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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6293 times:

Has anybody taken the Airbus factory tours offered by a private company in Toulouse? If so what is it like? Are they worth it? Or are they aimed at, shall we say, just "curious" people with no real interest in aviation?

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User currently offlineMikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 6278 times:

I took a tour march 2002, together with my classmates at NTNU, and I was quite disappointed. I don't know how much it did cost but all we got was a busride around the area, watching I movie about airbus (that I'd seen before) and a little peek inside the 330 line.
we also went to the socata factory, where we got a really great tour. There we could walk around almost anywhere, take pictures outside, and get good answers to our questions.

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 6271 times:

That's what I thought.
Any more opinions? How does Airbus treat airline staff with real interest?

User currently offlineCelestar From Singapore, joined Jul 2001, 470 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6234 times:

I am going to a conf at Toulouse in early Nov.
I was hoping to stay one extra day to see if I could visit Airbus factory.
I do not know do they have this service or who should I be contacting, any help?
also, earlier email mention socata factory, is this near Toulouse.
Sny info will help me a lot. Thanks

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6219 times:

http://www.taxiway.fr/ Airbus factory tours
http://www.cite-espace.com/ Space park with a full scale Ariane mockup.

User currently offlineB727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6191 times:

I went to the factory last year as an airline staff member on holidays. I got the full ground tour that included the entire A340 line from parts delivery on the A300-600ST, to avionics and cabin fitting.

I was lucky that I was working for an airline that, at the time, was looking at a fleet upgrade. During this I had had many meetings with Airbus reps and got to know a few people inside the organisation. I don't think you would get the same level of tour without knowing anyone on the "inside".


User currently offlineKLAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6185 times:

I dunno about Taxiway's tours, since my dad knows a guy who works in the painting department, and gave us a private tour of everything, even the paint factory, where no one else usually goes  Smile It was fun. The most interesting, IMO are the 320/300 lines. The 340 lines are big but not so interesting.

the "Cite de L'espace" SUCKS. Its a waste of time to go all the way over to the other side of Toulouse just to see it. It really doesnt have much to offer.

-Clovis  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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