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A380 wiring problems resolved: Airbus

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:29 am    Post subject: A380 wiring problems resolved: Airbus Reply with quote

Hamburg, Jan 20 (DPA) European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Saturday it had resolved problems with the electric wiring that had led to delays in deliveries of its A380 superjumbo.

Engineers at the planemaker's German plant here had worked extra shifts to carry out a complete overhaul of the wiring system, company spokesman Rolf Brandt said.

Tests had shown that all the components were functioning properly, he said.

'That was an important step to make up for lost ground,' Brandt said, adding that the first of the double-decker jets would be handed over to Singapore Airlines in October.

Problems with the electric wiring led to delays of up to two years in the flagship jumbo project, prompting Airbus' parent company EADS to issue a 4.8 billion-euros ($6.2 billion) profit warning.

Following five consecutive years as the world's number one, Airbus fell behind its American arch-rival Boeing in 2006 in the number of planes ordered.

With 790 firm orders last year, Airbus trailed well behind Boeing, which announced 1,044 firm net orders for 2006, Airbus chief executive Louis Gallois said in Paris Wednesday.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wiring Fixed For First A380 Only - Airbus

January 26, 2007

Airbus on Friday toned down expectations of an immediate solution to the technical glitches which delayed its A380 superjumbo project, saying wiring problems had been solved for the first aircraft only.

A German news report last week said that Airbus had solved the wiring installation problems, which delayed A380 deliveries by an average two years and drove the planemaker into the red.

Aviation watchers and some investors cheered the report, saying it closed the worst chapter in Airbus's 30 year history.

Gerhard Puttfarcken, head of Airbus's German operations, said Airbus had passed a key milestone in completing wiring for the first A380 to be delivered to Singapore Airlines in October and handling the transition to cabin installation.

But work was still going on to solve the long-term issues.

Airbus expects to start building a common design platform in the summer between its main French and German plants. It will be fully operational from the production of the 26th plane onwards.

"We are creating the conditions so that in future there will be one common platform from all the sites," Puttfarcken told a briefing for French journalists when asked to clarify the report.

EADS subsidiary Airbus has 16 sites in four countries including seven in Germany.

Engineers found last year that wiring designed in Hamburg could not be fitted into A380s on the assembly line in Toulouse.

Experts blamed Airbus's failure to introduce sophisticated 3D design tools in Hamburg at the same time as Toulouse.

That in part reflected the four nation planemaker's incomplete integration, according to a diagnosis carried out by outside industrialist Christian Streiff, who served briefly as Airbus CEO last year and launched its Power8 restructuring plan.

The A380 backlogs cost the Airbus parent some EUR5 billion euros (USD$6.45 billion) in sacrificed profits over four years and triggered a political storm in both France and Germany, where most of Airbus's 55,000 staff are based. Britain and Spain also have Airbus factories.
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