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Originally posted by carcharodon
No Waynos CATIA didn't misbehave. Hamburg and Toulouse use different software that is not compatible with each other hence he problem. They are so nationalistic that they couldn't choose the same software package...
The A380 has always been a nationalistic project, never a commercial one.
Why not build the entire plane on the same site?
Originally posted by Rightist
There was. It has been announced by Airbus President Christian Streiff.
Neither has the B787, except that there have been so many orders for this plane that the investment has been repaid. You can't say that about Airbust.
Airbust's end is sure, they are not going to be trusted by customers if they delay the delivery of the A380 three times. Boeing has never done that.
In terms of the flying of the plane and the handling of it on the ground, again there is no problem as many of the myths that got built up have been smashed through actual testing, for instance it flies like a much smaller plane and is not a 'lumbering behemoth' as some would like to cast it. Its 'pavement loading' is actually LESS than a 747-400 because of its weight distribution through its 22 wheels, and concerns over handling it on the ground have been dispelled since a 180 degeee turn was accomplished in just 60 metres, thanks to its steerable rear fuselage axle. This figure compares to 59 metres for the much smaller A340.
Originally posted by waynos
Fred, another excellent and well reasoned post, thanks. I question your conclusion that Boeing 'won round one' with Emirates order though? No A380's were cancelled and it does look as if Emirates has proclaimed the A380 better for passengers and the 747-8 better for freight, if you want to look at it that way of course