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  • fightingirish
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2004
    • 1181

    A380: World (Domination) Tour

    Plane-spotters across the world are dusting off their binoculars as Airbus considers the possibility of its giant A380 making a world tour to Frankfurt, Singapur, Sydney and Dubai at the end of October untill November.
    In a few days the A380 will have its 100th flight.
    On October 29th, the A380 will land in FRA, on November 11th in Singapur, a few days later in Sydney and from 20th until the 24th November at the airshow in Dubai.

    Qantas has asked Airbus to send an A380 to its 85th birthday party in Brisbane on November 16, and it is hoped it will make a brief stop in Sydney beforehand.

    Sources: German and Australian newspapers

    World (Domination) Tour, just a joke! :diablo:
    Sln, fightingirish
    Avatar: Ho-Yeol Ryu, Flughafen (Airport), Hannover [HAJ / EDDV] 2005
  • Mark L
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2003
    • 4325

    #2
    No UK sites planned there which is a bit of a shame. Hopefully we will see her here soon.
    My recent and upcoming flights

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    • coanda
      Senior Member
      • Jan 2000
      • 2306

      #3
      especially since they couldnt have done it without the uk and its numerous major and minor suppliers, on this aircraft, and all other airbus aircraft..........i understand its a 'european' thing.

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      • -Steph-
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jun 2005
        • 163

        #4
        Indeed, the UK should enjoy the visit of the 380 (it's my opinion, not a statement). It's the same for Spain, I could say. But I believe Airbus is focusing now on Germany (Hamburg is, like Toulouse, one major link in the FAL chain) and on customer satisfaction.
        Next year, Farnborough will surely have one (or more?) A380, then you guys will be proud of it as we are, seeing it flying in your sky.

        Talking about UK participation in A380 program, we just received the first Engine Alliance GP7200 engines from the US, to be fitted on one of the next airframe to roll out of Lagardere hall. Soon RR "monopoly" will be over...
        It's funny to compare design philosophy in the engine architecture.
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        • steve rowell
          Expat Geordie
          • Apr 2003
          • 13281

          #5
          I'll make sure i'm in Brisbane on the 16th to see her!!
          Best Regards Steve

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          • BY767
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Apr 2004
            • 326

            #6
            The A380 should be making an appearence at Filton (FZO) sometime. I expect it will be on a weekday so I might have to take the day off school for that... like I did with Concorde and got into trouble for it :diablo: It was well worth it though and I wouldn't think twice about doing it again!

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            • coanda
              Senior Member
              • Jan 2000
              • 2306

              #7
              actually working on site at filton, as a structural engineer for the A380 project, I would know if it was going to make a visit, and soo far there has been absolutely no news on that front.

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              • Grey Area
                Punter
                • Apr 2004
                • 12157

                #8
                Similar rumours of a visit to Chester and a flypast at MAN have been doing the rounds on a weekly basis for some time now, coanda.

                Strange to relate, it's always the week after next.......
                You can't fool owls.

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                • andrewm
                  Rank 2 Registered User
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 4456

                  #9
                  Its fair enough to say it should come to the UK but isnt LHR the only airport that is able to be used by an A380 as they widened taxi ways etc
                  Regards, Andrew

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                  • GKirk
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Dec 2004
                    • 460

                    #10
                    Wouldnt it be hilarious if Antonov followed the A380 tour using their larger An-225? :diablo:

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                    • BY767
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Apr 2004
                      • 326

                      #11
                      The A340-600 came to Filton so it would seem strange if the A380 didn't.

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                      • Humberside
                        Senior Member
                        • Oct 2004
                        • 1915

                        #12
                        Originally posted by andrewm
                        Its fair enough to say it should come to the UK but isnt LHR the only airport that is able to be used by an A380 as they widened taxi ways etc
                        I thoight MSE and PIK could accept it

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                        • fightingirish
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • May 2004
                          • 1181

                          #13
                          A380 update

                          This is an update over the status of the A380.
                          Tigerstift works for Airbus, but he doesn't want to give us more information.

                          Test aircrafts:
                          MSN 1002 will be ready in Oktober and will fly to Hamburg for its interior equipment.

