Las 9/Marh, John Leahy, COO customer of Airbus, presented at ISTAT. Regarding the A350 XWB, these are some phrases summarized by Leeham News and comment.
“We want to put our money in R&D. We don’t want to finance customers. 50% of all aircraft are now being financed by lessors, either through direct purchase or sale-leasebacks.”
The example is the first A350s delivered to Qatar and Finnair that has been financed by GECAS.
“We’ve looked at stretching the A350-1000 but it’s not obvious to us the market is screaming for it. Boeing added 35t for 35 extra seats for 777-9. A350-1000 has lower risk. If you do need those extra seats, we build the A380.”
Source: Lee Halford
“Airbus will deliver 10-15 A350s this year. Going slow to get it right. It’s the most mature airplane we have ever delivered.”
Based on the article “ISTAT: John Leahy: No bubble for at least the next five years” published in Leeham News and comment