Which will you choose if you were to own an airline and why?
Argument form Airbus :
The A350-800, with more seats than the 787-8, will be able to fly about 300 miles farther than the Boeing plane with
about 4 percent lower fuel burn per seat and lower maintenance cost per seat. The cash operating costs to the airline per seat will be less than for
the 787-8, as will the plane's empty weight per seat.
The fourth incarnation brings the promise of 60 percent advanced materials, 37 percent of which composites and 23 percent new aluminum lithium alloys.
The rear fuselage as well and wing would be made from composites, and new cabin comforts include bigger windows and special interior lighting to match
The A350 will be offered in two versions. The A350-800 will typically seat 258 passengers, while the A350-900 has a stretched fuselage and 316 seats.
The A350-800 and A350-900, based on the A330-200 and A330-300 respectively, but with range increases of “1000 miles or more” – that would be
7650 NM (14170 km) and 6600 NM (12225 km).
Airbus would deliver the A350-8 by 2010 and the bigger, A350-9 six months later. Boeing's 787-8 enters service in 2008.
Boeing's arguments :
Moving the crew rest below the cockpit as Airbus did on the A350 eats up valuable cargo space.
The A350 is based on the A330, an airplane designed 15 years ago. And while the A350 would use the 787 engines, they'll be adapted to the A330
platform, so you won't get the efficiency of a totally integrated design.
After claiming a 12 per cent lower fuel consumption per trip in December 2004, Airbus reformulated the gain in May 2005 as being 15 per cent less sfc
by the GEnx against the CF6-80E1. It also said the A350 would have 15 per cent less maintenance costs.
The A350 still offers a maximum of operational commonality with the current A330/A340 line - including Common Type Rating with the A330. It will also
be certified as a variant of the A330.
Boeing's 787-8 is designed to offer a 30 percent improvement in operating economics over the 767 it replaces, thanks to new engines from General
Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce Plc and to extensive use of lighter-weight composite materials.
It's a heavier airplane, and has higher operating costs than the 787. And the systems being used in the A350, again, like the A330, were designed 15
And because this is basically an A330 derivative, you're going to get the A330 passenger experience, based on a 1970s design cross section.
On the other hand, from your first moment on board the 787 you'll notice a difference - open space designed in a way you may never have seen before.
The mood lighting in the cabin also considered. It can change intensity and color with the time of day. Even the huge luggage bins are going to make
your experience more comfortable. You'll never have to stress out about overhead space for your stuff.
That all adds up to getting where you're going feeling relaxed and refreshed.
And what's the comfort level on the A350/A330? Same old, same old.
Please keep out nationalistic feelings and judge the two by merit
[edit on 3-6-2005 by Stealth Spy]