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Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:11 pm

After seeing a scrolling news item on Aibus's home page, I was interested to know if they have now delivered their 5,000th plane?

The scrolling image on the home page shows:
1974 - 1st delivery
1993 - 1,000th delivery
1999 - 2,000th delivery
2002 - 3,000th delivery

but then stops. So is this a "teaser" for announcing delivery of the 5,000th frame?

By checking the most recent O&D spreadsheet, I see that Airbus had delivered 4,974 planes through end November, so I would expect Airbus to reach this noteworthy milestone very soon.

By checking the records, the sequence continues:
2005 - 4,000th delivery
2007 - 5,000th delivery expected

Congratulations Airbus.  champagne 
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Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:39 pm

IIRC, their 5000th plane was an A330-200 for Qantas. I don't know if it's in service yet, though.
 
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Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:42 pm

Officially the 5000th plane is VH-EBG of Qantas (first A330 in new colors), this aircraft would be delivered very soon.

But to my database there are over 5000 delivered at the moment...
 
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Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:44 pm

Confirmation it will be delivered tomorrow!
5,000th Airbus Plane To Be Delivered Tomorrow (by Moo Dec 13 2007 in Civil Aviation)
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Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:48 pm

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Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:16 am

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Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:31 am

Congratulations to Airbus! I hope there will be a.net members in Toulouse to take pictures!  camera 

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 4):
PR now on Airbus's website

What impresses me is this:

Quote:
Thirty three years ago, in May 1974, Airbus delivered its very first aircraft, an A300B2, to first operator Air France. Nineteen years later, in 1993, Airbus delivered its first 1,000th aircraft, and it took it another six years to reach the 2000th in 1999. Reflecting its subsequent rapid growth with an expanded aircraft family and more products on offer, the 3,000th Airbus aircraft was delivered in 2002, and only three years later, in September 2005, the 4,000th. It needed only another two years to reach the 5,000th delivery milestone of today.

They built as much plane in last 8 years than in the first 25 years...
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Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:19 pm



Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 6):
They built as much plane in last 8 years than in the first 25 years...

There should be some happy folk in a few national treasuries then!!  duck 

That pattern certainly goes a long way to explain why Airbus has been repaying its debts rather rapidly of late.

One of these days I will get to fly on a QF 330. So far the b's have kept them well hidden from this passenger!  boggled 
 
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Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:38 pm

At Airbus, we never sit still, so even the 5000th Airbus delivered comes with a first:

Airbus, the world's largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, now offers a new two-coat aircraft painting process that uses less paint and thus reduces weight and drag, requires less time to apply and helps to reduce aircraft cleaning.

The first aircraft painted in this new, state-of-the-art way is the 5000th Airbus aircraft ever produced, an A330-200, which was delivered yesterday to Qantas at a special delivery ceremony in Toulouse. Qantas, has on order a further six aircraft to be painted in the same way, and will help conduct an in-service evaluation with Airbus to fully quantify the benefits of the painting process.

Standard painting techniques can take up to six coats per aircraft and usually can take up to 12 hours of drying between coats.

The new Airbus technique requires just two coats with dramatically reduced paint volumes, and drying times down from 12 to two hours. The technique brings environmental benefits because it uses less solvent based paint and uses fewer coats. The process also reduces the amount of repainting and cleaning required during the life time of the in-service aircraft.

The new painting technique is offered as an option and is one of Airbus's key objectives to produce aircraft that are friendlier to the environment and more eco-efficient. The European plane-manufacturer optimizes all aspects of a product's full life cycle, encompassing aircraft design, manufacturing, operations and finally its recycling. This approach was recognized in June 2007 with the granting of the prestigious ISO14001 environmental management standard. It counts for all Airbus sites and products.

Airbus is the only aerospace manufacturing company worldwide, holding this certification.

Airbus is an EADS company.
 
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Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:18 pm



Quoting Sabenapilot (Reply 8):
Airbus, the world's largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, now offers a new two-coat aircraft painting process that uses less paint and thus reduces weight and drag, requires less time to apply and helps to reduce aircraft cleaning.

I saw this on the website and was going to start a separate thread.

I was interested to note that this new paint method is offered as an option. Although "greener", is it more expensive to apply? I assume it is, otherwise, why offer it as an option?
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RE: Has Airbus Delivered Its 5,000th Plane?

Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:04 am

The title of this thread has been changed to prevent double posts and add a link to the article in reply # 8

Qantas takes delivery of Airbus' 5,000th aircraft

http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre..._12_14_5000th_airbus_delivery.html

Even though they mention QF as a new Customer from 2000 onwards it's a shame that they don't reference the 4 x A300s that QF operated for many years after the consolidation with Australian Airlines, formerly TAA

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RE: Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:43 am



Quoting PanAm_DC10 (Reply 10):
Qantas takes delivery of Airbus' 5,000th aircraft

An a.net lurker has wet himself over this one  wink 
 
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RE: Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:08 am

Qantas A330-200 VH-EBG touched down in MEL at approximately 06.58am on SUN16DEC.

It's due to commence pax ops next Friday (21DEC) as QF457 SYD-MEL.

I am under the impression that there is a small "5,000th" marking somewhere on the aircraft.

You can check out a nice video here showing EBG being assembled, livery/paint being applied and its first flight.

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RE: Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:10 am

Good for Airbus. If the business continues that well we will see the 6000th plane delivered sooner then expected!

Congrats to Airbus. Big grin
 
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RE: Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:42 am



Quoting OHLHD (Reply 13):
Good for Airbus. If the business continues that well we will see the 6000th plane delivered sooner then expected!

Given the ramp up of A320 and A330 production, probably very early 2010.
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RE: Airbus Has Delivered Its 5,000th Plane

Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:11 pm



Quoting Sabenapilot (Reply 8):
The process also reduces the amount of repainting and cleaning required during the life time of the in-service aircraft.

I now it's stupid but someone has to say it:
Will this mean, no more dirty AF planes? Big grin

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