Monday, October 09, 2006

As the Airbus Turns, Part Deux: Strieff Hits the Showers

It is being reported today by Reuters that if you were thinking that things couldn't get worse at Festung Airbus you were wrong.

In fact, we here at the Dougloid Papers have decided that the Festung Airbus monicker is a little too associative of strength and purpose. Henceforth, the Airbus team shall be referred to collectively as The Emerald City.

Mr. Strieff was hired to clean out the Augean Stables of the A380 Albatross program and restore some credibility to the program and the company, in view of the wiring/production problems/software/ communications problems that together put the A380 two or more years behind schedule, sucked up every available dollar, and threatens to take the A350WXB down into the swirling toilet.

However, after a weekend that had rumors of his demise emerging and heated denials as usual, the writing's likely on the wall, according to sources close to the volcano: Strieff's check will be waiting for him at the plant gate.

Apparently telling people what he thinks is needed to fix the mess was the wrong thing to say in The Emerald City, particularly at the German branch where saying that their parts don't fit in the assembly hall is about as welcome as a turd in a punchbowl.

All of this makes me wonder "What could possibly be next?"

Stay tuned.

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