this year, on its way to TLS

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Reply 95, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 56618 times:
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Quoting someone83 (Reply 94):
Skymarks's first, MSN162, has been spotted on convoy 33/2013, tha last convoy this year, on its way to TLS

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



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 96, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 55982 times:
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Here's the first side-shot of MSN137:

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BbwIugOIIAAGRDY.jpg:large

Source http://twitter.com/AviateAddict/status/413214860965859329/photo/1



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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 5779 posts, RR: 41
Reply 97, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 55573 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 96):
Here's the first side-shot of MSN137:

Wow, in QR's livery the A380 is living up to my expectations. This is a very beautiful looking bird.  


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 98, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 55563 times:
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Here are two more pictures:

http://instagram.com/p/iCnpz9EXl-/
http://instagram.com/p/iCnn1rEXl7/



[Edited 2013-12-18 04:25:42]


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User currently offlineFAEDC3 From Ecuador, joined Jun 2007, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 99, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 55333 times:

I'm in love... This QR bird is just gorgeous!

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Reply 100, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 55187 times:

I 100% agree, the QR livery seems to be just perfect for the A380.

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Reply 101, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 55079 times:
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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



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Reply 102, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 55468 times:

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.

User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 3454 posts, RR: 27
Reply 103, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 55401 times:

Quoting timboflier215 (Reply 102):

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

That's what I think as well. Makes the A 380 look like a Breguet Atlantic, see reply 87, IMHO


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Reply 104, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 54925 times:
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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 Flickr



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User currently offlineaviaponcho From France, joined Aug 2011, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 105, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 54863 times:

So no rush between Christmas and New Yaer for last deliveries ?
Good sign
How many so ?
Who's next?


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Reply 106, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 54938 times:
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Quoting aviaponcho (Reply 105):
How many so ?

Airbus delivered 25 A380s this year.

As for Emirates, they now have 44 A380s in the fleet.

Quoting aviaponcho (Reply 105):
Who's next?

British Airways #4 (MSN144) will be delivered in January 2014, another Emirates will follow in January or February.

Qatar should follow quickly, the aircraft is ready but delivery depends on the opening of the new Doha airport (could be February, March or April).



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 107, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 54432 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 104):
Airbus today delivered MSN 139 and 140 to EK (A6-EER / A6-EES). These were the last deliveries for 2013.

Both aircraft are now on their way to DXB, see here:

http://fr24.com/UAE3046
http://fr24.com/UAE7380



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Reply 108, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 53895 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 106):
British Airways #4 (MSN144) will be delivered in January 2014

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 - AirTeamImages, on Flickr



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 109, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 53077 times:
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Airbus confirmed the production rate of 30 A380s for for 2014.

http://twitter.com/vguillermard/status/415156323991302144

This was already leaked out through the convoy schedule in reply #10.



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User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 3454 posts, RR: 27
Reply 110, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 51930 times:

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 ./. 3 cancellations by a certain German air taxi company  

Total orders: 309

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 104):
These were the last deliveries for 2013.

Deliveries year by year were as follows:

2007: 1
2008: 12
2009: 10
2010: 18
2011: 26
2012: 30
2013: 25
2014: 30 (planned)

Edit: 2012: 30 deliveries, thanks KarelXWB!

[Edited 2013-12-27 06:04:54]

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Reply 111, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 51866 times:
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Quoting N14AZ (Reply 110):
2012: 25

Airbus delivered 30 A380s in 2012.



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Reply 112, posted (2 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 50620 times:
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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.com/watch?v=7gqhOKXvlvg



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Reply 113, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 49213 times:
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MSN141 EK #45 finished painting and cabin outfitting at XFW.


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



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Reply 114, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 48209 times:
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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



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User currently offlinecougar15 From Germany, joined Sep 2013, 794 posts, RR: 0
Reply 115, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 48023 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 16):
MSN4 received a new marketing slogan "more personal space" (it previously was "own the sky"); the aircraft will participate to the Dubai air show.

Love that picture, A380 meets Little ´4 Hairdryer´ 146 Piglet  



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 116, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 47212 times:
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MSN159 EK #53 confirmed on convoy 2014 #1.


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Reply 117, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 46867 times:
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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 A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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User currently offlinetrent900 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 551 posts, RR: 0
Reply 118, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 46169 times:

msn144 F-WWAK seems to be en-route UK bound at FL350. Customer acceptance flight or delivery?

