ARTICLE: Time flies
The occasion of the one year anniversary of the certification of the B-787, as noted in the attached page from Randy’s Journal, is a reason to pause and reflect on this beautiful, innovative airliner. Boeing basically bet that passengers no longer preferred to fly to a major hub in order to travel to distant points of commercial interest or vacation pleasure. In order to meet this forecast of demand in long, yet relatively thin markets, the aircraft designers in Seattle had to radically alter the performance values of this new plane. This strategic design challenge was more than met and the result was the above pictured plane.
The team of designers in Toulouse was given a different target for their aircraft assignment. Airbus’ vision was of a plane that would be able to carry more passengers on a single, incredibly efficient plane and viola, their engineers created the A380, certificated by EASA in 2006.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
- Which world view do you believe was correct?
- Is it too early to tell?
- Maybe there is room in the world market for both? It’s not a zero sum game?
- Does the recent EASA review of the A380 wing cracks worry you?
- What do you make of the NTSB’s investigation of the B-787’s Trent 1000 failure?
- Did either certification process cause you any concerns?
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