According to a report of an interview of Mr. Forgeard, AI is considering also building a shrink A3xx to compete directly with the 744. Interesting, no? Since A3xx-100 looks stocky (to give room for -200 I presume) the -50 might look very interesting. The regrettably short text is at
To all: These remarks are interesting since part of the report by the analyst from Credit-Suisse/First Boston contained a comment in which Airbus had decided NOT to compete in the 400-480 seat market segment.