Mon, Mar 27, 2006
The fast-moving folks
at Airbus tell ANN that they have successfully completed the
passenger evacuation trial on development A380 MSN7, paving the way
for the authorities to certify the aircraft in time for delivery by
the end of 2006. During the trial, all of the 873 participants were
able to leave the aircraft and reach ground within the 90 seconds
prescribed, with half of the 16 doors in operation. The trial was
performed under the supervision of the European Aviation and Safety
Agency EASA and a representative of the American FAA.
The Airworthiness Authorities will now thoroughly review the
material available, analyse the passenger flow on the two decks,
and the evacuation itself.
"There was one passenger suffering a broken leg and few minor
injuries. We will support them in every way we can," said Airbus
COO and Head of A380 programme Charles Champion.
"Although the final number as confirmed by the Authority will
only be known in a few days, we are very happy with this result. It
clears the way for the transportation of passengers as defined by
our initial customers who all have selected very comfortable three
class layouts. And even in a higher density two class layout, the
A380 cabin will continue to set new standards of comfort."
The evacuation trial was the most stringent ever performed and
the first ever on a passenger aircraft with two decks. The aircraft
was fitted with a very high density cabin layout, featuring 853
seats which were all occupied. In addition there were two cockpit
crew members and 18 cabin crews from Lufthansa on board to manage
the evacuation in a representative way. The trial was performed in
darkness, yet filmed by infrared cameras. The doors and slides that
were operative were not known before the trial.
The "passengers" having suffered injuries when arriving on the
ground were immediately taken care of by the medical emergency and
first aid service available on the site. Airbus will of course
provide all the support required to the injured person who were
covered by a special insurance.
The A380 is designed to carry an average of 555 passengers in
three classes over distances up to 8,000 nm/ 15,000 km. To-date,
159 A380s have been ordered by 16 customers, with the first due to
be delivered to first operator Singapore Airlines before the end of
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