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Ethiopia: Airbus Superjumbo A380 lands in Ethiopia

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10/17/06

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Ethiopia: Airbus Superjumbo A380 lands in Ethiopia

Airbus superjumbo A380 lands in Ethiopia

10/17/2006
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The Ethiopian capital's Bole airport is situated at 7,500 feet, from which the A380 is to undertake tests to validate its Engine Alliance GP7200 engines performance from high altitude airports.

The Airbus superjumbo, the A380, landed on Monday (October 16) in Ethiopia at Africa's highest airport ahead of altitude tests. The huge airliner landed at Addis Ababa after a six and a half hour flight from Toulouse.

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An Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial airliner, is seen here in August 2006. The fate of Airbus factories in Germany have taken centre-stage in the political battle to rescue the plane maker, with reports and denials about disposal of five German sites.(AFP/DDP/File/Joerg Koch)

The crew were met by senior officials of Ethiopian Airlines -- one of Africa's oldest and most successful airlines -- whose aircraft are from Airbus rival Boeing. The Airbus flight crew were handed flowers as they left the aircraft and one of the test pilots explained why they had chosen Addis Ababa.

"We have to do what we call high altitude testing of our engines, which are new engines to the A380, and this is now several times we are coming to Addis to do those exercises because first of all, the welcome is so nice and secondly the altitude exactly the one we are looking for, we have the temperatures we are looking for and last but not least which is most important to us we get the proper support from you people over here," said Captain Etienne Tarnowski.

The Ethiopian capital's Bole airport is situated at 7,500 feet, from which the A380 is to undertake tests to validate its Engine Alliance GP7200 engines performance from high altitude airports.

Hot weather tests in Arab Emirates

At the end of the week the A380 is expected to fly on to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates for hot weather tests. However, two-year delays to the A380 superjumbo and a profit shortfall of 4.8 billion euros have pushed Airbus towards a restructuring expected to threaten thousands of European jobs.

French and German leaders last week called for the burden of the "Power8" restructuring plan to be shared equally, amid an outcry in Germany over unconfirmed suggestions that jobs could be transferred from Hamburg to Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.

The industry has so far not provided figures on the overall financial impact of the A380 delays, although analysts say the cashflow and working capital requirements of those involved in making primary structural components are most under pressure.

40 superjumbo deliveries

Airbus is not expected to reach the milestone of 40 superjumbo deliveries until early 2010 under its latest forecasts, two years later than originally scheduled. The construction of the world's largest commercial airliner brought together major European powers. In addition to the prime contractors in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain, components for the A380 airframe are also manufactured by industrial partners in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. The final assembly of the A380 is based in Toulouse, France, with interior fitment carried out in Hamburg, Germany.

Airbus first began studies on a very large 500 seat airliner in the early 1990s. The European manufacturer saw developing a competitor and successor to the Boeing 747 as a strategic play to end Boeing's dominance of the very large airliner market and round out Airbus' product line-up.

On January 18, 2005, the first Airbus A380 was officially revealed in a lavish ceremony, attended by 5000 invited guests including the French, German, British and Spanish president and prime ministers, representing the countries that invested heavily in the 10-year, 10 billion Euro (13 billion U.S. dollar) aircraft programme, and the CEOs of the 14 A380 customers, who had placed firm orders for 149 aircraft by then.

Source: EIT24

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Press Release from Air Bus

Airbus A380 powered by Engine Alliance engines to perform high altitude tests in Ethiopia
16 October 2006

The Airbus A380 MSN009 powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, took off from Toulouse today at 09:40 am local time for a six and a half hour flight to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia where it will complete a series of high altitude tests.

Addis Ababa is an airport situated at 7,500 feet, from which the A380 will perform tests to validate the engines’ performance from high altitude airports. The A380 is scheduled to continue from Addis Ababa at the end of this week for hot weather tests to be performed at Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

The A380 is piloted today by Test Pilots, Etienne Tarnowski and Ignacio Lombo. The other crew members are Test Flight Engineer, Bruno Bigand and Flight Test Engineers, Manfred Birnfeld and Jean-Philippe Cottet.

MSN009 is the fifth developmental A380 aircraft that joined the fleet of A380 test aircraft in August. The A380 MSN009 is powered by four GP7200 Engine Alliance engines, which have a capacity of delivering a thrust up to 81,500 pounds (37 tonnes) each. Six A380 customers have selected the Engine Alliance GP7200 engine for a total of 82 firm aircraft orders.

Extreme weather testing is part of the overall European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification programme. So far, the five A380 developmental aircraft have accumulated 2247 test flight hours in 700 flights. The certification programme is on track and the aircraft’s performance is often exceeding expectations.

Airbus is an EADS company.

Source:
Airbus

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October 17 - Airbus A380 Landed at Addis Ababa International Airport

The Super Jumbo aircraft Airbus A380 landed at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Monday October 16, 2006 making the Addis Ababa International Airport the first African Airport visited in the framework of its flight test program. The Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is chosen for its altitude of 7,500 feet above sea level.

Ethiopian Airlines and the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport demonstrated their competency in handling the Super Jumbo Jet. The selection of Addis Ababa for the test flight shows that the airport, the airport services and its airline respond to the needs of Airbus and its flight test program.

As has been proven time and again Ethiopian Airlines continues to be pioneer in the African Aviation field. Ethiopian is to be the first African carrier to welcome the Airbus A380 Jumbo Jet.

The double deck Airbus A380 with an average seat capacity of 555 in a three class configuration is the most modern, commercial aircraft today. When it enters service, A380 will be the world’s largest aircraft. The aircraft is ensuring wider seats and aisles for more passenger comfort. Using the most advanced technologies, the A380 is also designed to have 15 to 20 percent lower seat-mile costs, 10 per cent more range, lower fuel burn and less emissions and noise.

On January 18, 2005, the first A380 was officially revealed in a colorful ceremony, attended by 5000 invited guests.

Hosting the high altitude tests of the Airbus A380 is indeed a testimony to the high standard of Ethiopian Airlines and the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

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