Airbus' Problem Children

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  1. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

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    A380:
    The delivery of the largest passenger jet in the world has been delayed repeatedly. Now, the first plane is set to come off the assembly line and delivered -- to Singapore Airlines -- in the first quarter of 2007, more than a year later than originally planned. Singapore Airlines was supposed to take delivery of the first plane way back in 2005. The delays were caused by problems with the complicated cable network and wiring inside the plane. So far, there are some 160 orders for the plane, which can seat 555 passengers in three classes in its standard version. According to prognostications made by Airbus parent EADS, the delays will put a dent in the company's 2006-2010 profits to the tune of €4.8 billion.

    A350:
    The two-engine jet is seen as a competitor to the successful Boeing 787 Dreamliner. But Airbus has repeatedly changed their concept for the A350 in the past. Originally, the company wanted merely to modernize the A330 jets, which have been the firm's bread and butter since 1993. When the customers didn't bite, Airbus presented a new concept at the end of 2004. But that too was largely ignored by customers -- the fuselage was seen as being too narrow. Finally, in July 2006, Airbus announced the development of a completely new airplane called the A350 XWB. The jet was set to be ready by 2012, but now EADS is reviewing whether the company has enough resources available for the development.

    A400M:
    The military transport plane was designed primarily with the needs of NATO in mind. But Airbus manager Christian Streiff has admitted that the plane has fallen behind schedule. The first test flights had originally been scheduled for 2008 and the first deliveries planned for the end of 2009. But experts are concerned that, given the problems with the A380 and the additional attention being paid to the giant, that there won't be enough engineers available to work on the A400M. The plane's development is costing billions, but is necessary to take over military transport duties from the Hercules aircraft. The project is the biggest arms-development program in Europe at the moment.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,470109,00.html
     
  2. jungle

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    You forgot every other aircraft they have built with the exception of the A319/320/321 series. They have all been commercial failures.
     

  3. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

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    I didn't forget, mon frère. Tweren't me what wrote it, t'was Der Spiegel.
     
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    this is why i will always fly boeing steel.
     
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    Der Spiegel sind haben keine record.
     
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    I'm not so sure you could call the rest of the family failures, the A300 got off to a slow start, but they are still making them to this day, and the A330/340 family has been pretty popular. But I think its gonna take a miracle to save them now. China has been saying they want to build airliners, maybe the Euro-wheenies will sell Airbus to them.
     
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    According to -- hey, it has to be true, I read it on the Internet -- Wikipedia, there had been a total of nine A380s built as of last month. The first production model will not be delivered for another three months. Yet Emirates Air has ordered 55 units, raising the total on order by 50%: http://www.iht.com/bin/print.php?id=6515813

    What are they thinking??? Since 3/4s of all residents of Dubai are "guest workers", maybe they figure they need that large a fleet to haul in all their manual laborers.
     
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    Does Emirates even have enough territory to PARK 55 A380s ??...:supergrin: