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A350 derivatives delayed by up to two years

20-Jun-2011 11:45 AM

Airbus reportedly slowed development and deliveries of two derivatives of the A350 XWB by up to two years, to incorporate additional modifications due to customer feedback (MarketWatch, 16-Jun-2011). The manufacturer is maintaining the initial 2013 delivery schedule for the A350-900, but has pushed back the timetable for the smaller A350-800 from 2014 to 2016 and for the larger A350-1000 from 2015 to mid-2017. Airbus and Rolls-Royce announced they will jointly develop the A350-1000 with more powerful Trent XWB engines, offering extra thrust with an increased aircraft take-off weight of 308 tonnes, enhancing the aircraft’s capabilities.