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First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 7:48 am

First VIP Airbus A380 which was a prototype will convert as a business jet. The aircraft F-WXXL was going to make a test flight in Toulouse 24th May 2012: http://youtu.be/74yJiZIrtEw
 
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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 9:33 am

So it's actually an old test machine, not a new-build? An A380-800CJ has been ordered (or even >1?), besides this conversion, right?
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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 9:59 am

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 1):
So it's actually an old test machine, not a new-build? An A380-800CJ has been ordered (or even >1?), besides this conversion, right?

No this is the only current VVIP order for the A380 currently. There were rumours of an African businessman who was after one (Micheal someone) but that never turned into an order. There were 5 test A380s:

MSN001 - to remain at Airbus
MSN002 - This plane - sold to private customer
MSN004 - Currently XWB testbed, originally was to go to EY but they changed for a newbuild, may eventually be sold for VVIP
MSN007 & 9 - again originally for EY but swapped for newbuilds and these 2 were sold to EK and are in service with them

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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 10:09 am

I was going to ask where it was painted, as normally, the new built aircraft fly "green" to XFW. But that explains it of course. Old Airbus company colors are painted over and the rest of the job will likely be done at HAM or BSL, not sure of Lufthansa Technik or Jet Aviation won the contract.
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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 10:13 am

Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 2):

No this is the only current VVIP order for the A380 currently.

I thought this customer ordered two of them?
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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 10:24 am

Is this the one with the drive in car park and elevator and concert hall?
 
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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 10:39 am

Quoting BrouAviation (Reply 4):
I thought this customer ordered two of them?

No, only one
 
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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 10:41 am

Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 2):
MSN001 - to remain at Airbus
MSN002 - This plane - sold to private customer
MSN004 - Currently XWB testbed, originally was to go to EY but they changed for a newbuild, may eventually be sold for VVIP
MSN007 & 9 - again originally for EY but swapped for newbuilds and these 2 were sold to EK and are in service with them

MSN001 is the test bed for the A350XWB


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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 11:10 am

Quoting bigsmile (Reply 7):
MSN001 is the test bed for the A350XWB

Oops my mistake
 
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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 11:15 am

Has anyone an idea where the cabin will be modified? BSL - Jet Aviation?
 
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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 2:18 pm

http://rtsf.wordpress.com/tag/bandar-bin-sultan/

Is this the A380 that Al Waleed ordered or did he cancel it after the GFC?
 
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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 5:39 pm

Quoting someone83 (Reply 6):
Quoting BrouAviation (Reply 4):
I thought this customer ordered two of them?

No, only one

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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 6:07 pm

Quoting tozbek (Thread starter):
First VIP Airbus A380 which was a prototype will convert as a business jet. The aircraft F-WXXL was going to make a test flight in Toulouse 24th May 2012: http://youtu.be/74yJiZIrtEw

              

Actually it flew already in March (maybe first time 8th)

More her:

http://forum.a380production.com/boar...5-MSN002-(Private-Customer)/page15

and a pic:
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Airbus-A380-841/2080350/L/


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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Fri May 25, 2012 7:59 pm

When I worked in Saudi Arabia I saw a programme follwing Prince Al Waleed. If I recall correctly he is the head of an area in Saudi and once a year holds court where his people can come and ask him for things. Well this old man turned up asking for a new truck because his had been hit by a train. Saudi Arabia only has one train so that in itself is quite a feat! Anyway Perince Al Waleed gave him a new 4x4. Currently he has a 747 and 727. The 727 follows the 747 around carrying the luggage!
 
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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Sat May 26, 2012 4:24 am

Quoting scouseflyer (Reply 8):
Quoting bigsmile (Reply 7):
MSN001 is the test bed for the A350XWB

Oops my mistake

I believe MSN004 is also with Emirates
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RE: First VIP A380 Taxing In Toulouse F-WXXL

Sat May 26, 2012 4:44 am

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 14):

I believe MSN004 is also with Emirates

Still with Airbus as of a couple months ago:

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