Monday, April 25, 2005

Rollout for the Airbus A380

The BBC is reporting that the first flight of the twin-deck Airbus A380 will probably be on Wednesday. It looks impressive, although I doubt anyone in cattle class will have access to the much publicised onboard shops and bars, and no matter how impressive the A380 appears, it's a poor replacement for Concorde. We've lost a piece of engineering elegance, and replaced it with a lumbering giant, all in the name of cost cutting.

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The A380 no. 1 flight aircraft is transferred to Airbus' flight test centre at Toulouse-Blagnac International Airport, where the aircraft will be readied for its maiden takeoff on Wednesday.

In related news a £100 million redevelopment scheme has started at Heathrow airport to accommodate the new A380 super jumbo. I guess that explains all the construction work I noticed while I was going through Terminal 3 the week before last...

Update: A successful take off for the A380.