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Airbus Provides Additional Info On A380 Delays  
User currently offlineKatekebo From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 702 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7450 times:

http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/06/02/business/airbus03.php

quote:

"The delay that Airbus announced on Wednesday in delivery dates of its A380 jumbo jet is linked to production problems at one of its main parts plants in Germany..."

"...the Hamburg problems had more to do with production misunderstandings or failures than with any safety or quality-related issues, the sources said, and the problems are not related to suppliers."

"The Airbus sources also insisted that none of the delay was related to problems with the aircraft's weight or performance."

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User currently offlineKatekebo From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 702 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7424 times:

oops, clicked on the post button too early, before finishing my note.

The reasons stated in the article are quite different to the explanation given just a day or two before by Airbus management - who blamed the delays on interiors customization.

This does not help Airbus credibility.


User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7396 times:

Do you have a link to Airbus management blaming it on interior customization? I havne't seen such a comment from them; only speculation to that effect on a.net.


Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlineKatekebo From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 702 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7347 times:

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...fp/francetransportair_050601175500

quote:

"Airbus said Wednesday the delays were due to production problems linked to the cabin fittings demanded by the different clients.

"The first 15 planes to produce are completely different, one from another," an Airbus spokesman said."


User currently offlineBeauing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7344 times:

Quoting Jean Leloup (Reply 2):
Do you have a link to Airbus management blaming it on interior customization?



Quote:
Leahy said in an interview that he was embarrassed about the delays, but he attributed it, in part, to the new cabin configurations on the A380 sought by customers.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/226713_airbus02.html


User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7258 times:

I figured there must have been more to it than the interior issues. Obviously the interiors are complex... but for a company that was touting day spas and resturants, you'd think some seats and galleys wouldn't be so bad  Wink.


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User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7042 times:

Thanks! Ok, so, attributed in part to issues with cabin fittings. And if you read the whole article linked to in the thread starter, it still says that cabin fittings are part of the problem. (Not to take away from the importance of the main revelation of the article.) So I don't see any reason to suggest that earlier comments about cabin configurations were lies, and thus I don't see this as a huge credibility problem.


Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlineLifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1916 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6750 times:

Ehh, guys... The interior designing and production for the A380 is also in Hamburg if I recall the documentary on Discovery correctly. I don't see any problems here. Airbus says it's having difficulties with the interiors which are being made at Hamburg. Why the fuss about this article. I think it's the wiring of the cabins... So, nothing wrong with Airbus' credibility.

Cheers!  wave 



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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6705 times:

Katekebo, there´s a small button down to the right called EDIT, use that.

User currently offlineDAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6702 times:

Quoting Katekebo (Reply 3):
"Airbus said Wednesday the delays were due to production problems linked to the cabin fittings demanded by the different clients.

"The first 15 planes to produce are completely different, one from another," an Airbus spokesman said."



Quoting Katekebo (Thread starter):
The delay that Airbus announced on Wednesday in delivery dates of its A380 jumbo jet is linked to production problems at one of its main parts plants in Germany..."

Perhaps the cabin fittings in the first release are the parts referred to in the later release.



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User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6480 times:

Quoting LifelinerOne (Reply 7):
Ehh, guys... The interior designing and production for the A380 is also in Hamburg if I recall the documentary on Discovery correctly. I don't see any problems here. Airbus says it's having difficulties with the interiors which are being made at Hamburg. Why the fuss about this article. I think it's the wiring of the cabins... So, nothing wrong with Airbus' credibility.

Cheers!

Yep that's correct. The cabin interiors are taken care of in Hamburg so it makes sense that both articles are valid and not just "lies".



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User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2711 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6427 times:

Quoting Katekebo (Reply 1):
This does not help Airbus credibility.

Searching for scandle under every rock is far less credible.



When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
User currently offlineKatekebo From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 702 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6381 times:

Airbus official communications during the last months have not been precisely very professional.

First, immediately after B787 launch, they dismissed it as a non-threat saying that A330 could easily compete against the new Boeing. Now, roughtly 6 months later, they acknowledged that they have gone through a 4th iteration of performance specs in order to close the gap between A350 and B787.

Now, immediately after announcing a flawless initial tests of the A380, they communicate a 6 months delay in delivery to customers.

