Grantcv From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 430 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 10 hours ago) and read 5158 times:
I was looking at the ad for the A350 in last weeks AW&ST. Airbus seem to be doing their utmost to convince everyone that this is a completely new aircraft and the most advanced airliner available. But it looks completely like an A330. How will I know I am looking at an A350 without counting windows or reading the markings if they are on the plane?
Will anything be different or is this simply a marketing trick to try and create the perception that the A350 isn't just an update to existing A330? When the 737 got a new wing, it still stayed a 737. Even the fuselage was substantially redesigned and retooled (although it looks the same).
Ever since I was a little kid way back in the late 60's I have taken pride in being able to identify every single airliner simply by glancing at it. I can immediately tell a 720 from a 707 and an MD-80 from an DC-9 for instance. There are lots of questionably "all new" aircraft but this one seems to be really stretching things.
(Back when I was in marketing, a trick we employed to try and convince the market that something that wasn't really true was true was to claim it over and over repetatively till people believed us anyway - I am amused by the repeating ad in AW&ST where they keep repeating the claim that the A350 is the most technologically advanced airliner in the world. They must have read the same textbook.)
SunriseValley From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 5751 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 4978 times:
Quoting Grantcv (Thread starter): I am amused by the repeating ad in AW&ST where they keep repeating the claim that the A350 is the most technologically advanced airliner in the world.
Isn't this known as the "big lie" ? Politicians are very adept at it. My question is, who do they think they are pitching this to? I find it extremely hard to believe that a decision to purchase a new aircraft type is made based on assertions made in AW&ST. But then I sometimes wonder; airlines have frequently made some of the most stupidest business decisions.