In this article by FT, it is stated that Emirates Airline dropped the contract for 70 A350s last month partly because of concerns about the aircraft’s weight, and therefore its fuel consumption.
“Although the prototype A350s doing test flights are 3 tonnes heavier than the specification of the midsized version of the aircraft, Mr Brégier said this would not be an issue with the jets delivered to customers, adding: «We will deliver . . . the performance we guaranteed to our customers.»”
In the article there is available an interview with Airbus CEO Mr. Brégier who answers to many questions concerning the A380 and the A330neo too.
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