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Airbus Factory Tours

Sat Oct 19, 2002 6:43 pm

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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RE: Airbus Factory Tours

Sat Oct 19, 2002 7:14 pm

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.
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RE: Airbus Factory Tours

Sat Oct 19, 2002 7:19 pm

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

Sat Oct 19, 2002 10:27 pm

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
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RE: Airbus Factory Tours

Sat Oct 19, 2002 11:00 pm

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

Sun Oct 20, 2002 12:51 am

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".

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RE: Airbus Factory Tours

Sun Oct 20, 2002 1:06 am

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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