|Quoting MarshalN (Thread starter):|
It also says on the 10% more seats page "Flying 300nm farther with space for almost 30 more passengers while burning less fuel per passenger than its future competitor" (i.e. 787, I assume).
What's interesting is that this is a lie, in that they are comparing the 358 to the 788, which is not the "competitor" to the model, and claiming the WHOLE 350 line flies further than the WHOLE 787 line, which is false. The 789 flies further than does the 359, the 788 flies further than the 359, the 358 flies further than both the 788 and 789, but doesn't fly 30 more pax further than the 789, it flies the same number of pax further.
Then there's the whole issue of Airbus fudging the seating ratios and that the number of seats goes down when using the same F/C/Y ratio as Boeing. Further the concept of "space for" 30 more pax is very unclear, as some analyses have shown near equal floor areas, so where does the "space" come from.
The claim about planes in production is silly, as the A350 isn't in production, so they are purposely avoiding comparisons to their actual competition, as the 767 line will close unless they build more tankers. The A350 will never be a direct competitor to the 767, but a successor, and one would HOPE that a successor from any company will be better...
One thing these ads point out is that Boeing is setting the table for this battle, and Airbus is responding. Airbus is not offering anything new on this plane and is thus reduced to making comparisons only. Boeing can say their plane offers better air, bigger windows, etc., and all Airbus can do is say 'that was such a great idea, we decided to do it too.'
This is what I am hearing from Airbus right now: "Oh, and we promise ours is better, but we have no way to back that up right now and we are two years behind, but we promise, if you wait, you'll get a plane that basically performs the same as our competitor but is a bit bigger than you may need (but might be just the right size), depending on who you are. Oh, and we may not be able to build them in a timely fashion, but you should still buy ours and not theirs..."
If I am already an A330/340 customer with a large fleet, or a customer looking to expand far in the future and wanting to make headlines with a big order for a whole new fleet type, I'm not unhappy.
But if I'm a 757/767/777 customer looking to replace/supplement them, or a growing airline who needs planes when they want them in the mid-size class, and I see the uninspired responses from Airbus right now, I'm leaning more toward the 787 than I was a couple weeks ago.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.