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At an industry conference in Kuala Lumpur, Emirates Airlines President Tim Clark said the Dubai-based company has a fleet of 29 A330-200 planes that have been flying since 1998.
"It is a very robust airplane. It has been flying for many years, clocking hundreds of millions of hours and there is absolutely no reason why there should be any question over this plane. It is one of the best flying today," he said.
Airbus is a subsidary of EADS not a 'jet'.
Airbus is by far one of the most poorly constructed commercial jets today.
From the get go,(first maiden flight),which ended in catastrophic failure.
.A touch and no go,so to speak.
170 knots into the woods.
The pilot being the fall guy,convicted of a crime,when in reality,there was no response to the throttles.Remember this is a fly by wire aircraft.
After 9-11, Nov. 12,2001 an A-300 goes down in Belle Harbor , New York , this time due to pilot error based on too much rudder input,which than tragically tore off the the tail section,(Modern Carbon Fiber).
Also, for airliners, certification requirements require that the rudder can be fully-deflected below maneuvering speed, BUT ONLY IF THE PLANE IS NOT IN A SIDESLIP OF ANY SORT!
And now we find that similar tail section floating in the Atlantic,after another Airbus flies into a thunder storm?!
They are the safest Jets on the planet.Hogwash !!!!
Poor fit and finish.
After take off and climb out,the hydraulic systems slam and bang,
both flaps and landing gear.
As any mechanic would tell you this slamming and banging would lead to excesive wear and premature failure.If this is going on with the flaps and landing gear,one could only assume that the rudder, (Tail Assembly) is also being worn also.
Upon approach to airport,the same thing,flaps out slam bang,wheels down,slam bang,what a piece of junk.
As we flew over the approach lamps the jet suddenly pitched 35 degrees starboard and I saw the wing tip come within feet of those lamps.
Of course I must thank the pilot for his skill,but it seems the software for this jet still has some glitches which still need to be debugged.
How these jets ever became certified is beyond me.
Which is what you should do if you find yourself ready to board one of these death traps.
I simply stated that Airbus makes very poorly constructed aircraf/
Let's look at the very first commercial jet built by Boeing.The dash-80,or more commonly known as the 707.
On one of it's maiden flights,I believe roll out it even did a barrel roll for the crowd.It's on you tube if you care to watch.
It flew for 5 years in commercial service before it's first crash.Not a bad record if compared to Airbus which has had accidents,during development,and continuing in commercial service.
They never have really fixed all the glitches in their software.
As I mentioned from first hand experience the Airbus has the worst design hydraulics I have ever encountered.
I have seen better designs on John Deer Tractors
If you look through accident reports Airbus has quite a few of locked landing gear,stuck gear,and by the way braking problems too boot.
Ask anyone who has flown on a Airbus,and a Boeing which plane the would prefer.Airbus just doesn't make the grade.
If and when they find those black box's 10 to 1 it will be blamed on pilot error which lead to the plane being torn apart in mid air.
The pitot tube giving false information to the flight computer,will of course be over looked.
Again bad design being left alone to cause death and destruction.