|Quoting FD728 (Reply 47):|
About the A350: it indeed would be wise to postpone it until the A380-issues are sorted out. They need to bundle their engineering power. Besides, the A330 is still selling.
|Quoting Baroque (Reply 48):|
had just absorbed from Nav20 that B>>>A in widebodies (fair enough) and that the A32x is dominated by the B737 (???)
In fact, to my mind, the most serious problem facing Airbus is NOT the difficulties with the A380 but the fact that sales of ALL their models - not just the A380 - are virtually stalled:-
1. Total sales of the A330 in 2006 stand at 20. In the same period, Boeing have sold 141 X 787 and 20 X 777.
2. Total 2006 sales of the A320 are 100; against Boeing's sales of 539 X 737s.
This trend set in early in the year - even before the June share collapse and has persisted for several months. It appears therefore to be structural, not frictional in nature.
Airbus have a backlog amounting to about two years of widebody porduction and four years worth of single-aisle production. The present intention is to use most of the company's limited resources until 2010 on sorting out the A380 and getting it into volume production.
In my view the proper use of those resources would be trying to restore Airbus' competitiveness in the single-aisle and midsize sectors. Not continuing the 'rescue mission' for the A380.