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Airbus announces new delays for the world's largest airliner

Airbus has announced new delays for its massive A380 superjumbo jet. The French company reported today that it is having continued problems with wiring installations. The troubled program has already been plagued by two previous delays and this latest hitch could set back deliveries by another six months.

The $300 million USD Airbus A380, which is the biggest airliner ever built, has a three-class seating capacity of 555 people and can carry a maximum of 800 in all-economy class seating. Airbus has already received orders from Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, FedEx and UPS. Reuters reports:

The 12-billion-euro ($15 billion) programme to produce a new class of mammoth plane has already been hit twice by problems in fitting each jet's 500 km (300 miles) of wiring, culminating in a 2 billion euro profit warning and management shake-up in June…Assembly workers in Toulouse, southern France, have been bogged down for a year in airlines' request for special cabin features and frills that affect each plane's wiring layout.

Shares of EADS, the parent company of Airbus, were down 3.9% on news of the announcement. Shares of EADS are down a total of 30% for the year as it recovers from setbacks caused by an A350 engine redesign and impending competition from Boeing's stretched 747-8 and yet to be released 787 Dreamliner.

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RE: Good for USA + Boeing
By rushfan2006 on 9/21/2006 4:51:38 PM , Rating: 4
I never liked flying and the thought of one of those 900 passenger planes sounds terrible. Imagine having to wait while 850 people have to get their bags out of the overhead compartment before you can get out, or the massive lines while boarding.

I believe the max capacity is 800, not 900..and that 800 is reached only if its all econo class seating; which for the price tag of this craft wouldn't make a lot of business sense in terms of profits so I'd think an all econo class version would be few and far between. Probably closer to the 550-600 range to fit in the money making business class and the money raping first class seatings.

Your point is still valid though...which is that's a lot of damn people.

I believe they'd handle it with multi-level terminals, which would be common sense, that would virtually make the amount of people boarding/leaving each level about the same as a "normal" 200 seater (sorry the class of plane slipped my mind there).

As for the baggage question another person raises....actually I see zero problem there, they actually DO have a system for keeping track of backs on multi-level planes already. Remember for decades there have been commercial multi-level jets in service at international airports. So I'd just imagine they'd use the same system for those planes in this case as well.

Finally, I love flying, even after 911 - statistically its the safest way to travel long far. And besides, in a car/train/bus you have a greater chance of surviving a horrible wreck and having to live with excruciating pain or paralysis, etc.. then in a least in a plane if you crash into a mountain at 500 mph or fall to the ground from 42,000 feet...chances are good you ain't feeling a damn thing.

RE: Good for USA + Boeing
By noxipoo on 9/21/2006 6:13:54 PM , Rating: 2
yeah but that minute of your life spent crashing to earth sure as hell sounds painful, hehe.

RE: Good for USA + Boeing
By masher2 on 9/22/2006 11:50:37 AM , Rating: 1
One minute? When KAL Flight 007 was shot down, the plane tumbled over 12 minutes before hitting the ocean. I'll take a train crash over that any day...

RE: Good for USA + Boeing
By Kuroyama on 9/22/2006 12:47:17 PM , Rating: 1
Welcome back masher2 (where have you been this last month?). That 12 minute figure is just scary. I would not want to spend 12 minutes in the process of dieing. However, I suppose once the bomb went off at say 35000 feet the passengers probably all froze or suffocated within a short time.

RE: Good for USA + Boeing
By masher2 on 9/22/2006 3:41:52 PM , Rating: 1
Thanks...I was on vacation for a couple weeks, and have been pretty much snowed under work-wise since I got back.

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