D.


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Reply 119, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 46129 times:
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Too soon for delivery, it's either a check flight or the customer acceptance flight.

[Edited 2014-01-09 02:36:46]


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User currently offlinetrent900 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 551 posts, RR: 0
Reply 120, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 46061 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 119):
Too soon for delivery, it's either a check flight or the customer acceptance flight.

Thanks Karel, the trouble is I've been to busy keeping track of A350 goings on! When is this one (their fourth?) due?

D.


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Reply 121, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 46100 times:
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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 msn144 F-WWAK 9/1/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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User currently offlinebycac From France, joined Mar 2010, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 122, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 45673 times:

AIB05AK on return flight with a low pass..







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Reply 123, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 45486 times:
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Quoting bycac (Reply 122):
AIB05AK on return flight with a low pass..

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?  


User currently offlinebycac From France, joined Mar 2010, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 124, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 45448 times:

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 123):

LED is G-XLED !


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Reply 125, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 45476 times:
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Quoting bycac (Reply 124):
LED is G-XLED !

Ah, thanks. Then I take it all BA A380's have this signage? (And I must have missed that too   ).


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Reply 126, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 45486 times:
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Quoting EPA001 (Reply 123):
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?

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 Flickr



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User currently offlinebycac From France, joined Mar 2010, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 127, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 46015 times:

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 125):

Yes all BA 380's have this signage.


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Reply 128, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 45956 times:
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Quoting bycac (Reply 127):
Yes all BA 380's have this signage.
Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 126):
It's a part of the aircraft registration, G-XLEA = LEA, G-XLEB = LEB etc

OK. Thanks for your answers. How I could have missed that I still don't know.  


User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 3454 posts, RR: 27
Reply 129, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 45762 times:

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 of QR's first A 380?


User currently offlinejumpjets From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2012, 1108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 130, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 45636 times:

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 ideas as to what would that number represent as XLED doesn't have any similar number?

Also XLED is still wearing its French registration - at what point would that be changed to its British G-XLED?


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Reply 131, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 45563 times:

Quoting jumpjets (Reply 130):
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 ideas as to what would that number represent as XLED doesn't have any similar number?

I believe the '29' is an Airbus code and is removed before customer delivery along with the French registration.

tortugamon


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Reply 132, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 45542 times:

Quoting jumpjets (Reply 130):
Quoting tortugamon (Reply 131):

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.


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Reply 133, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 45355 times:
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Quoting bycac (Reply 132):
I think the number 29 is used when G-XLEA visit Le Bourget Air Space!

Correct.

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 129):
Any news about the planned delivery of QR's first A 380?

The aircraft is ready, Qatar will take delivery after the new Doha airport opens (and nobody knows when this will be).



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Reply 134, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 44739 times:
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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



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Reply 135, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 43847 times:
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The tail fin of MSN162 arrived in TLS today.

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bd2Rg7UCEAADlKH.jpg:large

http://twitter.com/Airbus/status/422653934897860608



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 136, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 43628 times:
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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 firmed in Q1
> Sales target for 2014 is 30
> Kingfisher order has (finally) been removed from the order book
> A380 list price went up to 414.4 million (was 403.9 million)

http://www.airbus.com/live/

[Edited 2014-01-13 03:54:01]


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User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 4096 posts, RR: 4
Reply 137, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 43592 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 136):
> Sales target for 2014 is 30

DORIC, pluss ten more, so quite realistic


Seems like MSN161, BA's #6, is having its first flight today


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Reply 138, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 43582 times:
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Quoting Someone83 (Reply 137):
DORIC, pluss ten more, so quite realistic

Rumors say Transaero will announce new aircraft orders next month, it might include additional VLA's (B748/A380).



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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 5779 posts, RR: 41
Reply 139, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 43470 times:
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Quoting Someone83 (Reply 137):
DORIC, plus ten more, so quite realistic

Indeed, quite a realistic target. And last year they scored more new orders than targeted. Maybe they can do it again this year?   .

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 138):
Rumors say Transaero will announce new aircraft orders next month, it might include additional VLA's (B748/A380).

Would be good to achieve the sales score already so early in the year.  . It could save us a lot of threads about "X-months since the last A380 order" here on A-net.   

