Airbus Targets Late Summer 2014 For A350 Certification

By Jens Flottau
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
October 28, 2013
Credit: Airbus

Airbus seems to have one ambitious goal for its A350 program: two-prong growth. First, by expanding production capacity to better cope with the strong demand. And second, by expanding the aircraft itself to a 400-seat version.

With 756 firm orders in hand nearly a year ahead of the aircraft's likely entry into service, Airbus knows the marketplace is interested. And following a several-year weak phase caused by the redesign of the A350-1000, sales for the stretched version are also picking up, underlining what can be described as a more general trend toward larger twins.

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