But the thing that really caught my interest was this little blurb at the end of the article.
Another high-profile test milestone looms for the A380, possibly by next week. The aircraft will undergo maximum energy rejected takeoff testing at the French flight-test center at Istres. The drill, in which a fully fueled aircraft with worn brakes has to abort takeoff at the last moment, usually damages the test aircraft, at least to some extent.
There were also comments about MSN003 for SQ. It appears to be coming along but not without some teething pains...
Meanwhile, Airbus is continuing to closely monitor progress on MSN003, the first Singapore aircraft. Cabin installation has begun and the program is largely on plan, but Heinen concedes it has taken extra effort, at times, to maintain the schedule margin built into the program when it was last restructured in September 2006.
Singapore will likely try to start revenue-generating flights with the A380 in November. Since it will initially have only one aircraft, the focus will probably be on regional locations, such as Sydney or Hong Kong, to allow the aircraft to be turned and get support at its home in Singapore
Lots of interesting tidbits...