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Old 29th May 2012, 13:47
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Looking beyond the courage of Ender's remarks, things look worse than thought. It can be said that the culture at Airbus has been less than forthcoming, so as well as refreshing, the comments speak to the gravity of the situation. For eighteen months, a/c will be completed with materials that will fail, and involve serious downtime and cost that is staggering in their repair. Meanwhile, a/c fly with fractured ribs, looking at several milions in repair sooner or later.

Boeing is not immune; the storied delays may in the long run be a saving grace. However, a giant leap into new and untested technology (tested in long term).

In the case of the three-eighty, an ironic failure, naturally in pursuit of profit. Eventually a/c will fly as anorexic hangar queens? Light, Strong.........and Durable?
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