Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19 Posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2350 times:
In a hard-hitting interview with UK broadcaster BBC in its Hard Talk series, Airbus chief operating officer, Charles Champion, says the airframer "underestimated how much our customers wanted a competition between Airbus and Boeing with a new product from our side". He adds that "constructive criticism" that Airbus welcomes during the development phase of any new aircraft came "a bit late, maybe".
He also said that Airbus was looking at improving its current offering and probably to me, kind of implied that Airbus was looking at that more than a complete redesign as called on by certain quarters.
With regards to Singapore Airlines Limited, apparently the Airline is wanting "more" from the current A350 than Airbus is / can deliver at the moment.
The video, courtesy of BBC World's HardTalk programme (poor video quality) can be found here
Lumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2308 times:
The first line of the article is more telling IMO:
Quote: Airbus has taken a swipe at potential and existing customers for its A350 long-range twinjet for failing to supply timely feedback during the development effort, admitting that any newly-designed variant could not be ready until at least 2012.
"taken a swipe"? Not good press here. It could be construed as Mr. Champion blaming the customers! What happened to good old market research?
"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".