Too Many A380 Features Starting To Annoy Airbus Engineers
Smarty pants kids that dream of becoming aircraft engineers probably have blueprints for flying machines running through their imaginations. However, lacking from their vivid schematics are the plans for in-flight bathrooms, lounges, and sleeper suites. Now that the Airbus A380 is flying around the globe, the airline experience has been so much more, but thatís not something the now grown-up engineers are pleased about.
All these additional customizations that companies like Singapore Airlines and Air France just had to have cause delays, order deferrals, and budgets to go right out the window. It seems that the more airlines want out of the plane, the longer it takes for Airbus to deliver the goods. Thatís bad for both the airlines with orders and the airlines without, as itís slowing down the whole delivery and sales process. Airbus wanted to ship 13 planes by the end of the year; so far theyíve only pushed seven birds out of the nest.
For now it seems like Airbus just wants to do some complaining, and the company is not really offering any solutions. If youíve got the cash theyíll gladly equip your jumbo jet with anything you want; however, youíll have to get in line since the planes are on backorder. They just didnít realize that if in-flight showers were an option that everyone would definitely want one in their plane.
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