The Airbus A350-1000 seats 366 people and directly competes with Boeing’s profitable 777. The first A350-1000 was handed over to the Gulf carrier, joining the smaller A350-900, which has been in service for three years.
But nothing seems logical in the field of new aircraft sales and the final deal price may bear no relation to the published 'retail' price list, Boeing report sales of the 777-300ER have picked up, enabling Boeing to steal a march on the A350-1000 with an upgraded 777X boasting over 400 seats.
Last year some thirty-two 777-300ERs (the extended range variant ) were sold by Boeing, however there was just one single order for the A350-1000. Industry sources suggest that some airlines may downgrade A350-1000 orders to the 325-seat A350-900. Watch this space...
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