parapente wrote:One of the problems for EADS/Airbus is that it remain at heart a politically run enterprise rather than a commercial one.They tried to address the size differential between themselves and Boeing via the acquisition of BAE.The commercial deal was agreed and would have created an overall structure far closer to Boeing.However the Chancellor of Germany intervened and simply cancelled it.
Their hands are tied.This needs to change - but it won't as this is Europe not America.
As for automating and streamlining manufacturing methods in Toulouse.In France -are you kidding.Just take a look at what's going on there in their yellow vests.Not going to happen sadly.
Having governments have a significant ownership stake does create challenges. It is just another constraint that Airbus has to deal with. There are both pros and cons associated with it. I think so of the pros are harder to see. For example I would think that Airbus can strongly link to the best engineering talent coming from the education system.