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BBC World Service Airbus/Boeing Interviews

Sun Jul 09, 2006 3:45 pm

Peter Day of BBC 'Global Business' has put together a feature containing interviews he's had about the A380, the 787, hub-to-hub, point-to-point, etc. over the last few years, and brought it up to date (at least until last week).

It's a good chance to 'put voices to the names,' since among others he has interviewed Randy Baseler (pronounced 'Bazeler'), John Leahy (pronounced 'Layhee'), and even Richard Aboulafia (pronounced 'Demon King'  Smile).

I found it good value, hope others do too (click on 'AUDIO':-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/global_business.shtml
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RE: BBC World Service Airbus/Boeing Interviews

Sun Jul 09, 2006 4:06 pm

Thank you for the link, quite interesting.
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RE: BBC World Service Airbus/Boeing Interviews

Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:09 pm

Excellent program, thanx for the link NAV20.

I suggest all those A.netters who view Richard ("The Great Satan") Aboulafia as their sworn enemy, whose public utterances are not worthy of their attention, should invest the roughly 23 minutes of their time necessary to listen to this program in its entirety. They may be shocked by what they hear, particularly what he has to say about "launch aid" and the necessity of competition in the industry. IMO, Mr. Aboulafia comes-off as the most balanced of the "industry personalities" interviewed by Mr. Day of the BBC.

Admittedly, the naysayers will have to get past his comment early on in the program that: "arguably, the A380 is the worst example of group thinking in the aeronautical industry in decades." However, in the end, despite having a strong point of view which may in some aspects be in conflict with their own, some A.netters may discover, after listening to his comments in this program, that Mr. Aboulafia is indeed a lot more sensible and insightful than they thought beforehand. Certainly, they may no longer question why the media turns to Mr. Aboulafia for commentary on, and analysis of industry news.
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RE: BBC World Service Airbus/Boeing Interviews

Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:27 pm

Glad you both liked it, Planecrazy2, Leelaw. Nice contrast/inter-action between a BBC-style 'smoothie' and his equally-smooth American business counterparts.
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RE: BBC World Service Airbus/Boeing Interviews

Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:11 pm

Thanks for the link, NAV20. It was great!

Interestingly, Leahy mentions that the break even number for the A380 is around 250, not the 400+ that is being projected here on A.net.  Wink

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RE: BBC World Service Airbus/Boeing Interviews

Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:41 pm

Cheers, Tifoso.

I laughed outright at Baseler's answer about the huge difference between Boeing's estimate of the super-jumbo market and Airbus's. When the BBC guy said, "You can't both be right?" and Baseler replied, "Well, it's certainly not just a rounding error."
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