Yes generally when you launch some of those important things like payload at range might be one fo those things you announce.
Yes, it doesn't feel very "launchy" if we don't know payload/range nor anything about pricing and we have esteemed members of this site still guessing how many pallets or containers will fit on it.
This is just advanced market research. As in "If we were to build an A350F - what would you like to see it be able to do?"
I'm not sure I'd go with advanced market research. It seems they have done conceptual definition and are working on requirement definition, and these tasks are usually done by both marketing and engineering resources.
He didn't say what you are suggesting, the A350 freighter was not approved in 2019.
He did not say they received board approval of the A350F in 2019. He is saying that in 2019 they introduced the A321XLR and since then they have had discussions with customers and obtained board approval for the freighter. I will be blunt, you are wrong in your interpretation.
What do you suggest "In that
period" means then?
A321XLR announcement June 2019
A350 Freighter announcement July 2021
Both events have announcements on the Airbus website, there is no announcement for the A350 freighter in 2019.
I did a search for an announcement of the A350 freighter on the Airbus website and found none, please provide a link,
I am really baffled what people are trying to argue here. Either it isn't a serious competitor, there needs to be certain amount of orders to launch, the announcement of the product is not a launch and now that they actually received board approval in 2019 already and has been sitting on it for 2 years.
This is a discussion forum rather than an argument forum, so I'm discussing not arguing.
Personally I'm just trying to make sense of the state of affairs.
We have the media referring to something as a launch where there is no orders, and Airbus not pushing back on that so tacitly approving it and perhaps even encouraging it behind the scenes.
An optimist would say that means they are confident and have the orders in hand, a pessimist would say they are desperate and are trying to drum up orders by manufacturing drama and a sense of momentum, I'm not sure which stance one should take.
The question of who will support this program by ordering it has been the key question since Page 1 of this thread going back four months now, and the recent statements by Faury do nothing to resolve the question.
Maybe I'm a traditionalist, but IMO no orders means no program, so we don't have a program till we have orders.
Don't people find it strange that we knew more about who was interested in ordering NMA at this phase of its life than we know about A350F?
Don't people find it strange that the only CEO support we've heard of is from AAB and at the same time he also gives support to the competitor's product?