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« on: October 04, 2007, 08:12:41 PM »

Just saw on the news the big boy was in town Smiley And it will be flying over the city tomorrow (friday) before the Blue Angels. Any one got the audio from today?
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2007, 08:21:04 PM »

It landed in CVG after doing some low level passes of the GE Aircraft Engines plant in Cincinnati, where many parts of the GE90 that powers the ugly beast are made.  It landed at about 815am on Tuesday and was parked on display at the new DHL facility open to tours for GE, local media, etc.  Departed this morning, apparently for SFO
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2007, 11:09:59 PM »

I'll get it for you. I was down there today. Damn, what a day for spotting! An A380, 2 F-16s, the Blue Angles, and a Qatar A330, all in that order! Its like a dream or something.
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2007, 06:39:30 AM »

It landed in CVG after doing some low level passes of the GE Aircraft Engines plant in Cincinnati, where many parts of the GE90 that powers the ugly beast are made.  It landed at about 815am on Tuesday and was parked on display at the new DHL facility open to tours for GE, local media, etc.  Departed this morning, apparently for SFO
Actually A380 isn't powered by GE90, but Engine Alliance(GE & PW joint project) GP7200. GE90 is only used in B777 so far.
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2007, 12:15:00 PM »

Read an article stating " BA puts in order for 12 A380's, to be powered by rolls royce engines"  Why would airbus go with different engines other than GE/P+W? Is this standard practice?
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007, 03:29:52 PM »

Read an article stating " BA puts in order for 12 A380's, to be powered by rolls royce engines"  Why would airbus go with different engines other than GE/P+W? Is this standard practice?
Because RR makes good jet engines also? Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2007, 06:14:07 PM »

here's a pic of the A380 at ksfo:

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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2007, 06:58:30 PM »

Niiiiice picture wayne530!

Read an article stating " BA puts in order for 12 A380's, to be powered by rolls royce engines"  Why would airbus go with different engines other than GE/P+W? Is this standard practice?

As far as I know the airlines get 2 or 3 options for the engines to put on their fleet... Would not be surprised if there was a legal reason...
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2007, 09:34:27 PM »

actually i take no credit for the pic.  a friend that works at the airport sent it to me =)

Niiiiice picture wayne530!
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2007, 10:38:58 PM »

Niiiiice picture wayne530!

Read an article stating " BA puts in order for 12 A380's, to be powered by rolls royce engines"  Why would airbus go with different engines other than GE/P+W? Is this standard practice?

As far as I know the airlines get 2 or 3 options for the engines to put on their fleet... Would not be surprised if there was a legal reason...

it's also all about costs too... i'm guessing for geographical reasons, like for the maintenance of the engines it may be cheaper for some airlines to go for rolls royce than GE and vice versa.
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2007, 03:08:47 AM »

Read an article stating " BA puts in order for 12 A380's, to be powered by rolls royce engines"  Why would airbus go with different engines other than GE/P+W? Is this standard practice?

I'm not a BA expert but as far as I'm aware all (or most) of their aircraft have RR engines. I could be wrong and I probably am but I always figured that airlines have commitments toward certain companies that provide engines or aircraft. I know Northwest's DC-9's, A319/A320/A333, B752/B753, and B742/B744 all use Pratt & Whitney engines. This is the entire Northwest mainline fleet. The only exception to this is the DC-10's that used GE engines but they're all retired now.

So I figure it comes done to company commitments, fuel economy, maintenance, and environmental issues probably all play a role in how they chose their engines.
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2007, 03:30:42 PM »

Everyone's input makes sense. I was just surprised that since the 380 is making all these test flights with the P+W engines, that new orders would include engines from a different maker.
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2007, 10:02:46 PM »

First post, hi all.  There are several sources out there (multiple Wikipedia pages as well) that make the supported claim that BA is a staunch RR customer.  If nothing else, they keep their business in house - British airline, British power.
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« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2007, 06:27:21 AM »

Everyone's input makes sense. I was just surprised that since the 380 is making all these test flights with the P+W engines, that new orders would include engines from a different maker.
Airbus has made most test flights with the A380-841 (which is the model with RR engines). Three A380-861 (with EA engine) have flown, one of them is a converted 380-841.
Ref: http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/Airbus/A380/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Airbus_A380_orders_and_deliveries

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« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2007, 02:08:05 PM »

That's an awesome picture... how did you get it?  Smiley

here's a pic of the A380 at ksfo:

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