It seems that not all are welcoming the latest announcement by Airbus that they will consider design changes. The A350's largest customer to date (or potential customer) is making noises that it will have to delay signing until the design is firmed up. Doesn't sound happy about the possible delay in EIS either....
Analysts said that, if Airbus switched to an all-new design, customers would probably have to wait an extra two years, until 2012.
"However, this puts us in a dilemma, because we will get an aeroplane nearly ... two years later than originally envisaged," said Baker.
"And of course we will have to go to the market and buy aeroplanes that would fill in the gap, or else even look at an alternative because airlines cannot freeze their plans because a manufacturer cannot deliver in the time that we require.