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History Of Boeing And Airbus Delays?  
User currently offlineStickers From South Africa, joined Sep 2007, 105 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3534 times:

There was a thread earlier in which Leahy said he could be shot if they did not learn from A380 and 787 mistakes and get the A350 to customers on schedule. (My quick summary)

What i want to know, is ...were there not these types of delays before on other aircraft series? Did all the Airbus variants eg. the A320 30 40 etc. all have a perfect and on time first flight and EIS?
Did the 727 737 747 757 767 777 with all their varients have perfectly smooth paths into service?

I suspect they didn't, and while i understand that the A380, and 787 are far more sophisticated and break new ground, each new line did the same in its day. Each new series was a huge improvememnt in technology and flight systems.
What have A & B learnt from past delays and mistakes, or if it was on time, what did they do right? Have they repeated the past, good or bad and is there any hope that A350 will have an on time EIS and Mr Leahy won't have to face the firing squad?

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User currently offlineTrystero From Portugal, joined Oct 2008, 251 posts, RR: 0
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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 34067 posts, RR: 85
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3379 times:
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I know the 747-400's first flight was delayed - ironically enough, also due to severe internal wiring issues.

The 747-100 had at least late deliveries to customers due to issue with the P&W powerplant not being ready.

The A380-800's first flight was also months later than originally scheduled, in addition to the delays in customer deliveries.

The 777-200LR is years late to the market (she was to EIS concurrently with the 777-300ER), but that is because development on her was stopped around 2001 due to lack of customer interest.

I'm sure there are other examples.

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