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The A350XWB is positioned to compete with the 777 more than with the 787
There is a general consensus that the 787 will be more efficient than the A350.
The problem is of curse that the A350 is going to be delayed until 2014 a very close date to the Y3 programme launch.
Originally posted by waynos
This is one order I would be very surprised to see Airbus win. I've always felt that this was the one contract that the 747-8I would take for sure, I also expect the 787 to win the other part of the deal.
Originally posted by carcharodon
The 747-8 uses the same engines as the 787, the GE GenEx, therefore any pollution or noise issues should be non existant.
Boeing is designing the 747-8 to meet the London Quota Count (QC) 2 metric, which dictates operating hours both into, and out of, London-area airports based on noise levels. The 747-8 will meet the noise requirements for QC 2 classification on both Arrivals and Departures, and also has a significant chance of achieving the next lower classification level (QC 1) for Arrival. This will allow operation at the major London airports without a noise-imposed curfew.
Designed to operate out of any airport where today’s largest aircraft can, using shorter runways and generating half the noise, the A380 complies with some of the world’s strictest noise restrictions (QC1 for landing and QC2 for take off at London’s Heathrow), reinforcing the A380’s growing recognition as the quietest large aircraft in the world.
In contrast to new materials systems such as fiber-reinforced
composites, low density Al alloys do not require large capital investments by the aircraft producer in new
fabricating facilities. This cost savings can more than offset the greater performance increment, which
composites may offer, resulting in Al-Li alloys being substantially more cost effective than composites in some
Seeing that terrible landing of their big-daddy with all the eggs in that basket suggested to me the possibility of a design flaw.
but why are they not flying the proto-type around for publicity.
Go Boeing !!
Airbus has also sharply revised down its profit targets for the A380 project, saying it will now have to sell 420 planes to break even instead of 270 as previously announced.
"We are convinced that these problems relate to industrialisation issues at Airbus and will be remedied, and in no way relate to the technical capacity of the A380."
Originally posted by waynos
Airbus has just revealed huge new orders which, they hope, signals the start of the company's fortunes changing massively.
China Aviation Supplies has signed up for 150 A320 family aircraft and 20 A350XWB's while a new, Ohio based, start up operator called Skybus has signed for 65 A319's, this represents one of Airbus' biggest ever single orders from the USA.