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A318: She Flies!  
User currently offlineAltoun From France, joined Feb 2001, 70 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

Hi,
I just come back from Finkenwerder.
At this time, A318 makes her first flight. She took off at 10h11 (German time).
It should be a 3 and a half hour-flight. So I am waiting to see her on final from my office!
Personnally I was not able to take any picture, but there were so many people that I am sure we will get them soon.
It was really a great moment!
And remember, A318 is not only a shorter A319, as she integrates lots of innovative technologies (LASER welding...)


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User currently offlineEal401 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

Am I the only person who, on seeing a picture of an A318 can't help but go "aaaaaah!"

Or do I need some help?


User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

Here is the airbus press release:

http://www.airbus.com/media/article.asp?id=496

Fritzi



User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

Hers another article (german only)
http://www.ndr.de/ndr/regional/hh/20020114/airbus.html
Peter



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

There was a clip of the takeoff run in the ARD news at 15:00. It´s not yet on their website (http://tagesschau.de/), but it will probably appear there in a few hours.

User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1755 times:

She flies!

The question remains....she sells! (?)


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1726 times:

Eal401, yeah, the A318 is kinda "Awww!"

Anyone remember that computer generated fake A317? It had about three pax windows. Very amusing.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineSK A340 From Sweden, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1713 times:

The clip is now on http://tagesschau.de.
(Only in German)

/SK A340


User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1675 times:

I made a photo from the TV when she took off. Check my webpage.
See profile for the URL.
Peter



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User currently offlineBmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1567 times:

who is to get the first of them and how much smaller than a319?

User currently offlineAC340 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1519 times:

Personally, I can't wait to see this baby in Air Canada colours. It is great to hear that the first flight was a success.


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1508 times:

Air Canada has ordered A318s?? Are they to be purchased or leased? When is delivery of the first A318 set for? You're right, this cute little Airbus baby would
indeed look cool in AC livery.

Canadi>nBoy
YYZ


User currently offlineChrisa330 From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

AC has not ordered any A318's. They have pending orders for A319, A320, and A340-500/600.



User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

geez, let the guy speculate! I too, would love to see AC get some.


Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlineAirCanadaGuy From Canada, joined Jan 2002, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1363 times:

Chrisa330 wrote.."AC has not ordered any A318's. "

I would challenge your information. Air Canada does in fact have orders put in for the 318 to replace the Dc9 along with the 732. The rest of your statement is accurate.

ACG


User currently offlineC-GRYK From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 751 posts, RR: 36
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

ACG, you're wrong, as I just said in another post, AC does NOT have any 318 orders. Nothing specific is replacing the DC-9's (they are already gone btw, they are now only used as backup acft) or 732's. Sorry to burst your bubble, but as of right now, AC has said nothing about the 318.

Jeremy



Think before you type!
User currently offlineAlaskaairlines From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

Thats great! What will be the next airbus that will make first flight? Most likely the A380.

-Dmitry


User currently offlineChrisa330 From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

The next Airbus to make a first flight will be the A340-500. I'm not sure when this will be, however it should be soon.

ACG: I would check you facts before challenging anybody's post. Unless you have internal info that hasn't been announced.


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

This is great news, hope more of the Chinese carriers order the A318.

User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1639 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

This plane is the "puppy" of the Airbus fleet... looks kinda neat in the pics I've seen on some German sites. I hope Air Canada orders them someday.. if they ever get their finances straightened out.

User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4638 posts, RR: 36
Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

I can't wait to see the A340-600 in AC colours!


Word
User currently offlineTwa902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3129 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1080 times:

Personally, I can't wait to see this baby in Air Canada colours

literally... baby

twa902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineHamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2750 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1057 times:

Does anybody have concrete information on who the latest A318 cancellations were?

At the moment, I'm assuming 12 of the 22 cancelled aircraft are from the GATX-Flightlease cooperation, which is now DOA. This would also account for the 1 missing customer. The other 10 cancellations I'm assuming are also from a lessor, most probably ILFC or GECAS.

Can anybody confirm/deny these assumptions?

Hamlet69



Honor the warriors, not the war.
User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

Has it struck anyone else too that her tail is huge?
Or am I just seeing it this way?
It almost seems like its bigger than the whole aft section of the plane.


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4810 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1022 times:

Where were the orders from and when were they placed? I can't find anything on what you're claiming. It has long been known that AC was taking hard looks at both the 717 and A318 but I thought that had been postponed.

25 AWspicious : Peter; Cool photo! It took me a while (don't read Greman) but I found some articles. Did anyone else (who dosen't speak German) see the video clip of
26 AWspicious : By the way, I Love A304; I remember reading somewhere that the tail is bigger due to reasons I don't recall.
27 Jean Leloup : Very nice video, and nice photo peter. I think it's typical for a tail to be heightened when a fuselage is shortened, isn't it? I think the 747SP had
28 Klaus : AWspicious: I remember reading somewhere that the tail is bigger due to reasons I don't recall. With the shorter fuselage, there is also a shorter lev
29 Mls515 : But will the tailfin stay attached?
30 Post contains links and images Mark_D. : Well let's hope the tailfin stays attached, sure! Anyway, biggie-looking vertical stabilizers for stubby plane variants-- like the 74SPs, and shortie
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