20-Jun-2011 11:45 AM

A350 derivatives delayed by up to two years

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.

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