Airbus hopes this new jet is the 777 killer.
The A350 is Airbus’s technologically advanced answer to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Instead of a direct competitor, the A350 series spans the gap between the 787 and larger 777. Now, Airbus is getting closer to flying the new Airbus A350-1000. The largest of the A350 series, the -1000 can comfortably carry 366 passengers in a typical three class layout.
The A350-1000 features massive Rolls Royce Trent XWB-97 engines that can each produce up to 97,000 lbs of thrust. The new Airbus will be able to fly over 8,000nm non-stop. Airbus currently has 181 orders for their twin-engined ‘flagship’ jet (the A380 being Airbus’s actual flagship aircraft). United Airlines is the only US customer that has committed to the aircraft.
The A350-1000 is scheduled to fly later this year with first delivery in mid-2017.