AussieERJ145 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 678 times:
The Aircraft will probably become the A350 when there are firm orders recieved from launch customers.
At present there are only expressions of interest.
One news paper even said it would be called the A380!
But that was probably a mistake.
In any case it is common Airbus practice to designate a new aircraft A3XX. Just like the A340 was known as the A3XX until it's launch.
Widebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1150 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 661 times:
...Airbus has accepted that the name A3XX has become too familiar to be changed.....no new aircraft can really use the digits A3XX again.......imagine a new A317 being designated then A3XX.......first a 950 seater A3XX, then a 95 seater one....too difficult for the public to understand.....this is what they feel at present anyway.....
Teahan From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 5264 posts, RR: 63 Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 642 times:
Paris Match (a French magasine that had a feature article on the A3XX a few months ago) stated that it will be called the A380. The number 8 is the good luck number in Asia where Airbus hopes most of the clients will come from!
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2451 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 622 times:
Not so to the Japanese at least. To them, almost any even number does not spell good luck. Generally, it's any odd number like 1, 3, 5 and 7 and so on that they believe is good luck. To actually bring a gift to a Japanese in sets of 2 or 4 items, for example, will offend them and could set things off on the wrong foot!
Frankly, it's crazy for the A3XX would be called the A380. It's just not common sense. There isn't such a thing as an A360 or A370 built or even designed yet! If it was called the A380, then a future "A360/370" family, whatever the a/c will look like, might not sell nearly as well, for customers, especially those in Asia might view the "A360/370" as inferior products!
If this sounds nuts, look at how McDonnell Douglas had to change the designation DC-10-20 to the DC-10-40 because the DC-10-30 was already built. JAL and Northwest wouldn't buy this aircraft unless McDonnell Douglas changed the designation. You have to think about the first impressions any manufacturers have make on any product they sell such as cars and food products. Airlines and commercial aircraft are no different.
So it's most likely to be called the A350. BTW, the A3XX was once referred to as the A2000 in the past, when Airbus was just getting started on designing the A3XX.
The A330/340 was never called the A3XX in the initial design phase. The A330 was actually referred to as the TA-11 and the A340 the TA-12 when they were first designed in the 1980s.