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  • What's Happening With The Airbus A350-1000?
    Posted by Robert Wall 12:33 PM on Nov 15, 2011

    Is Airbus reconsidering its design changes for the A350-1000 now that 50% of the customers for the type have expressed their misgivings? Apparently not.

    Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker says he is unhappy with the design changes Airbus has made to the aircraft. That echoes the view at Emirates, where airline president Tim Clark is also dismayed Airbus made the changes without really consulting its customers. Qatar and Emirates each have orders for 20 of the aircraft (Etihad and Asiana are the others). Both indicate they may shift the orders to another type.

    Al Baker says "Airbus is still developing that airplane" and expects changes.

    But that's not the view in Toulouse. Airbus chief operating officer for customers, John Leahy, defends the configuration, arguing it has greater range and payload than the 777-300ER and offers 25% lower fuel burn. He plans no changes but says maybe the aircraft maker needs to do a better job explaining to customers what they are getting.

    The final chapter in this saga has likely not been written.

    Tags: tw99, dubai11, Airbus

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