The new Airbus twin engine is currently labeled as “A350-8000”. It is able to seat 400 people, 4 shy of the largest seated twin engine carrier, the Boeing 777-9. The fight for the best largest twin engine commercial jet is on. Airbus currently holds the title for the world’s largest passenger airliner with the double Decker A380.
Boeing’s 777-9 has been on crushing it with over 250 orders since 2013. These orders were placed from airlines in the likes of: Emirates, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, and Qatar Airways. Many airlines in the Middle East have gone with Boeing’s 777-9. Airbus hopes to tap into that market with their A350-8000.
Airbus industries is seeking airlines to feature it’s A350-8000 by extending seat capacity and much better “seat mile economics”. They plan on focusing on airlines that require “high-capacity, long-range” carriers. The A350-8000 was designed to hold 40 more seats compared to it’s A350, which only holds 360. Also, the A350-8000 allows for airlines to stay with a higher capacity jet without upgrading to the much larger four-engine, double Decker A380.
“If you build it, they will come.”, is not as easy as it sounds. You cannot just expand, stretch, and add more seats to an aircraft. You need to make sure that the engines will be able to produce and perform at high conditions. This seems to be the biggest concern for Airbus. They need to work with Rolls-Royce to develop a new engine platform for their A350-1000.
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