posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 03:15 PM
Maintenance view "Airbus vs Boeing"!
Well I work on both brands ( had even russian aircraft in my CV ) and I can say that:
1.Very friendly maintenance manuals with Airbus - AIRNAV System, I'm sure yor son will work with it within 15 min!
1.Unfriendly maintenance manuals I would say - Your son will manage to work with Boeing manuals when he gets 20 ( still need 2 years of experience
2.Maintenance itself – Very Good level, easy tasks, maintenance friendly, sophisticated computer based troubleshooting plus lot of test
2.Maintenance – Relatively good, still in progress.( Example - panel with sizes 1 sq m will be fitted from Boeing with 60 screws - for same panel
Airbus use 16 screws ).
3.Technology progress – We’re in 21 century for sure, no doubt!
3.Technology – We’re somewhere in the middle of 19 to 21 century. You see same components on B727,B737 and now B737 NG ( specially for NG I was
amazed to see a mechanical rotary switch, similar I saw first on radio receiver produced in early 50’s to switch the frequencies – believe me or
not – it’s there on B737 Next Gen ).
4.Avionics – Good try, still not very sure how to use all this computers
4.Avionics – More conservative, but better reliability I think
5.Design – I know it’s a bit personal, my hit is for Airbus
5.Design – Again I’ll say conservative and somehow military ( saying military I mean that difference that you feel when you get into military
truck ( Boeing) and civil one (Airbus). You need only to see how cockpit window handle hits the dashboard on its way to close and you’ll get an idea
what I mean – stone age design, not a single thought put over ).
6.Systems on board – Almost same as Boeing ones, Airbus know-how needs more time to clean and improve itself from its beginning period.
6.Systems are just a bit improved from previous edition so they are reliable and good performed.
Finally a passenger view best aircrafts are:
1 Speed – Russian Tupolev, Iliushin nearby 1 Mach
2 Air inside the cabin – again Russian Tupolev, Iliushin ( you don’t need to breath same air 3 times before it is replaced )
3 Comfort in ridding - Russian Tupolev, Iliushin ( flexible wings design, simple example Tupolev 154 ( about 160 passengers ) wings waving in its tip
about 1 meter up and same amount down – turbulence is very hard to be felt + it is very heavy, about 20 tons more than same Boeing and Airbus which
makes it very stable – like big heavy cars, you know the difference).
4 Economy – Airbus and Boeing simultaneously
5 Price – Boeing has better prices I think ( for spare parts Airbus for sure is the expensive one ).