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Will It Be Possible To Tell An A350 From An A330?  
User currently offlineGrantcv 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.)

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User currently offlineAgill From Sweden, joined Feb 2004, 1023 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 10 hours ago) and read 5130 times:

WEll it seems that the looks of these "planes to be" changes quite a lot, just look at different pictures of the B787.

User currently offlineACdreamliner From UK - Scotland, joined May 2005, 520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 5080 times:

i'm just getting fed up off all those 10%, 30%, 100% A350 adds taking up half my Flight International every week!

Where are you going?
User currently offlineSunriseValley 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.

User currently offlineGARPD From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2880 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 4961 times:

I have some brochurse from Airbus about the A350.
It looks like an a330 with bigger engines. Thats all.

Of course there will be subtle differences with the finished product. You and I, as Aviation fans will notice. But the average punter probably won't

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