Emirates chief Sir Tim Clark says Airbus super salesman John Leahy is correct in his claim that engine makers let Airbus down on the A380.
Last week former Airbus Chief Operating Officer Commercial Mr. Leahy, in a global first, told AirlineRatings.com European Editor Andreas Spaeth that engine makers had let Airbus down with engine technology on the A380.
Mr. Leahy said last week that the engine makers “were assuring us that the specific fuel consumption was that of new generation engines, and it would be ten years before there was the next leap to a substantial improvement. We launched in 2000, but three years later we got the 787 being launched with GENx engines and Rolls Royce matching that, having a ten to 12 percent better specific fuel consumption than the A380’s engines. Can you imagine the success of the A380 if it had 12 percent better fuel burn than it actually had?”
In an exclusive interview with AirlineRatings.com, Mr. Clark said “what the hell were the engine manufacturers doing? They were messing with derivative engines for the A380 – not new technology. I think they were overworked at the time and too busy to focus on something new.”
“John must really have suffered badly. It’s great to learn what really went on behind the scenes,” Mr. Clark said.