Skip to comments.How Boeing Lured Airbus Into Now-Busted A380
Posted on 02/24/2019 4:07:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv
It's an outcome that rival Boeing anticipated about 25 years ago when it outplayed Airbus with a brilliant bit of judo strategy (using Airbus's strength against itself), according to my 2008 book, You Can't Order Change: Lessons from Jim McNerney's Turnaround at Boeing... As the Journal reported, in 2000, Airbus bet over $10 billion on the 555-seat A380 because it wanted to replace Boeing's 50 year old 747 jumbo jet. The A380 went over budget due to development delays and while passengers liked the plane, airlines preferred Boeing's 787 Dreamliner or Airbus's A350... This A380 denouement was envisioned by Boeing's former CEO, James McNerney... he saw that mid-sized planes in the point-to-point airline segment -- pioneered by airlines like Southwest -- would be more profitable than the long-range, hub-segment which flew passengers to big airports and let them sit for hours waiting for their connecting flights...
Boeing was considering whether to develop a "growth version" of the 747... to 500 seats from 420 seats... Boeing proposed to Airbus that the two companies conduct a joint study to assess the market potential for a replacement version of the 747. Why Airbus agreed to this joint study is not clear... In any event, at the end of the joint study, Boeing concluded that the super jumbo market would be far smaller than Airbus did. According to John Walsh, of Walsh Aviation, an aerospace consulting firm, Boeing estimated that demand for super jumbo aircraft would amount to 250 units while Airbus thought the market would total 1,000. At McNerney's urging, Boeing remained focused on market for intermediate-sized jets, which proved to be the better bet... Boeing believed that Airbus's internal conflicts would slow down its response to Boeing's success with the 787 in the mid-range market.
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Jan 19, 2019 at 8:02PM:
Regardless of the economics, I’ll miss the A380 once it’s gone - one of the quietest planes I’ve been on.
The Airbus was created for a hub system that is collapsing. Yes, for that UAE airlines the hub system works really well and simply as an accident of geography and some wise investment it will continue to work for them right up unit the Tribulation/Great Tribulation is underway.
The collapse of the hub system is inherently one caused by the fact that two engine planes can now service routes for what used to require (practically, not just legally) more engines.
Moreover, Airbus though was doomed because it was not designed to be from the start a cargo hauler the way the 747 was. It could have been a magnificent cargo hauler. But it’s not. The 747 as a sky truck will be nearly immortal as planes go the way the B52 has been.
It will also be in my book, "Astonishing Tales of the Sky."
I was on a 12-hour flight from Frankfurt to Johannesburg aboard a Lufthansa A380. It was the worst flight of my life. Every seat was full. I was super cramped with no leg room. The in-flight movie/TV selections were also awful. I’m sure the Emirates A380 flights are much better.
I bought that book Gone With The Wind because I thought it was about airplane gliders.
You just cant judge a book with two in the bush.....or something.
Which is why you never put all your books in one basket.
Very few airlines need a long haul jet... the market is very small.
The A380 is a very good long distance jet but not many people fly 12 to 14 hours non stop to a destination.
Of course you can't order change. What would you pay with? Hot dogs? That's backwards.
I went to a Buddhist Learjet maker and said "Make me one with everything." He said "That will be $19 million." I gave him a $20 million bill and he said thanks. I said "Where's my change?" He said "Change must come from within."
I looked inside and there was a million in change.
You and I think alike!
You should probably be really worried about that, though.
...I bought that book Gone With The Wind because I thought it was about airplane gliders.
...You just cant judge a book with two in the bush.....or something
Thats about The stupidest thing I ever hear
I requires great talent to sound that... whatever
My hat off to you
The Boeing managers who chose to not go double decker were standing on Joe Sutter's incisive and brave shoulders.
” but not many people fly 12 to 14 hours non stop to a destination.”
That seems to be coming more common-—several family members have done it several times,and these were not business trips.
Youre probably a Zen Master, arent you?
I tried to do that medication once. You know, where you sit cross legged and hum Stairway To Heaven, but I fell asleep.
“not designed to be from the start a cargo hauler the way the 747 was”
Why is the A380 difficult to convert to a cargo plane?
With the 380 out of the way, there is talk here (Seattle area) of an updated 747 making a comeback should the need arise. Airports are already congigured for it (35+ years ago)
“Very few airlines need a long haul jet... the market is very small.”
I know little about airlines but remember an airline executive saying that a surefire way to ruin an airline is to buy planes that are too large.
Acess no big doors
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