MSN5 will roll out in April and fly in May. MSN6 was loaded into the FAL about 1 month later. Depending on the customer inspections, it should roll out in June or July at last, and fly in June or August at last.
MSN 6 is at station 40 (where it has been unveiled to Mr Al Baker), fuselage and tail cone have been joined, the frame is undergoing wing, HTP, VTP, engine pylon and main landing gear junction.
Joining all fuselage sections in station 50 is said (by Airbus marketing guys ?!) to be a new process saving 30% assembly time as compared to the A330 process, as several parts can be assembled and some tests performed at the same time (power is on for the first time at station 40).
Wow!!! I love it. Makes me want to work for airbus. Such interesting work.And to think this so many hours its so carefully done mm by mm slotted and then joined. That like nail gun the guy is using which i know is not a nail gun but is it the new technique instead of riveting i have heard of to save on up to 40% on weight?