An American in Paris Edition
This long overdue update covers the last two months of A380 production. The update covers a lot of ground including two deliveries, many new first flights and several new convoys of structural sections in Toulouse. As always, these updates depend on input and information from you. If I've missed anything here or anything incorrect here please let me know.
The A380 production has a large question mark hanging over it currently as the delivery schedule for 2009 is being reviewed by Airbus. Once this new schedule is announced, it will provide a good guide for watching the production process unfold.
The A380 production updates have been more infrequent with the quickening pace of production, as well as the large volume of information to manage. Between updates, which should be monthly now (or close to), the wikipedia user generated production list is a good interim resource, though should never be taken as 100% fact, just a good framework to work from.
Image Credit David Barrie
MSN006 - Singapore Airlines - 9V-SKC
9V-SKC was delivered to SIA on March 11, 2008. The 3rd A380 delivered allowed Singapore AIrlines to begin its second service from Singapore to London.
MSN008 - Singapore Airlines - 9V-SKD
Airbus delivered its 4th A380 on April 26, 2008. 9V-SKD will be used between Tokyo and Singapore later this month.
MSN011 - Emirates - D-AXAA - A6-EDA
Emirates first A380 was unveiled in full colors on April 3, 2008. The registration was changed from French F-WWSH to German D-AXAA while in Hamburg for interior fitting. The aircraft will be delivered with 489 seats on board.
MSN012 - Singapore Airlines - F-WWSI - 9V-SKF
SIA's 6th A380 flew for the first time on February 20, 2008. It departed TLS for XFW on February 22, 2008.
MSN013 - Emirates - F-WWSJ - A6-EDB
F-WWSJ, the 2nd A380 for Emirates, conducted its first taxi tests on March 31, 2008, followed by its first flight April 2 and ferry flight to XFW on April 4. Spotters remarked that it was the first time an A380 had completed its first engine run, rejected take off test, first flight and ferry flight all in a Monday-Friday span.
MSN014 - QANTAS - F-WWSK - VH-OQA
The first QANTAS A380 has completed cabin outfitting and will be moved to the paint shop to receive full the airlines new colors later this month in Hamburg.
PRODUCTION UPDATE CONTINUED BELOW
Read the complete post at http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/flightblogger/2008/05/a380-production-updates-may-20-1.html
Mon, May 12 2008 9:48 PM
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