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Originally posted by Off_The_Street
I would so love to get into this conversation, but I don't think I will.
Having worked first hand on products for the RR engines on this plane I am proud it is getting ready to fly. But at the same time I doubt it is going to be very popular. But as with all planes you never know until you try something out, and this may be the 21st century 747 (I know the 747 is as popular as ever). I am waiting to see if it is going to perform the way the computer say. If it doesn't, Airbus is going to take a real punch to the gut. I wonder if they solved all of the weight issues they were having.
Hey, what do you guys feel about such a big airliner? I just think that it’s so big that with current materials that it might have structural problems... And if a crash where to happen on a fully loaded flight be it shot down, impact, or system failure it would devastate the company.
And I don’t think that Airbus would take that big of a hit if it doesn’t make it off the ground as it is funded far better then it should be.
I was a bit skeptical of the huge fan low thrust theory, but it seems to be paying off for fuel efficiancy and reliability, and that is good news for the consumer.
todays materials can easily keep something as big as the A-380 from falling apart. and if it were shot down or hijacked to hit the ground or a building virtually no fault will lie on Airbuses shoulders.
Originally posted by AceOfBase
It looks nice.
It's not as big as I imagined it to be.
Originally posted by b777pilot
But I do love the A340...thats a beautiful plane and Im quite excited to see this giant take to the skies soon!
The A380 is either going to make or break Airbus....when Boeing came up with the 747 they bet the whole company on it and much is the case with Airbus Industrie.
somebody meantioned in a earlier post....yea the A340 dose have a window in the lavatory....makes quite an interesting trip to the lav!
Originally posted by Kriskaos
I recently flew in a A318 and let me tell you it is roomy for a small jet. Also it has a huge LCD touch screen for the cabin crew to control all the lights and everything.