There is a lot of discussion about the A350 at the moment, mainly because it seems that EK will soon annouce whether its going with the A350 or 787. I have a rather simple question: while its clear that the 787 will replace the 767 in Boeing's lineup, what is Airbus' intent with the A350? Will the A358/359 replace the A332/333/342/343 in Airbus' model lineup or will it simply be offered as an additional type? It will be interesting to see how Airbus transitions to the new A350 models.
From what we are hearing about the size of the A359 (the rumors that EK inisits that Airbus "super-sizes" the A359), wouldnt the A359 make the A343/A333 models obsolete? And if the A358 comes in at roughly the same size as the 788, wouldnt the A358 effectively replace the A332.....especially if Airbus is forced to sell the A358 at A332 prices? (I assume this will be the case, as the 787 is being marketed for roughly 767 prices.)
Is Airbus going to find itself in a difficult situation? Aside from taking on the risk of launching another new type, will the A350 make the very capable and very profitable A330 family suddenly obsolete?