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The Private A380

Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:32 pm

Does anyone know the current status of the private A380?

It is scheduled to be delivered this year and it was one of the first A380 air frames built so where is it at the moment?

Thanks

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Stitch
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RE: The Private A380

Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:49 pm

She's still in TLS. She's been refurbished, but I expect that means she's had all her test gear removed and not that her VIP interior has been installed. She's been doing test flights and was supposed to be delivered by now, so not sure what the delivery delay is.
 
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RE: The Private A380

Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:39 pm

IIRC the order changed in July from a private order to one for a government. It was recently seen with no engines according to a poster on A380production.com which doesn't look good for delivery soon  
 
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RE: The Private A380

Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:50 pm

MSN002 is sitting on the TLS flightline without engines and the APU exhaust is covered up. She won't go anywhere soon.
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RE: The Private A380

Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:58 pm

Quoting KarelXWB (Reply 3):
MSN002 is sitting on the TLS flightline without engines and the APU exhaust is covered up. She won't go anywhere soon.

I think the thread starter was referring to MSN 004
 
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RE: The Private A380

Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:38 pm

Quoting n471wn (Reply 4):

Sorry,I think the thread starter is referring to MSN002. MSN004 is registered as F-WWDD and is Airbus Industrie owned.
 
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RE: The Private A380

Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:55 am

So what happened?

Did they discover a huge issue during the test flights or did the buyer fall through. Airbus must be getting tired of having this massive bird cluttering the flightline
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RE: The Private A380

Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:27 am

I was just going to say;

"Maybe she's off to the USA as a Presidential Plane"

Just to tease the Yanks on here.
 
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RE: The Private A380

Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:17 pm

Where does one fly one's A380? I mean, does one fly to London for a spot of shopping or just to a bordering country to watch one's horses race? If only there were more A380 capable runways & terminal facilities available. It's so easy to park one's 744 pretty much anywhere...
 
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RE: The Private A380

Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:41 pm

Quoting strangr (Reply 7):
Just to tease the Yanks on here

You enjoy poking the bear Strangr?

Quoting trent1000 (Reply 8):
Where does one fly one's A380?

Great point, and likely the main challenge for someone trying to purchase it. I don't know if the A380's flight characteristics allow for it to take off on a shorter runway with a lighter load. But this is the Achilles heal of this aircraft--and airports won't be changed as quickly as when the 747 was first released given today's economics.
 
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RE: The Private A380

Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:46 pm

Who owns it? I promise, it is not me.
 
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RE: The Private A380

Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:52 pm

Quoting manu (Reply 9):
Great point, and likely the main challenge for someone trying to purchase it. I don't know if the A380's flight characteristics allow for it to take off on a shorter runway with a lighter load. But this is the Achilles heal of this aircraft--and airports won't be changed as quickly as when the 747 was first released given today's economics.

Although the aircraft requires slightly wider taxiways for commercial use, it should be pretty easy for airports to handle a private A380 on an irregular basis. For example Lufthansa and Airbus have sent A380s to OSL and soon BOO will become a diversion airport. As long as there is an apron large enough it will be fine, even if it means shutting down the outer engines for taxi.

Also the A380 at full load requires a shorter runway than the 747-400 so runway length is not an issue. The Whale Jet can handle a lot more airports for this sort of private jet purpose than we think.
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RE: The Private A380

Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:30 pm

Quoting strangr (Reply 7):
I was just going to say;

"Maybe she's off to the USA as a Presidential Plane"

Just to tease the Yanks on here.

No, even if it were American, we would never use something as ostentatious as an A380. Just a plane and simple 747 will do.  
 
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RE: The Private A380

Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:48 pm

Quoting manu (Reply 9):

You enjoy poking the bear Strangr?


Don't poke the bear!   
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RE: The Private A380

Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:26 pm

Quoting ETinCaribe (Reply 10):
Who owns it? I promise, it is not me.

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. A Saudi royal and billionaire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Waleed_bin_Talal

Looking at his wikipedia page he is no stranger to opulence

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