snn2003
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What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 4:55 am

After they are done running tests and they have all the data they need what will happen to it? Think i can get her cheep on ebay?
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 4:57 am

I believe it will be refurbished and delivered to either SQ or EK.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 5:03 am

Noway, this plane will be a part of Airbus' testing center for all days in his life!
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 5:07 am

So no ebay, huh? Thats not fair. I prolly only be outbid in the last 30 sec anyway...
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 6:31 am

I read that it will go to SQ.
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 6:43 am

I thought it was always Airbus' thing to keep the aircraft for their own testing needs. The A340-311, A340-642, all 5 super transporters, Their A318-121, and their loved and very "broken in" A320-111. The A320 is the oldest of the airbus fleet almost pushing 20 years old. I think with the start of a whole new aircraft they will keep it...

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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 6:56 am

A380 msn 001 will be retained by Airbus as a test airframe. The other 3 test airframes are due to go to Etihad along with a fourth A380 fresh off the line.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 6:59 am

AGGoetzfried is correct, it will serve out the rest of its flying days as a test aircraft for airbus ! It will never be sold to any airline !
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 7:00 am

Once they're done testing it why keep it? sell it and get all that money back for it(how much do they cost anyway?)

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 5):
A340-642

I'm pretty sure they only kept it because it wasn't suitable for airline use.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 7:01 am

Which frame will participate in the destructive testing?
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 7:57 am

Quoting Brons2 (Reply 9):
Which frame will participate in the destructive testing?

Two static frames were/are being used for the ground/destructive testing - msn 5000 and msn 5001.

Quoting AeroVodochody (Reply 8):
I'm pretty sure they only kept it because it wasn't suitable for airline use.

That's correct - the first A346 has a cabin door configuration that means it cannot be used for passenger operations with a typical cabin setup - it lacks the overwing emergency exits that are installed on all production A346s.
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 10:00 pm

Quoting AeroVodochody (Reply 8):
Once they're done testing it why keep it? sell it and get all that money back for it(how much do they cost anyway?)

When are they ever finished testing? Anyway, this kind of thing isn't unusual. I can't check right now but I'm pretty sure Boeing are still flying the first 757 off the line and they certainly didn't ever sell the first 747-100. Conversely, it can cost a company a small fortune to convert a pre-production airframe for sale. After they had finishied testing (I guess there are times when they do) Boeing sold 777 #001 to Cathay but, I believe, it was a struggle (and an expensive one) to make the necessary changes (not least the replacement of PW4000s with Trent 800s).
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Fri May 06, 2005 10:12 pm

Boeing kept the B-367-80, the KC-135/B-707 prototype. They also kept the 1st B-747-100. Both these airplanes had long lives as test airplanes for engines, avonics, etc. They did not keep the first B-727/737/757/767/777. The first B-757 I know was delivered to Eastern after the flight test program. This airplane is now owned by NASA.

I seem to have read somewhere the first A-380 will be used for about 3 years by Airbus before being delivered to it's customer.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Sat May 07, 2005 12:58 am

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 12):
Boeing ... did not keep the first B-727/737/757/767/777. The first B-757 I know was delivered to Eastern after the flight test program.

I think you'll find that 757 #1 is N757A, belongs to Boeing and always has done. 757 #2 went to Eastern and now flies for NASA.

Similarly, 767 #1 (N767BA) is also owned by Boeing and always has been.
 
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RE: What Will Happen To The Origonal A380

Sat May 07, 2005 1:15 am

Quoting PM (Reply 13):
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 12):
Boeing ... did not keep the first B-727/737/757/767/777. The first B-757 I know was delivered to Eastern after the flight test program.

I think you'll find that 757 #1 is N757A, belongs to Boeing and always has done. 757 #2 went to Eastern and now flies for NASA.

Based on what Randy Baseler said recently on his blog:
"When we gave birth to the first 757 back in 1981, it set the standard for aviation technology and efficiency. Here's the interesting thing: that very first one didn't go to a customer. It's a Boeing-owned test airplane, still in use today. "

The aircraft (I think) is still parked on the south end of BFI.
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