good link . The video report to the right was interesting. The on camera reporter did try and explain the various market assumption of each company ,noted that the UK had the second largest aircraft industry . The reporter interviewed some official that mention that a tax of 37 quid was going to be placed on low cost air carriers( Boeing's market) to encourage people to use a larger Airplane. What !
1. ITAR. Despite a century-long alliance and ongoing joint operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the UK is somehow deemed untrustworthy, nearly de-railing JSF, the most important arms agreement in decades. Perhaps the State Department and other US agencies associate the RAF with Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, the liaison officer in Doctor Strangelove who didnât help General Jack D. Ripper nuke Russia
.4. Anti-Airbus jihads. The last two years saw two John Mica anti-Airbus proposals. If I recall correctly they mandated the spray painting of US-based Airbus jets with âDonât flyâfureign plane.â The latest Mica proposal halting federal funds for A380-related airport upgrades actually makes some sense. But itâs probably too tainted by Micaâs earlier protectionist efforts to go ahead.
Previous Airbus airframes have been heavily in-sourced. Airbus might find that outsourcing and offshoring (not always the same thing) now make a lot of sense. It cuts production costs, helping the business case for the new EADS investors. It moves companies to the top of the food chain, improving return on invested capital. It would help access risk sharing cash (thatâs why Italy should be Airbusâs real target, and why China is a dry well) and new manufacturing techniques. Most importantly, it gets program risk off your books, helping to calm jittery new EADS investors, getting them behind the A370.
In the interests of fairness, hereâs some free (and obvious) advice to Boeing: as soon as the 787 is out the door, launch the 797 narrowbody. Do to the A320 what the 777 and 787 are doing to the A330/340.
Sorry mate, utter bollox, i know of one defence agency that consistently put in bids that were more beneficial to the MoD than those of their competitors, yet still BAeS won the contracts, and then subcontracted that work to the loser. So basically the MoD paid out more than they would have, for the same work but with the pencil dicks at BAeS getting a nice big payout for doing fu&k all.Bouillabaisse said:It's also not like they're being deliberately excluded. Anyone can bid and, in theory, win. The problem is they're so used to the French method of contract awards they think its a conspiracy against them.
And the UK defence industry is THE game to play if you're a defence company. Its the one place where there really is an equal chance of winning. Well worth the effort if your own domestic market's weak.
Emirates Airlines Says It Is Looking at Both Revamped Airbus 350XWB and the Boeing Dreamliner
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/060718/britain_air_show_emirates.html?.v=1To get a sense of Emirates' buying power, the company's decision to order 42 Boeing 777 jets last November was Boeing's largest single order for the 777. Emirates is scheduled to get one 777 delivered every month for the next five years. At list prices, the deal would be worth up to $9.7 billion (euro7.8 billion).
Oohh, you cynic!Cuddles said:"Angus Robertson said: "Clearly there have been issues with the project procurement and development, however they do not diminish the strategic requirement for Nimrod or the fact that RAF Kinloss and its personnel are best placed to receive the new aircraft." "
The strategic requirement to keep at least one job in Kinloss - i.e. the local MP's
http://www.richardaboulafia.com/shownote.asp?id=224There I was, a heat-stricken recovering anglophile. Who told Britain they were a serious aviation player? UK aviation has had 100 years of quaint obsolescence and gifted amateurism, producing value destroyers like the Avro 146, a six or eight engine jet comfortably seating 100 hobbits in 3-3 configuration (that was Britainâs final civil jet, last delivered in 2003). The RAF just retired the last Canberra recon plane which I believe was coal-powered. Watching the Nimrod fly past produces knowing chuckles between people familiar with its cash-devouring history. And there, parked off in the distance is the crowning achievement: a Concorde. Mach 2, taxpayers zero, to steal someone elseâs joke.
Iâm neglecting BAEâs Hawk trainer, still alive after 30 improbable years, and a few curiosities like the twice-a-year Islander line. And I understand the emotional pride that goes with national aircraft. Arguably all of Britainâs aviation horrors of the last century are justified by the almighty Spitfire and Hurricane, which basically saved liberal democracy and Western Civilization. And watching US-invented V-22s fly past Big Ben felt like watching a cheesy sci-fi film about an alternative Britain, conquered by a barbaric but technologically advanced alien race.