Leelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6813 times:
The electronic edition of this week's (5/2/06) Flight International is reporting that Tim Clark says Airbus faces "huge hurdles" to meets it April 2007 target to deliver the first Engine Alliance-GP7200 powered A380, of which EK is the launch operator. "I dont believe for a moment it won't be tough," said Clark. "So far, it's so good, but cabin integration is an enourmous challenge. If it is looking to go beyond that time we have asked them to be as candid as possible with us. But nothing would surprise us."
Last week EK confirmed that senior managers had visited Toulouse in April and "they confirmed we will receive our A380 in mid-April." Publicly Airbus will only commit to a "second quarter" delivery for the first EK aircraft.
Sinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1679 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6493 times:
It's going to a very large task. Being that a GP-7200 powered A380 hasn't even flown yet.
The thing that I wounder is who's mainly at fault. Is it Engine Alliance or Airbus? I've read that the main issue is unseen problems getting the engines integrated. What hasn't really been covered is who's side the Tech issues are on.
Well who ever is at fault will surly have some major penalty's.
RichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6171 times:
Quoting AirFrnt (Reply 4): Random question, did Airbus ever state when they intended to start the GP tests?
The engines were hung on the airframe in February, so its got to be soon I think. While not being an aerospace engineer, I would highly doubt it would be a hard task to certify just an engine in 9 months.
OldAeroGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3723 posts, RR: 67
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4963 times:
Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 5): The engines were hung on the airframe in February, so its got to be soon I think. While not being an aerospace engineer, I would highly doubt it would be a hard task to certify just an engine in 9 months.
It's the airframe/engine combination that has to be certified. This will entail re-doing a number of the test conditions performed for the Trent 900 A380 certification.
However, there will be addition flowtime because the EK interior must also be certified before the airplane can be delivered. After all, individual airline interiors were given as the primary cause for the late delivery to SQ.
Airplane design is easy, the difficulty is getting them to fly - Barnes Wallis
Leelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4678 times:
Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 10): With more than one airframe for EK currently completed, the interior and the engine certifications can be done in tandem.
No airframe slated for delivery to EK is part of the flight-test program, MSN002, 004, 007, 009 will all be delivered to Etihad. MSN007 & 009 will be re-engined to Roll-Royce before delivery. Oddly, 007 starts off with RR, with a switch to GP this summer, and switch back to RR before delivery to Etihad.
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21907 posts, RR: 59
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4039 times:
Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 15): Hardly a rumor, as it comes from the mouth of the CEO whos airline we are talking about.
Yeah, but Clark is one of the most vocal, manipulative CEOs out there. I've never seen one guy so loud about so many things, making so many demands publicly. I know he controls a lot of lucrative orders, but it's getting kind of ridiculous.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.