Dear Hemlet69, yes, you are right, some of the confusion is really as simple as an "Airbus webmaster fault".
And yes, the word "lemon" can maybe be used on early examples of every aircraft type. But the exact meaning of that word is maybe a little too tough. By your definition we will have to put the lemon tag on every single MD
-11 even if they are fine aircrafts which have done a good job for a long time and will continue for decades to do so to the joy of passengers, airline bean counter, and in its later days and the next few decades mostly to cargo airlines.
It ain't easy to produce successful airliners, and especially not large ones. We have seen that on especially the Lockheed C-5A
which began to crack much too early are had to be considerably rebuilt at an age (hour count) when a commercial airliner would be considered almost new. The B747 airframe was probably a lot more successful, but was hampered terribly by engine troubles. I remember reading in the 70'es that SAS told that the overall seat/mile cost was considerably lower on a DC-8 than on their B747-100. That didn't prevent the 747 to develop into a successful workhorse.
Hardly one single large airliner hasn't suffered tough teething problems. The most successful large airframe was maybe the first to go out of production, the Lockheed Tristar. But then they got years extra to work it all over in all details while waiting for the RB
-211 to run. While at the same time the competitors stole the market.
That's what makes exactly this period of the A380 development so fascinating. There will be setbacks. And hopefully also reasons for celebrations.
The major point in my former post was that we should not jump into the sky at every A380 success, neither should we shout "foul" every time there is a setback. We will have to wait and see.
And on the other hand, even if the 9 tons "overweight" are real, and it is a "surprise" in Toulouse, then it will rock the numbers, but it won't change the fact that it still leaves room for a vast performance advantage over the present competition.
And it will not rock one inch on the numbers related to airport slot constraints, which is the major figure it was designed to fight. A fight which hopefully will get much tougher in the years to come as traffic increases.