[Edited 2014-01-13 05:19:24]

User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8646 posts, RR: 25
Reply 140, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 42823 times:

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 125):
Then I take it all BA A380's have this signage?

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 enable confirmation of the aircraft's identity prior to boarding at T5. Aircraft permanently based at LGW do not have this feature.

Quoting jumpjets (Reply 130):
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 ideas as to what would that number represent as XLED doesn't have any similar number?

It is its exhibit number for when it took part in the 50th Paris Air Show last June. It was applied before it ferried TLS- LBG on 16 June . It was removed after it flew back to TLS straight from the flying display on 18 June. So it was not present for its customer acceptance flight on 25 June or for its delivery to BA on 28 June.


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Reply 141, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 42352 times:
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Quoting VV701 (Reply 140):
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 enable confirmation of the aircraft's identity prior to boarding at T5. Aircraft permanently based at LGW do not have this feature.

Thanks for your further explanation about how and when this signage is used by BA.  


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Reply 142, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 41522 times:

MSN117, AF's #10, is ferried to XFW for outfitting today

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Reply 143, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 41150 times:
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MSN144 BA #4 has been applied with its final registration (G-XLED), suggesting it has been delivered.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aircrafts/11983181566/

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 142):
MSN117, AF's #10, is ferried to XFW for outfitting today

MSN117 first and ferry flight:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aircrafts/11982305995/



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User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 144, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 40503 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 143):
MSN144 BA #4 has been applied with its final registration (G-XLED), suggesting it has been delivered.

G-XLED is currently on its way to LHR.

http://fr24.com/BAW380



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User currently offlinebycac From France, joined Mar 2010, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 145, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 40394 times:

Yes!



And only BA' 380 do this on delivery flight ! says bye bye to Airbus Factories !



User currently offlineTheRedBaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 3292 posts, RR: 26
Reply 146, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 40288 times:

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 139):
Would be good to achieve the sales score already so early in the year.  . It could save us a lot of threads about "X-months since the last A380 order" here on A-net.   

Never say never...some folks here may start a "A380 order cancelations" Thread.... better: "let sleeping dogs lie", (hence why I never mention certain version of the Boeing 767).

Incredible pictures of BA A380, thanks for sharing!!

TRB



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User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 3454 posts, RR: 27
Reply 147, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 40322 times:

Quoting bycac (Reply 145):

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 and maybe some glass structures at TLS.


User currently offlinejumpjet From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 362 posts, RR: 0
Reply 148, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 40188 times:

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 147):
I cannot understand why BA's engineers accepted this A 380 - itKs full of scratches!

Laziness in the wash bay, should've leathered it off before letting it go!   

Looks good though doesn't it?


User currently offlinePM From Namibia, joined Feb 2005, 7293 posts, RR: 63
Reply 149, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 39795 times:

Quoting jumpjet (Reply 148):
Laziness in the wash bay, should've leathered it off before letting it go!

They thought they were delivering it to Air France...


User currently offline817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 3224 posts, RR: 2
Reply 150, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 39047 times:

Skymark's first A380 is starting to come together:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/12031189295_ebfeef125c_b.jpg
Body join msn162 19/1/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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Reply 151, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 38040 times:
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MSN161 BA #7 confirmed on convoy #2.


Convoy 2 msn161 18/1/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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Reply 152, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 38232 times:
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Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 144):
G-XLED is currently on its way to LHR.

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

[Edited 2014-01-21 03:25:22]


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Reply 153, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 37463 times:
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MSN130 KE #9 finished final assembly.


Roll Out msn130 F-WWSD 22/1/2014 by A380_TLS_A350, on Flickr



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Reply 154, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 37177 times:
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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]


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Reply 155, posted (2 years 3 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 36091 times:
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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



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User currently offlineJohnwaynebobbet From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2013, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 156, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 35322 times:

Heard rumblings BA are trying to reduce the order to 9 from 12. Talk about it how you will, its talk from water world.

User currently offlinetortugamon From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 6587 posts, RR: 25
Reply 157, posted (2 years 3 months 5 days ago) and read 35140 times:

Quoting Johnwaynebobbet (Reply 156):
Heard rumblings BA are trying to reduce the order to 9 from 12. Talk about it how you will, its talk from water world.

