Airbus A380 on schedule for 2006 entry into service

The recent Asia-Pacific tour and successful airport compatibility tests completed prior to Dubai 2005 mark the latest milestone in the Airbus A380 programme.

18 November 2005

The recent Asia-Pacific tour and successful airport compatibility tests completed prior to Dubai 2005 mark the latest milestone in the Airbus A380 programme.

The A380 is due to enter service in 2006 and test flights are progressing well towards type certification in the last quarter of 2006.

On 3 November Airbus’ third A380 performed its successful first flight and joined the first two development aircraft in the certification campaign. Following this, on 8 November it became the first A380 to land in Hamburg. It will also be the first A380 whose cabin is to be fully equipped in Hamburg for passenger operations.

The first A380 had its first flight on 27 April and the second A380, the aircraft that is visiting Dubai 2005, had its first flight on 18 October. Together the first two A380s have performed some 440 test flight hours in more than 120 flights.

Two more A380s are to join the test programme, one equipped with a light test instrumentation. The first four development aircraft will be fitted with Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines and are used for the basic certification. The fifth A380 will be equipped with Engine Alliance GP7200 engines.

To date Airbus has received 159 orders and commitments for the A380 from 16 customers. The largest single order is from Emirates, which has ordered 43 including two freighters.

Meanwhile, more than 60 airports are getting ready for the A380’s entry into service and a number of major hubs are already prepared, including Singapore, Melbourne and Frankfurt.

A further 20 airports will be prepared by 2006, including Dubai, New York JFK, Paris CDG, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland and Sydney. By 2008, 38 airports will be ready and another 60 will be ready by 2010.