Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Why Couldn't the Wheels Fall Off?
Of course I would never want anything to happen that would cause loss of life, so don't be thinking that nonsense. I was at least hoping that the Airbus A380's maiden flight would have been plagued with problems so that it would get a bad reputation.
The European Union is touting this plane as their triumph over the United States and its companies such as Boeing and Lockheed. They think that the A380 is symbolic of Europe's ascention over American economic imperialism. It's representative of Europe's French-like misconception of greatness over the rest of the world.
This would explain why I was hoping the wheels would fall off or something of that nature. Nothing lost, nobody hurt, just a bad rep for the plane in the hopes that airlines would flock back to Boeing.
C'mon, maybe just one wheel at least? An engine? Something's gotta give. It was built in Europe.
posted by El Capitan at 7:15 AM
While an impressive flight...I'm choking on my words...the new Aribus is not a slam dunk. Aside from trying to fill the thing on economically viable routes, airports will also have to change gates to accommodate the behemoth...so, even though it flies, it may not fly. I honestly think they will have very difficult time making it pay.10:44 AM
One would hope so, but remember that the entire project is being subsidized via the EU. Any losses they take will be made up for 'for the good of Europe' as they would say.10:58 AM
It might be a techonological triumph for Europe, but it is so expensive produce and operate, that airlines are hesitating on purchasing them.4:10 PM
Emerites Airlines and Quantas have ordered a lot of 'em so far. If I'm correct, so has China. They are getting the orders in.4:46 PM