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Airbus On Track To Freeze A350 XWB Lines  
User currently offlineAviationbuff From India, joined Mar 2008, 1425 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...-on-track-to-freeze-xwb-lines.html

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Airbus expects to finalise the A350 XWB's "aero-lines" in July as it heads for the detail definition freeze of the baseline -900 version at the end of the year.

However, the airframer says it still has two years to refine the wing design of its largest model, the -1000, which will be the last A350 variant to enter production.

"This year we've had a lot of work in front of us," says A350 programme chief Didier Evrard. There will be final freeze of the details of all the aero-lines in July." He adds that "the important milestone of the detail definition freeze will be reached at the end of the year".

Airbus's three-pronged A350 family development plan calls for each of the models to enter service around a year apart, beginning with the A350-900 in 2013 and followed by the smaller -800 and larger -1000.



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User currently offlineEA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

This is more good news for the 350 program.  thumbsup  I hope they continue to stay on track and I look forward to seeing what this bird will finally look like, particularly the nose of the aircraft.  wink 

Quoting Aviationbuff (Thread starter):
However, the airframer says it still has two years to refine the wing design of its largest model, the -1000, which will be the last A350 variant to enter production.

I guess we'll have to wait 2 more years at least find out what Boeing's response will be with the 77W and what kinds of upgrades to expect.



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User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3854 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3428 times:



Quoting EA772LR (Reply 1):
This is more good news for the 350 program. thumbsup I hope they continue to stay on track and I look forward to seeing what this bird will finally look like, particularly the nose of the aircraft. wink

The new nose was revealed last month!

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...es-reveal-revised-nose-design.html


User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4672 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3373 times:
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Quoting EA772LR (Reply 1):
Quoting Aviationbuff (Thread starter):
However, the airframer says it still has two years to refine the wing design of its largest model, the -1000, which will be the last A350 variant to enter production.

I guess we'll have to wait 2 more years at least find out what Boeing's response will be with the 77W and what kinds of upgrades to expect.

That is a very, very smart move from Airbus. It might lead Boeing into launching the B777 improvements without fully knowing what Airbus is doing. And gives Airbus a small chance to tweak the A350-1000 even a bit further. If Boeing waits for what Airbus is exactly doing with the A350-1000, the B777 might need more improvements to stay competitive as the airframe is getting older and older by design.

Do not get me wrong here, I absolutely love the B777, especially the 77W, and I wish it and Boeing all the best. But I wish the same to Airbus, and this planning looks like a very smart move to me. And also a realistic move to me. Getting the detail freeze on three different versions is highly complex. To do it in a sequence is a much better approach as long as it does not have negative influences on the EIS of the respective versions.

Kind regards.

[Edited 2008-06-04 09:41:31]

User currently offlineEA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3281 times:



Quoting EPA001 (Reply 3):
That is a very, very smart move from Airbus. It might lead Boeing into launching the B777 improvements without fully knowing what Airbus is doing. And gives Airbus a small chance to tweak the A350-1000 even a bit further. If Boeing waits for what Airbus is exactly doing with the A350-1000, the B777 might need more improvements to stay competitive as the airframe is getting older and older by design.

I was thinking the same thing. On the contrary, this could play well for Boeing too, because if the airlines that are interested in the 3510/77W class don't get a firmed design from Airbus for another 2 years, they might go for the 77W as it is a proven platform, and will only be further improved. Also, this could buy time to work out extra improvements that Boeing may not have had the time to work out if the 3510's design was frozen now....just my opinion. Will be interesting to see how this pans out...



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