A review of the development of Airbus A380
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus. It is the world's largest passenger airliner. The A380 made its maiden flight on 27 April 2005 and entered commercial service on 25 October 2007 with Singapore Airlines. While the airliner created history when it took to flight, its development phase was riddled with issues that brought Airbus to its knees.
In this report, we'll examine the project that was undertaken to develop this behemoth of the skies.
1991: Market demand researched
1993: Boeing cancels large aircraft project
1996: Airbus “Large Aircraft Division” formed
2000: Commercial launch of the A3XX
2002: Component manufacturing begins
Feb: Engine Delivered
May: Assembly begins in the giant £240m factory.
18 Jan: First Press Display – A380 Reveal
27 Apr: Maiden flight/Flight testing and certification begins
Jun: SCHEDULE: Airbus announces that the plane's delivery schedule will slip by six months.
26 Mar: QUALITY: The plane passes a key evacuation test, with 850 passengers and 20 crew managing to leave the aircraft within 78 seconds, even though half the exits were blocked.
29 Mar: EASA and FAA Certification and delays
Jul: SCHEDULE: 6 – 7 months of production delay
Oct: SCHEDULE: Additional 12 months of delay
15 Oct: First A380-800 delivered to Singapore Airlines
25 Oct: Introduction flight with Singapore Airlines