Ever been on one of those flights where weather delays are followed by runway closures and compounded by a mechanical a mechanical glitch made worse by a medical emergency that keeps everyone parked at the gate for hours on end? Sometimes you just can't get off the ground, and that's no less true for aircraft manufacturers as it is for airline passengers.
After months of manufacturing delays, the folks at Airbus just learned that the company's new A380 superjumbo jet may actually compound the very problem it was created to solve: airport congestion. According to this morning's New York Times:
A study by global aviation officials has concluded that the A380 superjumbo jet made by Airbus could slow traffic at already heavily congested airports, a development that could cast another shadow over the European plane maker’s flagship project.
The news came as the chief executive of Airbus, Christian Streiff, met Friday with board members of his parent company, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, in Amsterdam to discuss the A380 and plot a new course for the stumbling Airbus operation.
Production of the A380 is more than a year behind schedule as a result of wiring problems and factory bottlenecks. There is no new timetable for the plane.
In the new report, aviation authorities concluded that aircraft taking off or landing behind an A380 would have to wait longer than is currently the case for any other aircraft in service, including Boeing’s 747.
Study Says Airbus Super Jet Poses Airport Traffic Problem (New York Times): LINK
Photo, "Crossing a Jumbojet" by Lo M: LINK