Airbus A380 lands in Bangkok on First Visit to Thailand

Travel News Asia Tuesday, 5 December 2006

The worlds largest commercial airliner, the 800+ seat Airbus A380, arrived Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport today, following the successful completion of a series of technical route proving missions at the end of November. The A380 MSN002, one of five test aircraft, landed at 13.22 local time following a 11 hour 35 minute flight from Toulouse, France. The aircraft was under the command of Airbus experimental test pilot, Lucien Beinard.

During the visit the A380 will be presented to officials from Thai Airways International and the Airport Authority of Thailand, as well as undertaking a series of airport compatibility verification tests.

Airbus A380 landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport - click to enlarge The impressive Airbus A380 at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport - click to enlarge The Airbus A380 will be in Bangkok until Thursday - click to enlarge Thai Airways International currently has six A380's ordered - click to enlarge
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The technical route proving completed on 30th November is the last of the trials required for Type Certification, which is expected mid-December. The exercise took the A380 MSN002 across the globe on an 18-day trip, stopping at ten airports in the Asia Pacific region. During the trials, the aircraft flew approximately 69,000 nm / 127,788 km in some 152 flight hours, with all flights performed on schedule. The aircraft was operated by Airbus flight crews. The Airworthiness Authority pilots from both the European Aviation Safety Agency and the US Federal Aviation Administration also participated in the technical route proving and flew the aircraft on four legs.

The technical route proving started on November 13th with four trips which included visits to Singapore and Seoul on the 14th and 15th November, then to Hong Kong and Narita, Japan on 18th and 19th November. On the third trip, the aircraft went to China stopping at Guangzhou on 22nd November and Beijing and Shanghai on 23rd November. The fourth and final journey included the round-the-world trip via both poles with stops in South Africa, Australia and Canada.

At each destination, the A380 performed as expected, demonstrating that it can be turned around as per normal airline operations. Checks were made on standard maintenance and behaviour, as well as typical airport operations and compatibility. This included the monitoring of functions such as bridge docking, cleaning and catering, refuelling and boarding procedures.

The A380 has a total of 166 orders and commitments from 15 customers, with 66 orders and commitments coming from 7 customers in the Asia Pacific region, including Thai Airways International.

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