Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 33652 posts, RR: 85 Posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3124 times:
Quote: By year-end, Airbus plans to nail down the central supplier, industrial and design decisions for its A350XWB twin widebody. Not since the A300B, the first aircraft the European aircraft maker brought to market, has so much been riding on getting it right.
There are at least two clear examples where the plateau idea has paid dividends, Caudron points out. First, as engineers were sorting out how to split the fuselage sections, production representatives pointed out that shifting the joints away from heavily loaded areas would yield big savings in final assembly. Under the serial approach, that ramification may not have been noticed for months.
Similarly, the process of optimizing the A350 nose involved multiple parties. While aerodynamicists were primarily focused on the shape, materials experts helped define the metal and composite configuration mix, and systems experts ensured there was enough room for six large displays. The commercial side then made sure the crew rest area would not detract from the revenue space of the cabin. All these decisions, formerly made in a serial fashion, are now made in parallel.
Alan Pardoe, A350 marketing director, suggests a market split may be evolving between the 787 and A350, with the airlines that are looking to replace 767-300s focusing on trip costs and leaning toward the Boeing product, while those focused on seat-mile cost are tending to favor the A350. It’s not a view shared by Seattle, where officials see no distinct split. In fact, Qatar Airways, also a purchaser of both, says the determining factors for them were simply slot availability and fleet renewal needs.
Swallow From Uganda, joined Jul 2007, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3022 times:
Boeing 'bet the company' on the 707, 747 and now the 787. It is now the turn of Airbus to pull it off. Let's hope this program can stick to its milestones. The D word [delay] is becoming synonymous with new aircraft programs.
Quoting Stitch (Thread starter): Similarly, the process of optimizing the A350 nose involved multiple parties
Please do a nice nose job!! Plastic surgery is expensive
Chiad From Norway, joined May 2006, 1365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2958 times:
Quoting Swallow (Reply 1): Boeing 'bet the company' on the 707, 747 and now the 787
About the B787 ... they still are (betting the company). I think most people are silently watching the progress, expecting more delays.
Quoting Swallow (Reply 1): The D word [delay] is becoming synonymous with new aircraft programs.
It certainly seems like it's getting much harder to keep improving performance, not to mention all the new tech that's being introduced.
But Airbus now have the experience from the A380. It should/could help them to avoid delays on the A350.