A380 hit by fourth delay
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
The planemaker of Airbus announced that they are going to have delays in deliveries of its A380. Airbus Company had difficulty in producing its A380 on time. As a result, its customers are dissatisfied. This delay has impact on both Airbus and customers (Hepher, 2008).
Airbus was not able to produce as quickly as it hoped. Airbus was being ordered for 13 A380s in 2008 and 25 aircrafts in 2009. This was the fourth time that they announced delays for A380. These delays were caused by problems in installing the wiring on A380 (Wall, 2006).
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Due to the reason above, Airbus could delivers 12 aircrafts in 2008 and 21 in 2009 (Hepher, 2008). Logically it affects Airbus as a supplier and airlines as its ...view middle of the document...
Also, they don’t have to look for another aircraft company to buy again but by doing so they waste time. It has another disadvantage which is the cost. Because they have planed their schedule for these 525-seat double-decker planes and now they need more aircraft for this amount of passengers. And as we know, old aircrafts consume more fuel than new aircrafts like A380 which means again they are wasting their money.
On the other hand, Airbus can help to overcome this problem. It can increase its work forces. It means they can hire more people to work on the production of A380. As a result they can deliver aircrafts on time. By doing so, they avoid the risk of losing their customers as well. But this is not easy and has disadvantages. First of all it is so costly because they may need to double their effort. Another disadvantage is that hiring new staff requires training them which needs other workers as a trainer. It also takes time to train them and make them qualified in order to be productive.
In my opinion, an old company like Airbus should not have such delays for many times because it makes customers dissatisfied and as a result it may lose its customers. I think they should not have delivered any of their A380s before finishing their production. This can help them to be on time and not losing their customers. But, for such a solution they would waste lot of time to be done and it is hard to produce aircraft before receiving an order because they should make should make sure that there would be a reasonable demand for what they are producing.
Hepher, T. (2008, May 13). A380 Hit by Fourth Delay. Retrieved November 26, 2008, from http://www.arabianbusiness.com/519138-eads-pushes-back-a380-delivery-schedule?ln=en
Wall, R. (2006, October 22). Airlines Grapple with A380 Delays. Retrieved November 26, 2008, from http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=awst&id=news/aw102306p3.xml