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Originally posted by cmdrkeenkid
Ah... Hadn't heard of that one. My bad then!
The A350 is Airbus' newly announced competitor to the 787 and completes a 'range' which successfully competes with Boeing at pretty much every point (and beyond) now.
Originally posted by MickeyDee
"you make that sound as though the A350 is better then the 787, which its not."
Bit bias towards Boeing coz ur American i think...
Originally posted by Murcielago
I'm probably a little biased, but i try not to be.
and I was talking facts, its more efficient, will be state of art electronics in it, finally bigger windows, cabin pressure, lighting will be done by LED's and will make it feel more relaxing, some redesigning to make the inside larger then it will be. things like that all contribute for it to be my choice...The one thing that Airbus has going for its A350 its its dozens of millions cheaper.
Airbus said its new plane will have the same cockpit and similar on-board systems to its existing A330 jet but will weigh eight tonnes less, even allowing for its heavier engines. The new engines, to be supplied initially by General Electric Co., will benefit from new technologies developed for the 7E7
With a catalogue price of about $154 million US, the A350 will enter service in the first half of 2010 in two configurations, Airbus said - of which the longer-range version will have a range of 15,900 kilometres with 245 passengers in a three-class cabin.
Boeing says its furthest-flying 7E7, due to take to the sky two years earlier, will have a range of 15,700 kilometres with 217 passengers on board and a price tag of $120 million US.
Airbus' Leahy also predicted that the A350's operating cost per seat would come in "six to seven per cent" lower than the Dreamliner's.
Originally posted by FredT
I get that. Its the logic in the opening post that I am confused by. Unless we are starting a wholy brand new plane ie. 787 or A380 every plane flying by and large are improved version of the inital launch aircraft. I used the -500 and -600 as examples cause following that logic they are simply warmed over versions of the inital A340 or would it fair to say that the A330 is a A340 missing two engines to compete with the 777 or 767?