First of all, hopefully the network administrator will not eliminate this post like he did my last one on this thread. If the administrator does not like what I say, I would suggest that he or she respond to my post and not eliminate it.
Now to business. On your comments regarding why US Airways bought Airbus. The biggest reasons were:
1) Airbus would be able to deliver the product a full one to two years earlier since AA, DL and CO had just placed huge orders with Boeing, and
2) Airbus was feeling "locked-out" of the market and offered the planes at 50 cents on the dollar. [That discount would help offset the costs of fleet conversion which are substantial.]
It was "Economics 101" pure and simple. Similar to the reasons United went to the A320 to begin with. For United in the 80s, the A320 offered more range (it no longer does), was available quicker and United got a very good price. In both cases, Mr. Wolfe had to answer to the shareholders [UAL was not employee owned at that time], so he was forced the make the decision on economics and not on who he likes or doesn't like to deal with. Boeing supporters need to keep that in mind the next time they whine that "Wolfe hates Boeing." Need to remember that while at United, Wolfe was a big booster of the 777 program. In the competitive US environment, any carrier that makes such major decisions such as aircraft purchases on the basis of anything other than economics will be out of business fast.
As to quality control, I fly US Airways weekly and in talking to the pilots, I am told that the quality control on the A319/320 line as received so far has been very good and is about equal (no better or worse) to that of the last of the 737s and 757s that they received several years ago. In the long run, the same pilots tell me that the Boeing products generally have longer lives and will take more punishment.
On a flight last summer, one pilot told me that the best analogy was to say that the Airbus planes were like Alfa Romeos while the Boeing planes were like Volvos. The Airbus was more sexy, used the latest technology but needed more attention (maintenance) while the Boeing was a little more conservative in style and technology and required less attention (maintenance). He considered both to be very good airplanes and had favorites on both lines.
It is obvious from your posts here and on other topics that you don't like Boeing. That is fine, I happen to like both and believe that competition gives us a better product out of both companies. In the future, however, please base your posts on facts and not rumors, urban legends and personal opinion.