Quote: EADS, parent company of the European airplane manufacturer airbus, helps the competitor Boeing for its new model 787 "Dreamliner" with parts, so that the machine can get as light and thus economical as planned. As the "Financial Times Germany" reported, the Augsburger EADS plant will supply a large trunk construction unit from composite material for the new Boeing long-distance aircraft. "We have a preliminary agreement, but still no series contract", a speaker of the enterprise said to the news paper. The rear cover of the airplane cab, the pressure bulkhead, from Augsburg would be the first part, which Boeing will receive from EADS from Germany.
NYC777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 5772 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 11213 times:
Well Spirit Aerostructures which was spun off from Boeing (formerly Boeing Wichita) maybe contracted out to build parts for Airbus aircraft. It's so funny how the world turns in teh aircraft manufacturing business.
Me??? A Boeing partisan? I think you have me confused with someone else. If I have any bias between Airbus and Boeing it would be in favor of Airbus as the only airliner I've ever flown was an A319 (not in commercial service at the time). However, I make every effort to set aside prejudices and stay as objective as I can.
727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10885 times:
Its only a matter of time before the two companies, shy of merging, collaborate on an all new aircraft design, then share assembly duties. The engine manufacturers are at it already: CFM, IAE, Engine Alliance; and there is rampant collaboration in the defense industry as well... Why not the aircraft themselves? A and B each have some strong suits and expertise where they can help each other out, making an overall better product for their customers.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13218 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10727 times:
On numerous threads, I've been very pessimistic about seeing a new SST for perhaps 20 years, if ever.
Were it to happen though, in the foreseeable future, this would be the point where you saw extensive, in-depth, acting as partners cooperation between Boeing and Airbus, with major Japanese elements too, (which is why that rather large, impressively launched 1/10 model was launched in Oz the other day).
Zvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10708 times:
Quoting A342 (Reply 20): And if it was the only airliner you´ve flown, how did you get to HAM or XFW ?
Or do you mean by "flying" that you take the controls ?
I flew to HAM on a scheduled flight. Airbus sent a driver to pick me up (who spoke even less English than I speak German, which made conversation very difficult). Yes, by flying I meant that I took the controls (only on the delivery flight, not during the test flights). Though I was in the cockpit for most of the test flights and did help figure out some of the problems the aircraft was having, I don't think I would have taken the controls even if offered. At some points there were 7 of us in the cockpit. It was one of the most memorable five day periods of my life. And Airbus was very, very good to me during the whole affair. I was very positively impressed.
: Pretty soon they will be building each others airplanes...argh! I hope not, then we will nothing to talk about on a.net!!!!
: Again, can you name the airline ? Please don´t if this would be risky for you.
: I was guest, so I'd rather not risk burning anyone.
: Sorry, it seems that I really have confused you with someone else. Axel
: The German text says that it is only the real pressure bulkhead. The present agreement only covers a few "pre-production" examples. It is not subcont