Just a few more photos from inside the final assembly building at Toulouse…
What great fun to be at the factory and see the planes from so many carriers all in one place. And there were plenty to be seen. Check out some of these beauties:
This is the plane we were touring in all day:
Not all the planes on the ground were Airbus, but they were still cool:
Some of the bigger birds on display:
Of course, the main focus of the visit to Toulouse was plane spotting of a different kind. We were there to tour the A380 final assembly line. We did, and it was amazing. More stories, video and photos from that soon.
It has been a few days since my last post about the A380 factory tour and most of faculties have finally returned. You’ve seen many of the pictures already but I also have some video shot inside the factory with Richard Carcaillet, the Director of Product Marketing for the A380. He talks about some of the details on the final assembly, demand for the A380 and assembly time, as well as the value proposition for the aircraft.
There are also a couple videos from inside the mock-up center. Airbus uses the facility to show off interior design options to customers from seating arrangements to overhead bins to trim details. I never thought I’d see eleven different cabin configurations on a single plane but there they were in the A380 mock-up. Very cool stuff, though sadly no photos allowed inside the mock-ups. Still pretty interesting.
First flight of the Star Mega Do is now done and it was phenomenal. United was nice enough to up-gage the scheduled CRJ-700 to an Airbus A320 so there was plenty of room for our crowd, with a lot of empty middle seats to make everyone rather comfortable. Plus, free snack boxes for everyone on board so that we were all able to have some lunch in the middle of a ridiculously busy day.
Captain Bob Hart, who stopped by earlier in the day to hang out at the RCC with us and chat did a great job keeping the cabin informed on the couple small delays we had and also had some fun with contests and other bits of information shared over Channel 9. Among other things, we learned that the plane used 4900 of the planned 8300 pounds of fuel during the first half of the flight. I was nowhere close in my guess.
And then the seatbelt sign was off and I wandered the aisle of the plane, documenting in great detail some of the many FlyerTalk folks on the flight. Here are the pictures to prove it:
At one point in the flight I was called upon to perform some Flight Attendant-ish duties. Woohooo!
Randy Petersen, enjoying a bit of reading and some quality leg room in the exit row.
And then there was the collection of luggage and the march over to Terminal C to meet up with the Continental folks for the afternoon tours. Randy even pitched in on the luggage schlep. What a guy.
We’re now boarding the 747-400 (D-ABVR, Koln) for the flight from JFK to Frankfurt. More posts to come once we land!