Tom Enders, airbus` German CEO, said the fixed-price contract for the A400M transport aircraft was a disaster rooted in naivety, excessive enthusiasm and arrogance: “If you had offered it to an American armament company like Northrop, they would have been a mile away.” He explained that the project will have to be abandoned if the contract is not renegotiated.  When the university accepts a fixed-price premium, it must present the benefits within the required time frame, regardless of the actual cost. At the end of the project, the project count may be close to zero if the costs have been accurately estimated and the project has gone as planned, or positive if unexpected efficiencies have been achieved. However, there are several potential drawbacks to the use of a fixed-price contract in the commercial construction sector. First, it can be very difficult to make an accurate estimate in advance, so many contractors give themselves financial leeway to plan unexpected costs and ensure that they make enough profit for the investments they make. This is why many fixed-price contracts will be priced slightly above market value. A fixed-price contract is a kind of project management contract, the payment does not depend on the resources or time spent. The aim is to set a fixed price for the product, service or result defined in the contract. The definition of a pricing method is an essential part of the pre-construction phase of a project.
In general, contractors opt for a fixed-price contract or a contract with dynamic prices. A fixed-price contract in the construction sector is a pricing method that sets a set overall price for all construction-related activities carried out during the duration of the project. Fixed-price contracts are sometimes referred to as lump sum contracts and are generally considered favourable in the construction sector where there is a clear scope and a defined timetable for the project. There are many advantages to using a fixed-price contract in the construction sector.