Customers have been clamoring for more information. Since presenting an overview of the jetliner in July, Airbus has shown customers a variety of plans, but it has yet to commit to a firm configuration, customers say.
According to people familiar with the campaign, US Airways has been in talks with both Airbus and Boeing but is leaning toward sticking with Airbus. Airbus has offered favorable terms on pricing as well as agreeing to renegotiate terms on A320s the airline ordered, these people say. Airline officials remain concerned about whether Airbus will deliver the A350 by 2013 as promised.
US Airways has asked Airbus officials to come back with a proposal that would include financial penalties if it fails to deliver. John Leahy, Airbus's chief operating officer for customers, said in an interview that "US Airways would of course have penalty payments" if the plane is late or fails to perform as advertised.
The article goes on to say that Airbus aims to freeze the plane's overall shape and size in October 2008 before beginning detailed design drawings.
ILFC needs to see the final definition before determining whether it appeals to the largest number of airlines.
Some customers have been pushing Airbus to offer 10-abreast seating in economy but Airbus is sticking with nine.
Other customers have said they are staying on the sidelines while Airbus tries to reach a deal with GE for engines for the new A350.