Most planes are delivered to their destination by flying them directly to their destination, which requires providing them with extra fuel tanks. Also, sometimes their components are sent partially via cargo plane or boat and assembled at their final destination.
How are small planes delivered?
This depends on the range of the airplane, if there is no possibility to deliver the airplane to its destination directly, then it stops being refueled several times by using the shortest routes. For example, the airplane which has to deliver in Sydney, Australia from North America may stop several times in many airfields before reaching its destination. It may fly from Washington to Alaska before stopping in China, Indonesia, and Japan.
How are passenger aircraft delivered?
Airbus and Boeing are the most manufactured passengers airplanes. Most of the best-selling airplanes have a range of 9000 miles or more, in case the destination is in the range than its land in the buyer’s chosen airfield. If the destination isn’t in the range, the airplane is supplied with fuel tanks which help in extending the airplane’s range.
Easy airplane delivery
In case the plane has the range to fly to the airplane hub directly like the Boeing 777X business jet that can fly 21,000 KM. So, it can take the short route, also it’s empty of passengers and luggage so it can fly further than usual. This generally includes any aircraft such as a Boeing 747, 777X, Airbus A380, A350, etc.
Do customers try the plane before buying it?
The light planes
Buying any kind of airplane requires one or more test flights. When buying a light plane, a pilot or airline operator makes a performance test to review the operation system and notice any mistakes in it.
Passenger aircraft have to be tested intensively for over four or five days. For instance, when an airliner sells a plane a company like Airbus requires a customer to send a team of representatives to check and test the airplane. This team is consisting of pilots, engineers, and a maintenance crew.
On the first day, the team checks the external surface of the plane, the cabin, and tests the performance of the engines. On the second day, the team performs an acceptance flight, which comes after testing the aircraft system and performance during the flight. The final technical acceptance occurs on the fourth day, if the customer accepted then the property is transferred, then the airplane is delivered to the customer’s airfield.