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.