Qatar Airways CEO is not alone when expecting Airbus to launch a “A350-1100”.
Boeing marketing vice-president Mike Tinseth expect Airbus to add a further, large derivative to its A350 widebody family.
“Based on the A350-1000, it would be hard to believe they wouldn´t do something” he said.
Tinseth labeled the in-development A350-1000 a “disaster”, arguing it has “compromised” engines and wings.
This, he said, is partly down to the decision to increase thrust through changes in the Trent XWB engine core without enlargement of the powerplant´s nacelle when Airbus redesigned the variant in 2011.
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“I don´t think they can live long with being outsold … in that segment”, said Tinseth.
But he believes that a A350-1100 would not pose a threat, because such a move would be “something we contemplated early in the 777X development process”.
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At the Paris Air show, Airbus COO Customers John Leahy said the A350-900 was not the programs centre of reference, with it´s middle point moving “toward A350-1000”.