The Germans have mostly gotten a pass in the Airbus mess, avoiding the messy French meltdown that has some talking about toppling the government in Paris. But do the Germans deserve to get off so easily? An article in the International Herald Tribune suggestions maybe not.
The problem that has delayed the A380's entry into commercial service for more than a year falls into the highly annoying category. For reasons that have defied simple explanation, the wiring harness for each plane keeps showing up with serious defects that can leave them useless. Because many of the bundles are made in Hamburg and then shipped to Toulouse, France, accusations have flown between the French and German plants as to whose fault this is.