Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A Minor Flaw in Airbus's Jumbo Plan

Airbus endured another setback for its A380 Jumbo Jet. A test flight from Paris to Tunisia had to turn around and return to Paris after a minor, but unspecified, problem. You'll recall that production was delayed for months while various problems were sorted out--a source of frustration for the many international airlines who had pre-ordered the moving monstrosities. Although test flights regularly go awry, Airbus can't afford more bad publicity. That said, their sales are high vis-a-vis Boeing's. Should the jumbo jet get airborne, the company might enjoy a recrudescence.

10 Comments:

Blogger LaKisha said...

Really big planes are kind of scary. I mean, how does all the weight stay aflight?? And Ben, why are you awake and posting at 8:46 am? We ARE professional students afterall--at least we should get to sleep in. Were you doing yoga this morning?

12:48 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Haha, Kisha, you're imputing far too much studiousness to your lazy friend. I posted that at 8:46 west coast time--it was almost noon here. I'm headed to yoga in about an hour (6:30 P.M.). Hopefully it will put me to sleep.

2:12 PM  
Blogger LaKisha said...

BTW, I will be in town at the end of September.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

The burning question is...what is the flaw?

I like really big planes except when they approach the landing...they crawl through the air so slowly it IS had to imagine how they stay in the air.

3:51 PM  
Blogger LaKisha said...

And when they take off it feels like they are hardly moving.

(Hi Evan!!!)

4:48 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

Hi Kisha...a plug for my own blog...www.lifeinthefens.blogspot.com

6:28 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Kisha: Evan will also be in town towards the end of September. Maybe the three of us can upgrade from this virtual conversation to actual hanging out and catching up. I love big planes, especially in first class.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

what do big planes have to do with my visit at the end of September, unless you're suggesting that she would arrive to Virginia in a big plane?

OH...just noticed that Kisha will be there at the end of September.

8:36 PM  
Blogger LaKisha said...

The biggest plane I've been on had, if I remember correctly, 11 people per row. 3 on each side and 5 in the middle. I was in the middle and it started "raining" inside the plane. (They told us it was the air conditioner).

It looks like we will all be there at the same time! Can't wait to hang out.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

ben:

re: the first class comment.

you elitist! if only eric lott knew...

8:34 PM  

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