DartHerald wrote:If the A350 rumour is true, it's certainly adding to a good start to he year for the Airbus WB sales team - and with the Saudi Arabian new airline order potentially still to come! Good news for RR too.
I think they probably don't know the difference between the a35K and a359, it's just a mix up.
The article could have been referring to the a350-1000s which are indeed coming in.
It's rare for airlines to replace a330s more especially the -200 with the a359, it's possible yes but rare.
Currently even the 787-9 does a better job of being a replacement for the a332 than the a330-800 and in some cases the a330-900.
We could see an a359 order maybe, but I think XLR and 787 will be the main combination for qantas medium to long haul fleet. The a35K will be their primary ultra-long haul aircraft.
If the 787-10HGW has a decent range, it could be considered to replace some of the X -a380 routes I guess, but I am looking at XLR, 787, A35K for qantas future primary fleet.