Airbus delays: let’s get creative, EADS

Here’s an idea to get EADS’ Airbus A380 into profitable service immediately. As usual, the solution is in a creative look at the numbers.

Since the announcement that the A380 won’t be in service until 2008, EADS shares have fallen 26% and it projects some E1.5bn of losses due to lateness. That’s about seven billion Euros off the balance sheet – ouch. Fortunately, there’s a very easy way to solve it.

The delays are apparently due to the wiring requirements of the consumer electronics onboard – seatback TV screen and so on.

Well, what if Airbus simply sacked its wiring guys, launched the planes into service NOW, and just bought every passenger something to play with – up to E500 in value? A free Xbox whenever I travelled longhaul – I’d fly an A380 for that, even allowing for a check-in time where you need a calendar instead of a watch.

Think about it. Estimating 6m lost trips, EADS’ red ink already equates to some E1100 per ticket; you can get a Playstation or portable DVD player for far less than that, and with the planes in service you’re reducing those losses to E600.

And other opportunities unfold: brand the gadgets with an Airbus logo and you’re getting some free advertising too, not to mention how full your planes would be when every traveller gets an automatic going-away gift and the local electronics wholesalers experience a mini-boom. (No need to ask for them back; you’re saving money on fuel and servicing every time a passenger takes his own gear home.)

Hey, it beats Air Miles. But if they gave away XDA Execs would you be allowed to use them onboard?

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s