Airbus has decided to push back by two years the entry into service of two future versions of its long-range A350-900 XWB, a wide-bodied aircraft that it plans to start delivering to customer airlines in late 2015, according to a report to be published in Friday’s edition of La Tribune.
Citing sources, the report says Airbus now plans first deliveries of the smaller A350-800 and the stretched A350-1000 in 2016 and 2017, respectively, instead of 2014 and 2015 as previously planned, and that an announcement will be made during the Paris Air Show that starts June 20.
La Tribune says Airbus will use the extra time to improve the A350-800 in line with customer feedback. For the A350-1000, and at the request of Gulf airline customers, Rolls-Royce is developing a more powerful engine that will extend the plane’s range by 400 nautical miles and allow it to carry heavier cargo loads and compete head-on with Boeing’s (BA) long-range 777-300.
Source : MarketWatch
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