Catching up with the Airbus prototypes
This is a new series of hopefully useful posts to catch up with the prototype and demonstrator aircraft produced by different aircraft manufacturers around the world.
The prototype model is the first of the type to fly, and will later be joined by other examples to help achieve flight certification.
Following this, the prototype will often either be kept for future testing and modification, delivered to an airline customer, sent to a museum or stored and ultimately scrapped.
In this first post we’ll look at the various Airbus aircraft model prototypes produced from the first A300B1 to the most recent A350XWB.
F-OCAZ. Scrapped. Centre section and wing on display at Munich City Museum Von Meisterwerke, Germany. Other parts exist at Paris Le Bourget and Toulouse Blagnac.
F-BUAD. On public display at Cologne/Bonn Airport, Germany, after spending time as a Zero-G trainer.
HZ-AJA. Stored at Hofuf Al-Ahsa Airport, Saudi Arabia.
N450FE. Active with FedEx Express.
N803FD. Active with FedEx Express.
A6-AAM. Private, based Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
C-GBIP. Active with Air Canada.
F-WWBA. Active as testbed, Toulouse Blagnac, France. To be preserved at Aeroscopia Museum, Toulouse.
TC-ONS. Active with Onur Air.
B-HTF. Active with Dragonair, Hong Kong.
CS-TOH. Active with TAP Portugal.
B-HLJ. Active with Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong. On lease to Dragonair.
HZ-124. Active with Royal Saudi Air Force, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
F-WWAI. Stored at Toulouse Blagnac, France. Will be used as future testbed with BLADE.
A6-ERF. Stored at Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Will be scrapped.
F-WWCA. Stored at Lourdes Tarbes, France.
F-WXWB. Active at Toulouse Blagnac, France.
F-WWOW. Active at Toulouse Blagnac, France.
MSN2 will be preserved at Aeroscopia Museum, Toulouse, and MSN4 will be preserved at Air & Space Museum, Paris Le Bourget.