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 fruition I believe it would be a statement about BA's Club World popularity.

tortugamon


User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 33958 posts, RR: 85
Reply 158, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 35136 times:
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Quoting tortugamon (Reply 157):
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?

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.


Quoting tortugamon (Reply 157):
If it comes to fruition I believe it would be a statement about BA's Club World popularity.

The A380-800 is a rather significant capacity step over the high-J 747-400 in all classes except FIRST.

[Edited 2014-01-26 21:47:34]

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Reply 159, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 35057 times:

Quoting Stitch (Reply 158):
The A380-800 is a rather significant capacity step over the high-J 747-400 in all classes except FIRST so assuming this rumor is correct, it might more be a statement about BA's general popularity (i.e. - traffic loads) on LHR-LAX & HKG?

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 don't see BA having trouble selling less than 25% more World Traveler/World Traveler+ Seats than the low J 747s (303 vs 243) which they have a lot of experience with it.

So A380s have nearly 40%-73% more Club World than the high J 747 and 77Ws respectively. In my mind, these were the yields that BA would have had a hard time predicting so if there is a change in plan, I assume this is where the issue lies.

tortugamon


User currently offline1400mph From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2013, 1075 posts, RR: 0
Reply 160, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 34892 times:

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 152):
I went to LHR last weekend and spotted G-XLED at the BA maintenance hangars.

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. Particularly on the upper deck.

Very nice.






User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 18195 posts, RR: 50
Reply 161, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 34856 times:
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Quoting Stitch (Reply 158):
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.

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 the A380, MSN173 BA #9 should be in "parts built".



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8646 posts, RR: 25
Reply 162, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 34422 times:

Quoting tortugamon (Reply 159):
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 don't see BA having trouble selling less than 25% more World Traveler/World Traveler Seats than the low J 747s (303 vs 243) which they have a lot of experience with it.

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 said that profit per square meter in F Class was lower than in the other three cabins. This was why there were only 14 F Class seats in the A380 (that, for example, is less than the 17 in the small BA 772A fleet). They also revealed that there would be a reduced number of F Class seats in their 787-9 fleet. When delivered they will be configured with just eight F Class seats.

Note that they neither revealed the rest of their planned configuration of the 787-9 nor commented on J Class cabin profitability other than inferring it was better than the F Class cabin per square meter.

Source: Commentary to Slide 45 here:

http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/cfkmnebh/lan/en


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Reply 163, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 34347 times:

Quoting Stitch (Reply 158):
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.
Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 161):
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 the A380, MSN173 BA #9 should be in "parts built".

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 delivery until 2016 which I assume is plenty of time to cancel without severe penalty for parts produced.

It gives the rumor a whiff of plausibility.

tortugamon

[Edited 2014-01-27 08:53:02]

User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 33958 posts, RR: 85
Reply 164, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 34296 times:
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Quoting tortugamon (Reply 163):
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 delivery until 2016 which I assume is plenty of time to cancel without severe penalty for parts produced.

CFE - Customer Furnished Equipment - would be the only thing that would really be an issue. Everything else could be used on any A380.


User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 4284 posts, RR: 4
Reply 165, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 34244 times:

Quoting Johnwaynebobbet (Reply 156):
Heard rumblings BA are trying to reduce the order to 9 from 12. Talk about it how you will, its talk from water world.

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 making a final decision. It has to be remembered that some of the rumours emitting from Waterside have in the past been exceedingly inaccurate, we had people posting on here that with their inside knowledge it was definitely going to be the 747-8 rather than the 380.


User currently offlinehibtastic From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2013, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 166, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 34244 times:

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?

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Reply 167, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 34014 times:
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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 today:


A380 Flightline by XFW-Spotter, on Flickr



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8743 posts, RR: 53
Reply 168, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 33902 times:
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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 nothing but full........................


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User currently offline1400mph From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2013, 1075 posts, RR: 0
Reply 169, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 33467 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 168):
so to LAX and HKG they have been nothing but full........................

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 seats.

World Traveller not so busy but adequate for January I would imagine ?


User currently offline1400mph From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2013, 1075 posts, RR: 0
Reply 170, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 33233 times:

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 service airlines with intercontinental ops based at LHR.

No doubt if there were a sole airline based at LHR operating these routes said airline would have ordered more frames than BA with VS as a competitor.

I actually find it quite surprising that AF and LH have ordered so few A380's given their dominance at their res