|Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 72):|
But considering where the plane is (at an Airbus facility) I would assume that it is fixable by replacing the entire front section ahead of the wingbox with new parts. And even if the left wing needs to be replaced as well, there is no way that would cost more than replacing an entire plane. Further, Airbus would be repairing it at their cost, versus an after EIS incident, where there are middle men and markups and repair facilities involved. The cost to Airbus to fix this plane are much lower than the cost to IB to fix their plane most likely (and that's if they could even do it, which they can't).
The problem is, where and when would Airbus do it?
They would have to:
1. Get the aircraft into a bay
2. Strip the airframe of any volatiles
3. Strip any salvageable parts from the damaged sections
4. Remove the control systems, wiring and other things that would bridge fuselage sections
5. Remove the damaged sections
6. Replace the front section with new
7. Replace wings with new
8. Repair tail, landing gear and other items which could be replaced
9. Replace internals with salvaged or new
11. Refit cabin
Fair enough, it may not cost as much as a new aircraft in monetary terms, but while they are doing that they aren't working on a new aircraft for someone else - that's a production series number that gets bumped to repair this one.
Also the parts we are talking about here are not short term order parts - they have fairly long lead times, which means either this repair doesn't get done for a while or they bump another airframe for its parts...
I just don't see it happening unfortunately :/