Long-haul flagship

The A350-1000 will be Airbus’ highest-capacity airliner once A380 production ends.
A Doumenjou/Airbus

With the A350 now Airbus’ flagship long-haul airliner after the company axed the A380, there is likely to be renewed attention on the potential future evolution of the European twin-jet as it becomes the company’s highest-capacity, longest-range product. Airbus last year ruled out stretching the A350-1000, the largest current A350 variant, in the short term. The company had assessed a new variant dubbed the A350-2000 with more capacity (reportedly above 400 seats) and an increased maximum take-off weight, but while the manufacturer said such an aircraft is technically feasible it shelved the concept for the time being.

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