Rising from the ashes of the abandoned A330-200Lite, Airbus’ A350 continues to bring the future for both the manufacturer and air travel. Barry Lloyd outlines its success
There seems little doubt that Airbus decided to develop its A350 following the success of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner – even though the manufacturer initially denied this suggestion. However, to compete successfully, a number of factors had to be taken into consideration, the most important of which was range. With the extensive use of carbon composites and titanium, coupled with the ever-increasing efficiency of aircraft engines, improvements in this area have become easily achievable.