Europe's bib to capture a stake in the large airliner market is heavily invented in the new European airbus.
Europe's bib to capture a stake in the large airliner market is heavily invented in the new European airbus. The prototype of the A300B Airbus is currently nearing completion in Toulouse, France, and is scheduled to roll-out during the next couple of months, with the first flight following later this year.
The 300-seat airliner has been developed jointly by companies in Fence, West Germany, Spain, Britain and the Netherlands. If the builders continue to meet their schedule and GBP200 million development budget, the first airbuses should be service by 1974. Orders have already been placed by air France and by Iberia, the Spanish airline.
SYNOPSIS: A Super Guppy transport aircraft flies into Toulouse, southern France, with part of Europe's brand new airbus packed inside its stubby frame. In recent months, the Super guppy have been flying a shuttles service to Touluse with components for the new airbus. On this occasion, they were unloading part of the fuselage, built in West Germany. The wings have been flown in from Britain, other components from Spain and holland.
Here in Toulouse, the French ar rounding off the five-nation partnership by assembling the three-hundred seat airbus. The new aircraft is officially designated the A-Three-Hundred-B, and it's due to roll out onto the tarmac for the first time during the next couple of months. The prototypes shout make its first flight later this year.
The creation of this European airbus has suffered several setbacks, notably the withdraw of the British government form the project tow years ago. But the British firm of Hawker Siddeley invested its own money, and major financing came from the French and West German governments. The complex production work involved the manufacture of components at a dozen different factories--not counting the engines, which are binge purchased from a United States firm. Despite the problems, development is well up to schedule and shouldn't greatly exceed the original budget of two-hundred-million pounds.
At the mock-up of the flight deck, senior test pilot Max Fischl gets the feel of the controls. The airbus should come into service in 1974. Air France has already ordered six of the aircraft, with options for a further ten. and Iberia, the Spanish airline, has ordered four, with options on another eight. Starting at this moth's Hanvoer Ari Show, there'll be major sales effort to make a success of Europe's airbus