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Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:10 pm

I'm not sure if this has been covered before and if these photos have done their rounds already here. But just wanted to share with you all.

A friend who represents Etihad cargo sales at YYZ forwarded these to me today with the following comment:

"Hi
I thought I would pass these along. These are pictures of the A-380 aircraft of Etihad’s that is still going through testing before delivery. Airbus flew it to the Middle East to do heat testing.
Enjoy

Peter K*****

P.O. Box ****
**** Silver Dart Drive
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada.

Telephone: +1-905-673-****
Operations: +1-905-673-****
Fax: +1-905-673-****


I intentionally blanked out the contact details, but thanks and credit to Peter for forwarding them to me.

Enjoy,

-Alan

(Please excuse me if these have been seen before)

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/misc/img21.jpg

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/misc/img1.jpg
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:18 pm

Whoa, great pics! looks like the A380 is landing in the middle of nowhere! Any idea what airport is this?
 
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:36 pm

Very nice Pictures and thanks for sharing with us the information. Looks aweseome.
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Tue Aug 22, 2006 7:04 pm

Is it doing the tests in Sharaja?
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Tue Aug 22, 2006 8:00 pm

Wow great pics. Thanks for sharing.
 
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Tue Aug 22, 2006 8:34 pm

The airports used were Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. It did a 'show' flight on the first day from Al Ain, above Sharjah, Dubai and landed at Abu Dhabi. Height was established at 3,000ft. Some friends of mine and I were waiting for the plane on a beach in Dubai, but because of haze it was almost impossible to spot.

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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:19 pm

Quoting Emirates2005 (Reply 5):
The airports used were Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. It did a 'show' flight on the first day from Al Ain, above Sharjah, Dubai and landed at Abu Dhabi.

Thank you for the additional information as I knew very little except what had been sent to me in the original email.

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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:23 pm

Was MSN4, involved in hot weather trials which took place end of July (Al Ain).
 
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:27 pm

808TWA - You are welcome.  smile 

Eha - Yes, it was MSN004.

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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Tue Aug 22, 2006 10:35 pm

Basically all the 380s in the test program are EYs.
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 12:50 am

Quoting Zeke (Reply 9):
Basically all the 380s in the test program are EYs.

MSN 001 will be retained by Airbus. the remaining 3 test aircraft, plus one arcraft fresh from the assembly line will be delivered to Etihad.
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 12:59 am

The aiport with the A380 touching down is Al Ain (AAN) rwy 01/19. Basically in the middle of nowhere....  Silly
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:45 am

She,s getting more and more beautiful every time i see her...  Wink
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:49 am

Thanks for sharing Alan.
Now if only you could tell us when EY will be upgrading their YYZ service to a non-stop with the B77W or A345 that would indeed be a coup.  Smile

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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 2:38 am

Thanks for showing

Can't wait to fly the beast  Smile

Quoting Speedbird128 (Reply 11):
The airport with the A380 touching down is Al Ain (AAN) rwy 01/19. Basically in the middle of nowhere....

Yeah but it has a highway with palms, 5 tracks and a lot of green to the airport  Smile
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:01 am

Looks like the state logo has made it to the engines like Emirates Arabic logo, cheap shot Etihad.
 
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:05 am

Quoting AirbusfanYYZ (Reply 13):
Now if only you could tell us when EY will be upgrading their YYZ service to a non-stop with the B77W or A345 that would indeed be a coup

Hey Kazim, maybe one day I will be able to share that information along with a schedule change more favourable for photo-ops!!  Smile
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 4:50 am

Is the tailskid down for touch and goes?
 
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:53 am

Great pics!!!


But still not a fan of a380.
 
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:00 am

Quoting Drmatt (Reply 17):
Is the tailskid down for touch and goes?

Sure... Every time the landing gear is lowered, the tailskid goes down too!
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:15 am

I'm confused and ashamed of what I think of this pic... I hope I am mistaken but it really looks like a screenshot from Flight Simulator...
Vegetation doesn't seem right and the landing doesn't look realistic with the gear either!
Sorry I'm not convinced but again I hope I'm wrong...
 
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:21 am

Although not the best pics in the world, I'm gonna have to say these are the real deal.
 
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:26 am

O for Oarsome!! (to quote David Tu'a)

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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:33 am

Cool photo's. So the a380 has been in partial Qantas colours, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and now Etihad. Why has there not been a single virgin sticker on any of the a380s!?!?! They seemed to have been left out!
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:35 am

Quoting Rom1 (Reply 20):
I'm confused and ashamed of what I think of this pic... I hope I am mistaken but it really looks like a screenshot from Flight Simulator...
Vegetation doesn't seem right and the landing doesn't look realistic with the gear either!
Sorry I'm not convinced but again I hope I'm wrong...

The photographs are real.

The same shots as shown here, are available on Airbus.com, as is a video of the hot weather testing: Link

Enter the site, and under the 'Test' section, click on the link dated July 28th on the right hand side.
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:43 am

Fair enough, ok thanks EGNR  Wink
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:15 am

I just love how small it looks. It's only when you've got a point of comparison that the proportions reveal their true identity and scale.

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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:17 am

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 23):
Cool photo's. So the a380 has been in partial Qantas colours, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and now Etihad. Why has there not been a single virgin sticker on any of the a380s!?!?! They seemed to have been left out!

Well, this plane is in Etihad colours as they're buying it! I look forward to seeing it land at LHR in the not too distant (ahem) future...Singapore are the launch customer, and Lufthansa...I don't know why, has a plane been painted in AF livery yet?

I'm sure Richard Branson won't mind, being the quiet, publicity shy gentleman he is, who hides in the background (irony mode).
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:46 pm

Besides LHR, where else would EY send their A380s?
 
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RE: Etihad A380 In Middle East (pics)

Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:17 pm

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 23):
So the a380 has been in partial Qantas colours, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and now Etihad. Why has there not been a single virgin sticker on any of the a380s!?!?! They seemed to have been left out!



Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 27):
Well, this plane is in Etihad colours as they're buying it! I look forward to seeing it land at LHR in the not too distant (ahem) future...Singapore are the launch customer, and Lufthansa...I don't know why, has a plane been painted in AF livery yet?

I'm sure Richard Branson won't mind, being the quiet, publicity shy gentleman he is, who hides in the background (irony mode).

I forgot to add Emirates to that list. Again it seems Virgin is being given the cold sholder!
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