We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I live just south of where they build them and the word is that the next aircraft - the successor to the 737 - won't be built by manufacturers who must ship their products halfway around the world to be assembled in Everett, Washington. They'll be right there, clustered around the assembly plant. Also, much of the stuff these planes contain is highly advanced. A Boeing engineer friend said that one of Airbus' problems is that their sales guys promise what has yet to be engineered, let alone manufactured. Does it apply here too? We shall see.
I seem to recall seeing a documentary on the new Airbus behemoth (maybe on the Discovery channel?) where they were prepping for a demo/show of some sort and they couldn't get the landing gear to retract into the gear well because of an obstruction of some sort. I was amazed that they ever let that video get out. Seemed like a giant red flag for their cluster-f engineering. I don't think I could ever ride on one of those monsters until they've flown about a dozen thousand times. Of course when you buy a ticket, they don't generally tell you what kind of plane you'll be flying, though you can usually infer.
Hopefully that sort of thing isn't happening here. I was also told (but haven't looked to corroborate) that all the A380 drawings were done in 2D CAD systems, which if true may help to explain why the wires and ducts in the French piece didn't quite line up with those in the German one...