The A350 is meant to be a competitor against the 787, which would probably mean that the answer is yes. However I don't think any exact figures or even specific estimates have been announced comparing the planes. The A350 is way to early in the development stage to be able to get accurate very predictions on weight and fuel efficiency.
One advantage that the A350 will have as far as CASM goes is that it will seat more passengers. This will spread the cost to more seats and thus will be a more efficient design by default. With as much glory going to the 787 as is, I believe the 777 is still more fuel efficient on a per passsenger basis due to economies of scale. It will be a while before there can be an accurate measurement comparing the fuel efficiency of the 787 versus the A350.
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Do youthink the amount of orders for the A350 will surpass the ever increasing amount for 787?
I personally think that the time advantage that the 787 has over the A350 will make it sell more planes overall. While this wasn't true in the MD
-11/A340/777 competition as the last plane to the market sold the best, I have a feeling that unless the A350 is a far better performer than the 787, that airlines will have already moved towards the 787 and have established it in their fleets.
But when second generations of these planes come out in 20 years, that can change.
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