Long-serving Flight Test Aircraft Play Different Roles
Almost eight years have passed since the Airbus A380 widebody completed certification and entered service. Airbus engineers continue to handle multiple product development tasks for in-service types, and the very first A380 prototype continues to support their efforts with frequent flight testing. At July’s Farnborough International Airshow, AINtv’s cameras got a rare chance to explore the aircraft and to see how it still earns its living. Close by on the Farnborough static display stood a flight-test aircraft from Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner program. That aircraft played a key part in the new widebody’s recently completed type certification, and Boeing has since started the process of refitting it to enter the fleet of launch customer Air New Zealand.