What are the odds of Airbus delivering the new A350 on time? If I'm not mistaken the A350 endeavour is an even bigger challenge than the A380. Given Airbus's current problems with the A380, could Airbus be setting themselves up for yet another problematic aircraft launch similar to that of the A380?
Forgeard: Airbus beats 200-order target for A350
He said too that the price of fuel would be the main factor in determining how fast industry moves to developing an aircraft overwhelmingly built using composites. "If fuel is very expensive, you need an ultra-light aircraft, even if the cost of manufacture is higher," he said.
Airbus will spend €450 million ($540 million) in 2007-08 in developing composite technology. "Low cost industrial composites are the big challenge," he said. "But we will be ready to react."