Long-serving Flight Test Aircraft Play Different Roles

 - August 21, 2014, 10:38 AM

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.