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What's It Like To Fly On The Airbus A380?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:43 pm

I was hopeful that by this time we would have had a detailed trip report from the various fortunate volunteers that have actually experience flying the A380.

Until then we have the following information provided by Flight International.



Between 20 and 30 cabin specialists from Airbus and equipment manufacturers were on board each flight to monitor the functioning cabin systems such as air conditioning, lighting, acoustics, in-flight entertainment, galleys, electrics, toilets and water waste systems. Airbus purposely kept the flights closed, without any VIPs or customer guests on board. The ELF trials are designed to offer early feedback on the performance of the cabin systems etc, ahead of the mandatory route-proving programme required for certification later in the test programme.

"The flights have all gone very well," says Claude Lelaie, head of Airbus flight operations.

The average cruise speed during the tests was Mach 0.85 (850 km/h), with the A380 operating up to its cruise ceiling of 43,000ft (13,100m).

According to the Airbus deputy media relations manager David Voskhul, who travelled on the third test flight, the A380 passenger experience was good: "The aircraft felt quite stable and the cabin was quiet in the cruise. I hardly noticed that we had started taxiing." Voskhul adds that the boarding and disembarking process was "very quick" despite the need to use airstairs.

"Door 1 left was used by the upper deck and main deck first class passengers, while door 2 left was used for the rest of the main deck passenegers, who were mostly economy."


http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...rs'+find+out+with+Early+Long.html

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RE: What's It Like To Fly On The Airbus A380?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:49 pm

This must have been a fun experience for the folks who did it. Did I read somewhere that no cameras were allowed inside? Ha, like that ever stopped anybody from snapping pics.
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RE: What's It Like To Fly On The Airbus A380?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:43 pm

Quoting WINGS (Thread starter):
Airbus purposely kept the flights closed, without any VIPs or customer guests on board. The ELF trials are designed to offer early feedback on the performance of the cabin systems etc, ahead of the mandatory route-proving programme required for certification later in the test programme.

Once the 300 hours of route proving testing commences, and the test group isn't exclusively limited to Airbus employees, there's likely to be more information available.
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RE: What's It Like To Fly On The Airbus A380?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:47 pm

Quoting WINGS (Thread starter):
Between 20 and 30 cabin specialists from Airbus

Wasn't our very own Knoxibus one of them?
 
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RE: What's It Like To Fly On The Airbus A380?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:00 pm

Quoting Scorpio (Reply 3):
Wasn't our very own Knoxibus one of them?

Yes, and he promised last week: "I'll make a trip report soon for yesterday's flight, I'm waiting for the official pics to be released...

Additionally, Knoxibus was kind enough to provide the following brief remarks:

- This machine is freaking quite....you can not even imagine how!!!
- Atmosphere (smell, air) is a dream, you do not feel the usual dryness and oppressing feeling you usually get. I was literally running in the aisle, that's how good I felt.
- Feeling of more space is present, but you do not really benefit from it in my opinion, like, physically speaking, this is where customiser's own layout will really play IMO.


Airbus Starts 380 Tests With Pax Today (by Toulouse Sep 4 2006 in Civil Aviation)#82

[Edited 2006-09-12 15:02:51]
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RE: What's It Like To Fly On The Airbus A380?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:13 pm

What's it like? I have no idea; I was too busy bowling on the upper level...
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RE: What's It Like To Fly On The Airbus A380?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:13 pm

Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 1):
This must have been a fun experience for the folks who did it. Did I read somewhere that no cameras were allowed inside? Ha, like that ever stopped anybody from snapping pics.

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Quoting Leelaw (Reply 2):

Once the 300 hours of route proving testing commences, and the test group isn't exclusively limited to Airbus employees, there's likely to be more information available.

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Quoting Scorpio (Reply 3):

Wasn't our very own Knoxibus one of them?

I don't know if he was one of the 20-30 cabin specialist onboard, but he certainly was one of the passengers.

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 4):
Yes, and he promised last week: "I'll make a trip report soon for yesterday's flight, I'm waiting for the official pics to be released...

Yes he did. Hopefully Knoxibus will provide us with even more details of his experience.

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RE: What's It Like To Fly On The Airbus A380?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:25 pm

Quoting WINGS (Reply 6):
Yes he did. Hopefully Knoxibus will provide us with even more details of his experience.

He might be still on  cloudnine  7.........  Wink, I am surprised that no one so far
really gave us any more specific info.......  Sad

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RE: What's It Like To Fly On The Airbus A380?

Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:30 pm

Quoting Swissy (Reply 7):
I am surprised that no one so far
really gave us any more specific info...

It's possible that Airbus has admonished the participants in the ELFs not to discuss their experiences with outsiders.
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RE: What's It Like To Fly On The Airbus A380?

Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:01 am

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 8):
It's possible that Airbus has admonished the participants in the ELFs not to discuss their experiences with outsiders

It's also possible that whatever they put in the air to make him feel so high had some unwanted after-effects. Running in the aisles? Yikes...  Wink

"Atmosphere (smell, air) is a dream, you do not feel the usual dryness and oppressing feeling you usually get. I was literally running in the aisle, that's how good I felt."

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