A tour of the Airbus A380 factory

 An Airbus A380 at the final assembly line

An Airbus A380 at the final assembly line

I was back in Toulouse, about a year to date after my last visit to the A380 final assembly line.

Besides getting to know the amazing Beluga aircraft, I got to know a few aspects of the A380 programme that escaped me last time. 

A visit to the A380 assembly line was, of course, "de rigueur", but this time I could see some other areas of Airbus' Blagnac site that fulfill an important role when it comes to getting the aircraft ready for delivery to airlines.

 The A380 wings are really spectacular

The A380 wings are really spectacular

Airbus Aircraft Interior Design Center

Most passenger might not give a conscious thought to it, but the look of the cabin and the atmosphere you perceive when you get on board of an airliner are the result of the work being done here.  

 This aircraft mock-up is used to test new cabin decor ideas.

This aircraft mock-up is used to test new cabin decor ideas.

Here is where, together with its airline customers, Airbus prepares the next generation of the air passenger's experience.

 The air traveler experience starts here

The air traveler experience starts here

 Choosing the best fabrics for the aircraft seats

Choosing the best fabrics for the aircraft seats

Despite the aircraft mock-up, this facility looks more like a fashion workshop or a design studio. Here Airbus creative types come up with and test new ideas for aircraft interiors.

The Mock-up Center

Much larger than the design center, the state-of-the-art mock-up center right next to Airbus corporate offices is quite an impressive building.

 An economy class cabin mock-up

An economy class cabin mock-up

The purpose of this facility is to showcase different configurations that can fit into each of Airbus' aircraft types. There is proper real-size mock up of each of Airbus' airframes, each with a range of seat plan configurations and interiors.

We were given a tour of the A380 mock-up and got impressed by some of the very luxurious options available.

 Feeling like going somewhere? This is one of the premium cabin concepts for the Airbus A380 exhibited at the mock-up center

Feeling like going somewhere? This is one of the premium cabin concepts for the Airbus A380 exhibited at the mock-up center

 Ready to order some food?

Ready to order some food?