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A380 Delays To Stretch Over "Several Years"

Wed Jun 15, 2005 2:22 pm

It sounds like Airbus' ability to increase A380 production early on is limited, so it will take a while to catch up with the 6-month delay. It will be interesting to see if Boeing is successful increasing their 787 production rate. Just goes to show how complex the logistics in commercial jet production are becoming.

(My apologies if this has already been posted, I've just gotten over a major network problem.)


LE BOURGET, France -- Airbus will take "several years" to meet the delivery schedule it originally laid out for its giant A380 airplane after delays resulting from wiring and weight issues, the company's chief operating officer said yesterday.

"The delays will run over a couple of years," Gustav Humbert, Airbus chief operating officer, said at a Paris Air Show briefing yesterday.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/228503_airbus15.html


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RE: A380 Delays To Stretch Over "Several Years"

Wed Jun 15, 2005 2:31 pm

A couple is 2, several is more than 2, even in French. I assume both were a quote from the same man. Bizarre.

But I don't believe that at this late date speeding up the line is easy because suppliers are not prepared for that. Nor is the current order sheet one that could justify the expense.

For the 787, it's 2 years further away, and they can prepare suppliers to build larger fabs, etc. way beforehand if they increase long term production estimates for the plane.

But even then, those plans could get screwed up if something major goes wrong during later design or testing, or during interior fabrication, etc. and they could be in the same boat as Airbus with the A380.
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RE: A380 Delays To Stretch Over "Several Years"

Wed Jun 15, 2005 3:19 pm

Quoting B2707SST (Thread starter):
For the 787, it's 2 years further away, and they can prepare suppliers to build larger fabs, etc. way beforehand if they increase long term production estimates for the plane

Yes, but maybe the problems shows later in the program. Then what?


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RE: A380 Delays To Stretch Over "Several Years"

Wed Jun 15, 2005 4:10 pm

What's causing the delay, I don't get it, does it simply take longer to build a production unit than the stress and flight tested airframes? I could see how a crew of folks lifting hundreds of seats and taking them inside to be fit by others just to go back outside to pick up another could take a while.  Wink

For some reason, I always thought the frame was constructed in one place then towed to another hanger to get fitted with interior stuff and to another to be painted. Or is everything, including engine fitting done in one sitting? So ther would be rows and rows of airplanes being built as once? So if they run into a problem with one, is it likely on all of them within a few days of each other?
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RE: A380 Delays To Stretch Over "Several Years"

Wed Jun 15, 2005 4:18 pm

Quoting Maersk737 (Reply 2):
Quoting B2707SST (Thread starter):
For the 787, it's 2 years further away, and they can prepare suppliers to build larger fabs, etc. way beforehand if they increase long term production estimates for the plane

Yes, but maybe the problems shows later in the program. Then what?

It was Ikramerica who stated that, not B2707SST to answer ya question, read below.

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 1):
But even then, those plans could get screwed up if something major goes wrong during later design or testing, or during interior fabrication, etc. and they could be in the same boat as Airbus with the A380.
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RE: A380 Delays To Stretch Over "Several Years"

Wed Jun 15, 2005 5:06 pm

Thanks BigB.

Totally wrong quotation
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