How Airbus A350 went from defeat to victory

Airbus A350 being towed into the Qantas hangar for the order signing ceremony.

The dramatic arrival of the prototype Airbus A350-1000 this week to commemorate the signing of the largest order in Qantas’s 102-year storied history was in stark contrast to one of Airbus’s most humiliating order defeats at the hand of Flying Kangaroo in 2005.

In December that year, Qantas ordered up to 115 Boeing 787s over the initial A350 model which, at the time, was a heavily compromised design dubbed the “Band-Aid 787”.

The A350, which was launched in 2004 to counter the 787, was a mismatch of the existing A330 used by Qantas on domestic and read more ⇒

Source:: AirlineRatings.Com

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