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."