A380 Production Updates – January 2008

I’ve added the following updates to the main A380 production post.

The next delivery of parts for an A380 is expected to take place in a complete convoy over four days from January 21-24, 2008. The convoy will contain both the left and right wings, the horizontal tail plane and forward, middle and aft fuselages. It is unknown which MSN this aircraft belongs to.

Please contact me if you are aware of which aircraft will be getting these parts.

As always, If you feel that there are required changes or additions to any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact me at flightblogger (at) gmail (dot) com or leave comments.

Latest updates below the fold.
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FLIGHT TESTING

MSN002 is destined for to be converted to a VIP aircraft. It is currently sitting de-engined awaiting modifications at TLS. MSN007 will be refurbished and re-engined with GP7200s and MSN009 (already sporting GP7200s) will be delivered to Emirates.

DELIVERED

MSN005 – Singapore Airlines – F-WWSB – 9V-SKB
The aircraft was delivered on the 12th of January to Singapore Airlines. Its early flights will be on the SIN-SYD route followed by SIN-LHR in February 2008.

PRODUCTION

MSN010 – Singapore Airlines – F-WWSG – 9V-SKE
The aircraft was spotted being ferried to XFW for wiring rework on the 4th of January 2008.

MSN014 – QANTAS – F-WWSK – VH-OQA
The aircraft was seen taxiing for the first time under its own power on January 15 at TLS. First flight is expected before the end of January 2008.

MSN026 – QANTAS
The fourth QANTAS A380 is currently under construction in Toulouse sporting the old livery and will be repainted prior to delivery. The photograph is improperly attributed to MSN014, in fact it is MSN026.

MSN033 – Air France – F-HPJA
Speculation points to delivery of sections of the first A380 for Air France to Toulouse in early December (10th-13th). This has not yet been confirmed.

3 Responses to A380 Production Updates – January 2008

  1. canute January 25, 2008 at 9:36 am #

    Hmm, finally someone has made the case against the 787 mandrel molded barrels over at airliners.net Link

    That post pretty much sums up what I’ve been saying about the 787 for the last couple of years. The poster has made an excellent graphical presentation on why the mandrel molded barrels require a significant number of fasteners. In contrast; take a close look at picture 3: Panel approach max (Stringers, frames, doorframes, window-frames, reinforcements all co cured with the panel)

    Also, the poster forecasts are pretty much spot on.

    Quote:

    Forecast 1: CFRP Barrel fuselages will turn out to be inferior regarding crash worthiness
    Forecast 2: CFRP Barrel fuselages will turn out to be more expensive in production
    Forecast 3: CFRP Barrel fuselages will turn out to be heavier
    Forecast 4: The B787 will be the last airliner using CFRP barrel fuselages
    Forecast 5: The NG Narrowbodies from Boeing and Airbus will use CFRP panels
    Forecast 6: The first 787 write off will be after an incident smaller than BA038 because of unrepairable fuselage damage (something like this: Photo © Jarett Sirko, such a hole can not be patched)
    Forecast 7: After the first comparing incident with an A350 the plane will not be written off
    Forecast 8: CFRP Panel fuselages will allow replacement of single panels for repair of heavy damage (how?: Put the plane in a corset to fix the shape while part of the skin is missing, remove the fasteners for the panel, skin with stringers and frames is replaced as one piece).

  2. Sean Taylor January 30, 2008 at 10:51 am #

    Jon

    Dont know whats happening here but the article at: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/01/30/221187/sia-to-fly-a380-to-london-from-18-march.html States “SIA recently took delivery of its second A380 and says its third is due to be delivered by Airbus by the middle of March.” If this is the case then whats happening at XFW with re-wiring,outfits, & painting as there is no room left at the moment to fit in another A380. (MSN 006, 008, 010 & 011 at XFW) Will this delay MSN014 going to XFW??? I guess only time will tell.

  3. Carroll B. Merriman November 21, 2010 at 5:09 am #

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