Maliyanwalto wrote:Many Aussies like me in the avgeek and pilot communities believe that Airbus has the upper hand in Sunrise. There was even speculation on Sydney commercial radio last week that a QF A350 order ‘was imminent’.
I find this very interesting only because I think the A350-1000 "as is" was farther from the mission requirements than the 777-8. If Airbus has this nearly in the bag, they must also have decided at a high level what they'll do to make an A350-1000 fly 9700 nm. Very curious if anyone has any clues what it might be. MTOW increase (seems like a given)? Empty weight removal? New wingtip treatments (the A350-1000 could really use a bit more span to go with its wing area)? More thrust? Not only is this interesting from a Project Sunrise perspective, but it also seems like any of it applies directly and easily to any A350 stretch. It could change the economics of the current A vs. B standoff with regard to further stretches of the big guys.