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BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Fri Jan 06, 2006 9:34 am

http://www.forbes.com/markets/feeds/afx/2006/01/05/afx2430232.html

FRANKFURT (AFX) - Bayerische Motoren Werke AG is to design unspecified parts of Airbus's new wide-bodied A350 aircraft, Handelsblatt newspaper said in a report to be published tomorrow, citing a company spokesman.

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RE: BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Fri Jan 06, 2006 10:02 am

Hmmm, iDrive in the 350 cockpit. I guess that would give Airbus pilots something to do at last, like spending 12-14 hours reading through a 12 lb. manual to figure out how to turn the thing on. I always find it strange when great companies come out with really stupid stuff (like GM from 1968 onward).
 
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RE: BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Fri Jan 06, 2006 10:10 am

Quoting Wingman (Reply 1):
iDrive in the 350 cockpit. I guess that would give Airbus pilots something to do at last, like spending 12-14 hours reading through a 12 lb. manual to figure out how to turn the thing on.

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RE: BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Fri Jan 06, 2006 10:57 am

I hope there won't be too much drag on the A350's grille.
 
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RE: BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:32 pm

Maybe some kidney shaped intakes on the engines or kidney shaped windows!

As for i-drive, if they incorporate that into the IFE the safety demo will need to be followed by a 20 minute demo for women PAX  Wink My girlfriend still does not know how to use it properly in my car. Mind you I don't know how to properly use the oven at her place so...

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RE: BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:44 pm

So is this an admission by Daimler that BMW makes more comfortable cars?

 

Or is this a plot by Daimler keep BMW interior designers busy while they strike their blow in the car market?  scratchchin 

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RE: BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:47 pm

The A350 will probably handle really well on the taxiways, but the maintenance costs will be horrendous.  Smile
 
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RE: BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:02 pm

Quoting MasseyBrown (Reply 6):
The A350 will probably handle really well on the taxiways, but the maintenance costs will be horrendous.  

Right, they could advertise the plane this way:

"The new A350 - The fastest experience from gate to runway! The Ultimate Flying Machine. (TM)"  yes 
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RE: BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Fri Jan 06, 2006 9:45 pm

Great seats, but don't expect to find a place to put down your coffee cup! Flying is serious business, you see...  Smile
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RE: BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:19 am

The Spiegel says that it would be on interiors mostly.

http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,393721,00.html

(In German)

Quote:

Die BMW-Designer arbeiten der Zeitung zufolge an der Gestaltung einer Flugzeug-Kabine, die neue Maßstäbe im Passagierverkehr setzen und Fluggästen ab 2010 deutlich mehr Komfort bieten solle.

Rough translation:
According to the newspaper, the BMW designers will be working on the creation of an aircraft cabin, which will set new standards and offer passengers more comfort from 2010.

So more PR spin on how great things will be. But as with everything, seeing is believing!
 
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RE: BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:52 am

I guess BMW wants to get back to their roots. They originally got their start making airplane engines.
 
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RE: BMW To Design Parts Of Airbus A350 Model

Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:59 am

Quoting Letsgetwet (Reply 10):
I guess BMW wants to get back to their roots. They originally got their start making airplane engines.

Hence the "Motoren" in the BMW!
For a short while they were co-producing engines with RR (BR700) but were bought out by RR IIRC.