posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 12:43 PM
I will put it like this, the A300,310, and 320 I have worked on. None of these aircraft were a joy. Each one had its own little problems, usually in
part to not being able to do things that airbus says you can do. This is a common problem in the whole industry but seems to be beyond average with an
airbus. So if this company keeps up there ways it should be just the same. I have seen brand new a300s come in with the wrong landing gear on the
aircraft and have to be grounded till there techs come out and refit and install the proper gear.I Have yet come across a boeing with this problem.
And why is it that there are more B737s flying in the air than any other commercial aircraft. And yes I know the A380 is made for the long haul, but
look who its first customer is singapore air, they cant even fill a 747 rather an A380. thats why you dont see any american companies ordering this
aircraft yet. To fill that many seats and make the aircraft cost effctive is going to be hard. Companies can save exspenses using other aircraft for
the long distance flight such as a 767,777,MD11,A300,A310, etc...
I am not totally against airbus, the company has great ambitions and is doing much better these days than Boeing. Just because they sell more planes
now does not mean they have a favored product. Corporate loves them because of the marketing, but get down into maintenance and see which aircraft is
a better quality machine, Boeing wins by a long shot. You dont see many 30 year old airbuses flying anymore, but you sure do see boeing and douglas. I
worked on a maintenance line for a good time that did heavy checks on DC-8s yes still flying, designed in the fiftys and still flying today. You dont
see them as a passenger plane but they sure haul mail very good. I dont think the best made airbus or boeing will ever be able to do this, but this is
a plane i always think about when it comes to flying, it does it well and it shows how good engineering can make something last a lifetime. I just
wish aircraft can be designed like this still but companies like to cut edges and in the end you spend millions of dollars on something that probably
wont last the amount of time it should. I am not here to bash companies but I have to stand up for boeing they have been doing it for a long time and
they do it right.