Boeing has a corporate culture of "shooting first, aiming later".
Yes because Boeing certainly did that with the 777
Since when was Airbus so stupid they touted their aircraft as inferior to the competition?
He's referring to the fact that Airbus compares the A350-800 (250 seats) to the 7E7-8 (220 seats), and the A350-900 (~290 seats) to the 7E7-9 (250 seats). It isn't an honest comparison but it isn't that
wild of a comparison either, as Airbus can hypothetically offer it as a viable alternative to the -8.
BTW, have you ever wondered how come a 'technologically superior aircraft' Boeing has been bragging over for almost a year now at every occasion as being a 'quantum leap forward' is so easily matched and even outclassed in some ways by a modified version of THE ONE plane it was designed for and supposed to beat????
Because the A350 is, as of today, talk. It is only T-A-L-K
. By this time next year that could possibly change, but as of today, Boeing is the company with an aircraft at 90% design completion and Airbus are the ones with a Photoshop-ed A330 saying "Hey look at us." The 7E7 will enter production in the next 12 months while we know jack shit as to the exact definition of any part of the "A350" what-so-ever. That gives a whole shitload of credibility to Boeing and virtually none to you.
the A350 is "superior," do you think that Airbus will come out and say... "we are planning a response, but it won't be half the 7E7?"
The first one was that Boeing did not expect Airbus to counter their B7E7 with something new for numerous reasons: relative young age of the A330, expected reluctance to simply finish of the A343, etc.
The scope of the A350 derrivitive shows that you are wrong
. If the A330 isn't old, why is $5 billion USD necessary to bring it up to par? The A330 design will be over 25 years old if the A350 flies in 2010....
Both errors combined lead to some very devastating questions less than one year after the launch and well before its first flight of the B7E7: is a plane which is so easily matched by an update of the plane it is supposed to replace, really the best Boeing could come up with after ten years?
You have no clue
as to the A350's true performance! Quit acting like all of the sudden it has been shown that the 7E7 is a flop. I was waiting for you to give a phony "Now don't get me wrong, I love all airplanes," but christ... you're even more zealous/biased/blinded
than I am. And that's saying something!!
There is nothing
on the A350, and given Boeing's conservative
nature, what makes you think Airbus will come close to the 7E7? Compare the 777X of 2000 to the 773ER/772LR of 2004, Boeing shattered their inital goals... the A350 will only inspire them to hammer Airbus again.