Even if this turns out to be a quick fix it is going to hurt sales. Super jumbo jets are very expensive assets. And having them parked on the runway earning nothing while having to pay the finance charges can bankrupt an airline. And the two big US airlines are already in bankruptcy.
Airbus needs to keep their reputation good. The A-380 is a big ticket item. There was an old joke in the computer industry that nobody ever go fired for buying IBM. The same is true in the aircraft industry, buying Boeing is playing it safe. To encourage risk taking you need to demonstrate quality. Airbus needs to demonstrate that they take this problem seriously. If it looks like they are covering it up, they are going to lose sales. Just look at what happened to McDonald Douglas when the DC-10 got a reputation as a dog.
posted on 01/09/2012 8:36:31 AM PST
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“Just look at what happened to McDonald Douglas when the DC-10 got a reputation as a dog. “
The DC-10 began to go downhill when one dropped an engine in Chicago on takeoff and crashed. Then they had the Kansas City crash where the tail engine blew up and severed most of the flight controls. It landed in a manner of speaking but a number of the passengers were killed. Like someone else posted, stick with Boeing.
posted on 01/09/2012 10:39:36 AM PST
" Even if this turns out to be a quick fix it is going to hurt sales "
Yes, a big public relations problem and will hurt sales even if it's a simple fix, unless it's a wing spar, wing root, or wing box crack.
Did they use a known aluminum alloy to machine faster and save cost and time ? who knows.
Will this hurt their sales, perhaps, and maybe the 747-8I will benefit from this in the short term with some airlines who were getting ready to order some A-380s, or airlines who were just getting in the market to buy some new planes.
Perhaps with this A-380 problem with the wings, and yes folks, this is what the public will see in this problem inspite of the engineers explaining the situation, the public will see and think " the Airbus A-380 has major problems with the wings, ain't going to fly on that plane " ...
Yes, perhaps ? might see a spike in sales for the 747-8I in the short term because those airlines will still have to find planes.
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