You know you picked the wrong subject to attack Boeing Snnams.
There is no other way to describe Airbus statements lately than desparate.
The latest revealing comments from Airbus senior management relate to Boeing not being on the right track with 50%+ composites. All these comments show is that airbus does not have the technology to match Boeing in this area, (and it is the future), and they have been caught completely off guard by the interest in the 7e7, at the expense of interest in the 330 and to a lesser extent the 380.
Independent confirmation of this can be sen in the 380 structure itself. The upper fuselage centre section is made of aluminium not composites as is the rest of the upper fuselage. I can only presume Airbus does not have the confidence in directionally strengthened composites, to build this high stress area out of composite also.
However what really sets the two manufacturers apart is their philosophy about the way future air travel will develop, and this is were the 7e7 really trumps Airbus.
Airbus are working on the future being hub and spoke, hence the need for large aircraft like the 380. And their are some carriers who definetly need a larger hub and spoke craft like SQ
Boeing are saying the major growth will occurr between smaller points. This obviously requies more smaller aircraft. Until the 7e7 there has been no aircraft which could provide the economies to do this. This is what has got Airbus really worried. The 7e7 can bypass hubs and at a cost which makes it competitive not only with 330 sized aircraft but 380 size also. Just to add insult to injury, whilst Airbus is quite capable of developing the technology, they are tied up in 380 development, with essentially no substantial free development money apart from the 380. This is one of the reasons you repeatedly hear questions raised about the decision to build the 380 rather than trump Boeing, by say developing a 320 and 300 replacement aircraft early.