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British Aerospace fuselage design workshop

Year 10s had an interesting introduction to both engineering design and the hard world of airline economics when they were invited to design the cabin layout for the A320 airliner. Groups designs had to be based on the requirements of five different airlines; British Airways, Easyjet, Aer Lingus, Monarch and Thomas Cook. The Class were spilt into five groups, each designing for one of the airlines.

The Marketing Manager was responsible for conveying the customer’s requirements to the design team. Therefore was some dispute in some of the groups as to who the marketing manager should be and this did result bin some poor communications – which impacted on the groups’ ability to design the aircraft according to the specifications.

Team managers sometimes had difficulty in controlling very enthusiastic group members and budding designers. Nearly all the groups designed aircraft with a lot of Business Class seats even though some of the airlines were clearly budget.

However, some of the groups worked exceptionally well and produced designs which were profitable and all groups completed designs which met industry standards and students gained an understanding of the requirements of the industry and the difficult decisions which designs face.

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