We have heard lots of noise recently following A400M and B787 delays announcements (in forums, in the news, magazines, etc..) However, nothing really new !! i remember not too long ago the A380 , Eurofighter or worse.. the Nimrod !
I havent really seen any major AC program on time especially when these introduce either new technologies such as fly by wire, composites among others or new business models such as leveraging the role of suppliers into shared risk program, or the utilisation of multiple CAD/CAM software for the same AC and so on..
And I dont think we will be able to find more than 2 or 3 examples of civil AC delivered on time on quality on budget (maybe Falcon7X ?) and certainly none in the military world.
It is clear that Airbus and Boeing put lots of energy on changing that: they deploy new software, they launch Lots of new processes: Collaborative Design and Supply, Virtual Assembly, Lean Manufacturing, integrated planning ... But still we have seen recently on the B787 that "On time delivery" still fails and there is still a major impact for the manufacturer with penalties, cost explosion, stock drop ..
I am looking for your reaction on that subject and I am also trying to understand a couple of things like:
1- How much is the penalty given by customer to the manufacturer ? in civil/military
2-If this is not new for us, how does airbus' finance or boeing finance anticipate that ?
3-Is the same story going to repeat on the A350 ?!