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A318: She Flies!  
User currently offlineAltoun From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2376 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 (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2065 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 , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

Here is the airbus press release:

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

Fritzi



User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

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


User currently offlineKlaus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1858 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 (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

She flies!

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


User currently offlineCedarjet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1786 times:

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

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


User currently offlineSK A340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1773 times:

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

/SK A340


User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1735 times:

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


User currently offlineBmi330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1627 times:

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

User currently offlineAC340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1579 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 (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1568 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 , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

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



User currently offlineJean Leloup From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1532 times:

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

User currently offlineAirCanadaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1423 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 , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1404 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


User currently offlineAlaskaairlines From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1380 times:

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

-Dmitry


User currently offlineChrisa330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1346 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 , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1227 times:

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

User currently offlineCaribb From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1165 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 , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1145 times:

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

User currently offlineTwa902fly From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1140 times:

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

literally... baby

twa902


User currently offlineHamlet69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1117 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


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1096 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 , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1082 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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