A380 to embark on technical route proving tours

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Mumbai, Sep 24 (UNI) The world's largest passenger flying machine, 'Airbus A380' test aircraft, powered by the new Engine Alliance 'GP7000 engines', will embark on a series of four tours as part of its technical route proving.

During the technical route proving tour, the A380 will demonstrate that it can be turned around under normal airline operating conditions. The same tours were successfully completed by test aircraft, powered by Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines in 2006.

The tests will cover, amongst other things, checks on standard aircraft maintenance and behaviour, as well as typical airport operations and compatibility, confirming the aircraft's readiness for entry into service, a statement said.

Type certification for the A380 fitted with Engine Alliance GP7000 engines is expected for December 2007.

During this certification exercise, which aims at accumulating 150 hours of ''typical airline'' continuous operation, the A380 will visit destinations in South America, North America, the West Asia and Asia-Pacific.

The A380 will first go to Bogota, Colombia on 26th and 27th September, returning to its home base in Toulouse, South West France. It will then fly to the US, landing at Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Hebron, Kentucky and San Francisco, California on 2nd till 5th October and back to Toulouse.

The route proving will continue, flying to Dubai, Melbourne, Australia, Manila and Luzon in the Philippines and back to Dubai before returning to Toulouse on 8th October.

The next destinations to be visited are Bogota, Vancouver and Osaka from 15th to 19th October.

In addition, the advanced materials and systems on the A380, together with state-of-the-art aerodynamics and all-new engines, the giant flying machine also provides vital extra passenger capacity without increasing the number of flights, seating over 40 per cent more passengers, the statement added.

Total orders&commitments for A380 are 173 from 14 customers 165 firms and 8 commitments, which includes an order from Kingfisher Airlines, a private Indian entity.

UNI

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