Airbus compares the A350-1000 to the Boeing 777X.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) - Thu, Oct 31, 2013

Airbus has been quite tight lipped about the A350 XBM program since the first flight and fly over at the Paris Air Show. However, Airbus invited members of the media from around the world to provide an update on the background of the A350, new market developments, and how they believe their new aircraft stacks up to the competition. The day started off with some market share statistics. As of today, the 2013 net market share leans towards airbus 55% to BoeingOs 45%. Over the past 11 out of 15 years, Airbus has been the leader in net orders. Currently, total backlogs stand at 5,330 for Airbus, and 4,787 for Boeing. The A350 program presently has 756 firm orders with 38 customers. Airbus predicts that over the next 20 years ending in 2032, there will be a need for 6,800 twin-aisle aircraft, including the A330 and A350 XWB. Airbus has also seen a major shift between 2007 and 2013 from airlines preferring 250 seat aircraft to 300 seat aircraft; moving to the A350, A330, and 787. Airbus has a saying when it comes to the A350 XWB, summing up their ultimate goal: OPassenger at heart, airline in mind. It means that we needed to bring efficiency into this aircraft. It means that we have selected the right advanced materials where it needs to beEKeep it simple.O Airbus has not overcomplicated their systems where it is not necessary, and they are not afraid to look directly at the competition when saying that. Specifically mentioned was the upcoming Boeing 777X series, and how Airbus believes Boeing is playing catch-up to the A350. OThe success of the -900 forced Boeing to launch the 787-10,O said Sophie Pendaries, Head of Airbus Product Marketing, but she stopped short of saying that the troubles with the 787 has led to increased interest in the A350. Airbus broke down the advantages of the A350-1000 compared to the 777X series, making some interesting points. In terms of airport compatibility, the A350-1000 has the same ground handling as A350-900, same ICAO category and ground maneuverability as...

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