4/14/2005

Trade-offs

I recently read a blog on the new airbus and I would like the class to see airbus’ competition click here for a picture. It looks sharp, but that’s not all the 7E7, or what is now called the 787, has to offer. For starters, better turbulence control, thanks to computers on board that make rapid changes to the flight controls, to better adapt to turbulence. Also the 787 will have a composite fuselage the first for a large commercial jet transport. The benefit of the composite fuselage is to reduce damage to the plane caused by sky bridges, baggage carts, and trucks while on the tarmac. Also composite material is lighter than current material used for commercial airliners, increasing fuel efficiency. The reason for this blog is to help illustrate the trade-offs between the two planes. Trade-offs are ingrained into economic students brains since their first economic class, it will be interesting to see which commercial airliner will end up dominating in its industry. Click here to read more about Boeing's new 787.

2 comments:

BOB said...

There are always trade-offs that have to be made. This is a perfect example of a company making decisions based on the best information. The new airplane's fuselage, for example, is lighter and more efficient, but will probably be more expensive to install.

Dr. Tufte said...

I liked this post very much.