Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Airbus A380 Completes Maiden Flight




Airbus' double-decker, 555-passenger (with capacity for 800 passengers) successfully completed its maiden flight this morning.

7 Comments:

At 9:13 AM, Blogger e.gage said...

And not a single U.S. passenger airline has one ordered...

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger j.m. said...

It's because Airbus is owned by a company by the name of EADS. EADS is based in France. Who wants to purchase a big-@ss plane that comes from France!? No one. That's who.

(note: I recently finished a semester study of Boeing which included studying their competition. Airbus is their biggest competitor)

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Do you really think that our near-bankrupt airlines could afford such a beast? Why would they want one? Could they routinely fill it? Or would it be flying around half empty most of the time?

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger Tyler said...

Actually, it's Airbus's safety record that worries me. They had been doing well lately, but they have a recent spurt of dramatic rudder and flap failures due to the composite parts cracking. Some believe that is the cause of the plane crash in New York City in October of 2001.

And this plane makes extensive use of composites.

Nate - as I understand it, the main use of this plane would be in transcontinental and transoceanic service, not domestic. That really plays to this plane's strengths - minimizing the cost per passenger. One plane can take two current planeloads of passengers on what are the most expensive fights to operate.

And in freight sevice, this plane can be very successful. UPS has 10 on order already.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Charley Foster said...

Can you imagine how long it will take to get off the stupid thing? You're sitting in the back. It lands. And 800 people s-l-o-w-l-y get up to open the overhead compartments and s-l-o-w-l-y start pulling down their Tumi roll 0ns.

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

I think the airlines need to be thinking about ways to make more smaller planes that fly to more direct locations rather than really big planes that go only where the airlines will allow you to go.

With the trend in manufacturing going to smaller, more flexible factories and equipment I'm surprised the airlines are so far behind the times. A lot of businesses- the major purchasers of airline tickets- would pay more per ticket if they could get the person to his destination faster and thus save money on hotels, car rentals, food and wages. Not to mention the time and moral it saves.

 
At 11:01 PM, Blogger e.gage said...

pretty plane :)

 

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