has reached an important milestone in the recovery effort of A380 production,
with the successful power-on of the first aircraft assembled with redesigned
first of the so-called “Wave 2” aircraft with the redesigned harness to enter
the final assembly line was MSN026 – an aircraft destined for delivery to
Qantas at the end of this year.
had originally been due to reach the power-on milestone by the end of last
year, but this schedule slipped and Airbus confirms that the milestone was
reached earlier this month
airframer conceded in March that the build effort for
MSN026 has taken longer than planned as it did not want to endure a repeat of
the production problems suffered in 2006.