Airbus May Announce Airbus A350-1100 at Farnborough
According to an article by Bloomberg, Airbus plans to offer airlines an update by the Farnborough Air Show in July on its potential plans to come out with a bigger variant of the A350 wide-body jetliner so it can better challenge the order success of Boeing’s 777X.
The aircraft would offer more seats in three-class configuration than Boeing 777-9, Airbus’s chief salesman John Leahy said in an interview at the Singapore Airshow.
Airbus’s A350-900, introduced in 2014, typically seats 325, with the -1000, due to commence deliveries in 2017, offering 366 berths.
While that’s sufficient to combat existing 777 variants and the upgraded 777-8, the Airbus doesn’t currently have a twin-aisle model to offer the capacity of Boeing’s 777-9, a maximum of 425 people.
Airbus is studying whether there is a big enough market at 30 to 40 seats larger than the current A350-1000, Leahy said.