                          MSN 1004 is practically finished and probably next week handover to flightline/flighttest. It remains in Toulouse.

                          MSN 1007 will take a long period of time to roll out.

                          MSN 1009 went out of the section assembly to the equipment assembly last week. First flight will we be next year.

                          Serial production aircrafts:
                          MSN 1003 and 1005 for SIA are making good progress.

                          MSN 1006 (SIA) is in the section assembly.

                          MSN 1008 (SIA) is on its way to Toulouse.

                          Source in german:Tigerstift @ flugzeugforum.de
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                          Avatar: Ho-Yeol Ryu, Flughafen (Airport), Hannover [HAJ / EDDV] 2005

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                          • GKirk
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Dec 2004
                            • 460

                            #14
                            A380s can use LHR,PIK and MAN(remote stand only) currently. LGW still being sorted out I believe.
                            Apprently fly past over Hawarden (Chester) and East Midlands (Rolls Royce) are planned. Never heard anything about MAN or Filton

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                            • cloud_9
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Sep 2005
                              • 2418

                              #15
                              Originally posted by GKirk
                              A380s can use LHR,PIK and MAN(remote stand only) currently. LGW still being sorted out I believe.
                              As far as I am aware, the only London airport which the A380 can use at the moment is LHR, but they are considering it at LGW. The only problem is that they [BAA] have just spent loads of money on the construction of Pier 6, the new section to the North Terminal. The views from it are amazing, especially if a 747-400 is going under it at the time, but I have heard rumours that the A380 cannot make it !

                              All the same, I agree with everyone else...it should make an appearence in UK, seeings as we contributed to it!


                              Jonathan Davies.

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                              • coanda
                                Senior Member
                                • Jan 2000
                                • 2306

                                #16
                                the a380 can use filton as an operating base.....pretty empty of course!

                                a340-600 came in for some aero-mods today at lunch time and departed early afternoon.

                                msn007 is the first passenger aircraft and as such will be incorporating all the mods found by the test fleet, and will be going to hamburg for interior installation as far as I am aware.

                                grey area.........not even any rumours in our building about any visit by the a380......there will be an announcement throughout the site (as there was today for the 346) when the time is imminent.

                                incidentally, a klm 737 left air liveries hangar today in a fresh coat of paint.

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                                • Ren Frew
                                  Taxi Rank User
                                  • Jan 2000
                                  • 11826

                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by GKirk
                                  A380s can use LHR,PIK and MAN(remote stand only) currently. LGW still being sorted out I believe.
                                  Apprently fly past over Hawarden (Chester) and East Midlands (Rolls Royce) are planned. Never heard anything about MAN or Filton
                                  I think they'd be restricted to the north side at PIK where they service the big Antonov's, C-5's etc..?

                                  I understand the taxiways leading to the terminal aprons aren't quite up to A380 capability yet???
                                  Go n-ithe an cat th, is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat !

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                                  • Manston Airport
                                    Fokker Crazy
                                    • Jul 2005
                                    • 4798

                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Humberside
                                    I thoight MSE and PIK could accept it
                                    Yeh manston can handle the A380.I don't know if are sister airport can handle the A380.

                                    James
                                    Looking forward to the 2010 airshow Season

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                                    • Ren Frew
                                      Taxi Rank User
                                      • Jan 2000
                                      • 11826

                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Manston Airport
                                      Yeh manston can handle the A380.I don't know if are sister airport can handle the A380.

                                      James
                                      GLA claims it can "get it down, but may not get it up?"

                                      Handling the A380 may mean many things? I'd expect handling to mean an airport can physically accomodate the aircraft and it's passengers in a normal fashion, utilising it's terminal and ancillary services??

                                      I suspect many airports could accept an A380 to varying degrees of comfort.
                                      Go n-ithe an cat th, is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat !

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                                      • Dee747
                                        Salaam Aleichem
                                        • Feb 2004
                                        • 154

                                        #20
                                        Plane-spotters across the world are dusting off their binoculars
                                        Someone taking the p**s surely ........
                                        A weary pilgrim from foreign lands and distant shores .....

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