StudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8259 times:
Has anyone heard of the Airbus A350 project? I thought it would be, according to an article I read in Flight International, to be a direct comparison to the Boeing Dreamliner. Has anyone got any further infos on this project?
Also, is it true that they are going to have this aircraft flown before the 7E7?
I hope I haven't started a new topic that has been asked in the forum.
Ruscoe From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1477 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7986 times:
Heresay is that the 350 is based on the 333 not the 332. If this is correct then it is more a 777 competitior without the grunt, than a 7e7 competitior. Airbus will need the capacity of the 333 to get comparable seat mile costs to the 7e7, but of course trip costs will be greater.
Personally I don't think the 350 will be a good competitor in either segment.
As has been said many times in this forum, the best bet for Airbus is to sell the existing 330 cheap, and if NWA is any indication they can.
Airbus will develop the necessary technology to catch up with Boeings composite competency, when they have finished developing the A400 which will incorporate many of the technologies of the 7e7.
Then they can develop a new aircraft to really compete with the 7e7.
StudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4772 times:
Well, it seems to me that Airbus is just trying to beat Boeing in terms of 'First Flight', with Boeing developing a completely new design from scratch, with all new composite and bleedless engine technology, whereas Airbus is just trying to beat it using the technologies already available.
Let's just wait and see if we are actually going to have a new Airbus variant. It would be interesting how people see on this.
Thanks to everyone who have contributed to my question.
Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 22 Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4012 times:
I hope airbus doesn't go through with it any time soon, seems like a waste of money to compete with a plane that is actually competing with another one of their own. That is like if Boeing decided to go against A380, which is going againsy the 747, now.
Better later, Im sure we'll see an A350/A360/A370/A390/797 etc. I just have no clue as to what mission statement they can have.
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StudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2737 times:
Maybe Airbus is trying to steal the bleedless engine design of the Trent 1000s, as this will perhaps be the thing of the future. But I remember reading an article that Airbus denying the use of 90% composite in an aircraft structure.....
And with Boeing, I also wonder what happens when they eventually run out of the 7*7 model designation... are they going to re-use the 707s designation? Or will they try a new designation code?....