Re: Airbus threatens to sue Boeing

From: ("Clive Leyman")
Organization: Compulink Information eXchange
Date:         27 Feb 96 23:00:26 
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Ref posting 3952

Nearly right, but not quite!.
The A340 cruises at 0.82M, which is  slower than the 747 at 0.86M.
The outboard wing/pylon junction did give some minor problems during
flight test, but this was a light buffet at speeds above cruising speed,
not drag at cruise speed.
The problem was thought to be fixed, but apparently it reappeared on ONE
Virgin aircraft - hence a TEMPORARY restriction in cruise speed for that
airline only.
This seems to have given rise to the rumour that the A340 is limited to
0.78M, which is not true - hence AI's umbrage.