Fri, Jan 12, 2007
Comes From EADS Missile Development Program
More signs of progress for Airbus Industrie's revised A350XWB
airliner... as the European planemaker Thursday chose Didier Evrard
to oversee the airliner's development program. Evrard is the
53-year-old head of a missile development program for parent
company EADS, and starts his new duties immediately.
Bloomberg reports EADS expects to spend about $15.4 billion
developing three versions of the A350XWB. That includes some
equipment which will be used for future models.
Airbus already reports orders from 10 new customers for the
A350, even while its planned configuration has morphed from a
modified A330-derived design, to an entirely new, composite-bodied
Orders placed for the original configuration remain subject to
The A350XWB is an attempt by Airbus to come up with an answer to
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. The project is launching at a time when
its big brother, the A380 super-jumbo, is two years behind its
Studies by Airbus indicate the market for medium-sized aircraft
is worth $60 billion annually.
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