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Sammyhostie
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A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 3:22 am

The A380 programme has reached a new milestone,with
the christening of a new roll on-roll off vessel to transport a/c parts.

The ship was named "Ville de Bordeaux" at a ceremony in Nanjing, China.
The ship measures 154.15m long, 24m wide, and 21.85m deep.

And...features the largest ever watertight stern door on a ro-ro vessel. (22x14m)

Airbus will charter the vessel to ship A380 sections from its factories in Europe to the French port of Bordeaux.
Special barges will carry the parts along the River Garonne to the harbour of Langon, then transferred to the final assembly line in Toulouse.


The A380 is becoming a reality..........
 
mrwayne
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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 3:30 am

Wow, thats interesting.

I thought they would use that large cargo a/c to transport it?

Cheaper by sea?

Good post
 
agill
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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 5:04 am

I think many components were too big to be transported by air.
 
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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 5:12 am

They need that Boeing 747-400 super transporter
 
mrniji
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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 5:12 am

I think many components were too big to be transported by air

Maybe airbus then should develop a frighter which can transport this parts

 Wink/being sarcastic


Just kidding... I can't wait to be passenger of the A380... it will be a GREAT a/c
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col
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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 5:18 am

I guess we will soon get the argument that the boats used to transport these parts cannot come to the USA, as our ports cannot handle them!!! (tongue in cheek from 380 airport issue in USA)
 
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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 5:19 am

The decision to move the parts in by sea and road was taken a while back. There was initially some talk of making an A340 version of the Beluga to bring in the fuselage and wing sections, but inthe end they opted for building a ship, dredging harbours, widening roads... Hmmm, I think I'd have built the Mega Transporter myself! Big grin

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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 6:15 am

The wing of an A380 is roughly 60 feet wide at the root.

For comparison, the top of the fin of a parked 747-400 stands at 63 feet above ground.

Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs
 
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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 9:52 am

They are already talking of a A346ST (long before boeing spoke of the 744ST)
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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 9:53 am

"They need that Boeing 747-400 super transporter."

Actually, there'd probably be nothing to stop Airbus from acquiring a used 747 and modifying it themself if they felt it might serve them better than an enlarged derivative of one of their own airplanes. Of course, Hell would probably freeze over before upper management allowed such a scheme but they likely could do it, in the HIGHLY unlikely event they wanted to.

"The A380 is becoming a reality.........."

You say that as though you think there are some out here who still don't believe it. I think that is highly unlikely. I assure you, WE BELIEVE IT!!!
 
MrFord
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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 9:59 am

Well, they used a Boeing product for decades to bring various parts from all over Europe, so why not ?

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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:09 am

Startvalve

They need that Boeing 747-400 super transporter


Umm,let's see....Which aircraft is larger the B744 or A388 Confused

I think Airbus have plans on getting the A388 airborne first & then when production is on a roll I take it development of A388F will begin shortly after with FedEx placing a large order (no exact figure)...The A388F would make a great Super Transporter for Airbus components.  Big grin


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gigneil
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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:56 am

There are still many parts that are transported by Beluga.

The parts would definitely not fit even in the super 744F.

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RE: A380 Takes To Water

Wed Mar 17, 2004 1:07 pm

Hi everyone!

Ok everyone else seems to be talking bout the aircraft but i guess you can say my "sea faring side" is overtaking my "airborn side" this time round...

With this new vessel whats gunna transport A380 parts, can anyone tell me the following:
-Ship's Registry
-Crew members
-Gross tonnage
-Length
-Beam
-Maximum speed
-Displacement


Thanks alot
CanadianNorth
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