Revelation wrote:zeke wrote:heavymetal wrote:Good list. I would add the 787-10 to the medium haul list, and I would clarify that the A350-900ULR will not be a 250-seat aircraft. It will be under 200 seats.
Reminds me of what people said a couple of decades ago about the A330, and it has grown by 40 tonnes since EIS. What do you think will happen when the -1000 enters service ?
A330 had MTOW growth 'baked into it' because of its A340 sibling, and I can imagine modern era computers running stress calculations can find lots of room for improvement on an 80s vintage design. I'd be surprised if Airbus left that much unused potential in the current A350.
I don't think the A350 can grow 40t MTOW without major improvements. While not yet certified, the A350-1000 can go up all the way to 320t MTOW and that's probably as far as it goes.