Also, contrary to Boeing practice, they only list new orders on their web page and conviniently avoid showing any cancellations.

Not a very coherent and professional message.


User currently offlineArrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2676 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6354 times:
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Quoting Katekebo (Reply 12):
Also, contrary to Boeing practice, they only list new orders on their web page and conviniently avoid showing any cancellations.

Not a very coherent and professional message.

I smell an A-B war smouldering here. Why should Airbus do everything the same way Boeing does it? Or vice-versa, for that matter. This is a tempest in a teapot.



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User currently offlineLifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1916 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6288 times:

I don't think Airbus is the only one to blame for having different stories out in the open. I also think the media isn't doing a great job on aviation coverage these days. Journalists (and also sometimes the A.net community) tend to tell their own story or just what suits their needs.

20 different journalists mean 20 different stories while they are in the same press room...  blockhead 

Cheers!  wave 



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User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6270 times:

Quoting LifelinerOne (Reply 14):
20 different journalists mean 20 different stories while they are in the same press room...

And all 20 of them have no f****** clue what they're talking about be it Boeing, Airbus, Fokker or Embraer! Sad...



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User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6261 times:

I would think that the A380 has one hell of a big setup for the various IFE options! Customers are going to want the top of the line in the aircraft, and that's a lot of potential bugs to work out.

Are any going to have Connexions or similar systems available at their EIS? That's even more complexity.


User currently offlineAirEMS From United States of America, joined May 2004, 684 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 5772 times:

Just a question on the weight and performance aspects... Will the 380 be able to operate from Denver during our hot season? I've been told that with Denver being high in alt. and when it gets hot the ability to lift goes in the toliet.. Just wondering

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User currently offlineTrent900 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 527 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 4615 times:

Quoting Katekebo (Reply 12):
Not a very coherent and professional message.

Thats europe for you  old  I'm surprised everyone hasn't worked this out already..

D.


User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 4402 times:

Quoting AirEMS (Reply 17):
Just a question on the weight and performance aspects... Will the 380 be able to operate from Denver during our hot season? I've been told that with Denver being high in alt. and when it gets hot the ability to lift goes in the toliet.. Just wondering

I don't think even airbus can answer this question for you at the moment. All we know so far is that the aircraft has outdone it's flight envelope pulished on paper based on the designs, but there is not much disclosed so I guess we'll have to wait and see.

How long is the runway at Denver and what is the aerodrome altitude?



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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12404 posts, RR: 46
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 4341 times:
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I would expect to hear a detailed update on the A380 at Paris. Confirmation of any delays in delivery, but also confirmation that the plane is performing better than expected given it's limited flying time so far.

Given this will also be the first 'public' showing of the A380, I'd be very surprised if one or two new customers weren't announced.  wink 



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21478 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 4293 times:

True for the 772LR as well, no doubt. Haven't heard much about that flight testing from Boeing, other than where it will be on the way to Paris, and some random cities it will visit over time.


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User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 4270 times:

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 20):
I would expect to hear a detailed update on the A380 at Paris. Confirmation of any delays in delivery, but also confirmation that the plane is performing better than expected given it's limited flying time so far.

Given this will also be the first 'public' showing of the A380, I'd be very surprised if one or two new customers weren't announced.

You're probably right...

I can't wait Big grin Are you going to the show as well?



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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12404 posts, RR: 46
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 4226 times:
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Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 22):
I can't wait Are you going to the show as well?

Afraid not.  crying  I'm having to limit myself to Moscow in August and Dubai in November. Too many air shows, too little time.



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User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 4211 times:

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 23):
Moscow in August and Dubai in November.

Yeah life is tough eh, going to all those places  tongue 

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 23):
Afraid not

Alright, I'll do my best to not rub it in too much when I am back  innocent 



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25 WINGS : Since when has Airbus stated that they have altered the specs on the plane, to close the gap between the A350 and B787? I would put my money on Boein
26 Trident2e : With whom? I don't think Airbus could care less about its credibility with members of this forum. How many airlines have cancelled orders as a result
27 Jet-lagged : I think it is the pillows. Very difficult to get them just right.
28 Post contains links Katekebo : Now apparently Airbus factories are starting to fight each other over they cause of the delay. http://today.reuters.com/Stocks/Quot....L&storyID=17189
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