Goodbye, it says (third story) that hot-weather testing (takeoffs and landings) will be done in Oz at the end of December. They want temperatures of 40C, so that suggests somewhere like Darwin or Cairns (unless we all get a really hot Christmas!).
However, it also says that these tests are usually done in Tunisia. Part of the intention of coming here instead is to try to placate Qantas about the delivery delays. So maybe it will pay courtesy visits to Sydney and/or Melbourne as well.
Come to think of it, they may not be able to do takeoffs and landings anywhere else; as far as I know SYD
are the only airports that are widening their runways/taxiways for the A380?
I hope someone's told them that 40C temperatures don't occur ALL
the time in SE
Australia, even in summer. Here in Melbourne it's just as likely to be about 15!
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci