Assembly of the first Airbus A380 for Thai Airways International has begun at the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse.
The final assembly process of an Airbus A380 is made up of several phases. At the first station (shown in this photograph), the A380’s front, central, and aft fuselages, wings, and horizontal and vertical tail plane – also known as the horizontal and vertical stabilizers – are assembled.
The aircraft is then moved to the second station, where general tests on its electric/hydraulic systems, mobile parts and landing gears are carried out, while engines are also installed.
During the third phase, final ground and first engine tests take place in dedicated facilities outside the main building.
Finally, the A380 is prepared for its first flight to the Airbus facilities in Hamburg, where its passenger cabin is installed and the aircraft painted in the airline’s livery.
Thai Airways International will become the ninth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the third quarter of 2012.
The airline has firm orders for six A380s and will operate the aircraft on its premier routes from Bangkok to Europe.