I have always been curious as to why Airbus chose to go with Aluminum-lithium for the body structure of the new and upcoming A350 and not GLARE or composites.
Found this quote:
"Boeing told the company that aluminum still needed to lose some weight. Chicago-based Boeing announced plans to use more carbon fiber and other composite materials in place of aluminum on its new 250-seat 7E7 jetliner."
Question, why is this material that is rejected by Boeing but yet it is embraced by Airbus as being advanced? Not that everything Boeing decides is correct but... I wonder if Airbus is making a 5 billion gamble by not besting or at least meeting competitor in terms of weight savings.
I also question, the idea that Aluminum-lithium could be even considered advanced as Airbus advertises. After performing several searches on this Aluminum-lithium material I have come to the conclusion that this material is not so new nor is it advanced as it's currently being used on the 747-400 and the 777, which is a technology from the mid 80's developed in conjunction by Boeing and Alcoa. Indirectly, Boeing's research is helping Airbus with the A350.
hmm, things that make you think of how just how small this world is.