Aerospace Notebook: Jet rivalry spurs high-flying trash talk
By JAMES WALLACE
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Archrivals Airbus and The Boeing Co. are no strangers to the art of trash talking.
Boeing has not been at all shy about bad-mouthing the capabilities of the A380, the Airbus superjumbo that in 2006 will supplant Boeing's 747 as the world's biggest commercial jetliner.
And last year, an Airbus executive wasted no time, during a speech in Seattle, trashing Boeing's planned 7E7 Dreamliner. Adam Brown, vice president of marketing for Airbus, displayed chart after chart showing why the Boeing plane, not available until 2008, would be no better than the A330-200, the Airbus jet that is already in service and winning order battles at Boeing's expense.
So it should come as no surprise that Boeing would take aim at the A340-500, the world's longest-range jetliner. The Airbus plane got a ton of attention last week when Singapore Airlines began operating the jet on the longest non-stop commercial jetliner route ever -- more than 18 hours from Los Angeles to Singapore.
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