If the information is true, then it is probably a consequence of recent production/assembly delays in Spirit facilities. I wonder whether the issue is only with their Saint-Nazaire assembly facility, or whether production in the US is part of the problem.
"(Reuters) - Airline holding company International Airlines Group could order Airbus' new A350 long-range aircraft for its British Airways arm as soon as this week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The exact number of planes to be ordered and the potential value of the contract were still under discussion with the talks mainly centered on the A350-1000, the largest aircraft in the A350 range, the WSJ said on its website citing two people familiar with the talks."
Why not wait till Le Bourget? Either way, I think we're in for a widebody bonanza at this year's show.
The company expects to achieve first flight of its A350 jet in "the coming three months," Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier said in the sidelines of a groundbreaking ceremony for a $600 million Airbus factory in Mobile.
April, May, June...
Leahy said he expects to see "80 or so orders being booked for the A350" in 2013.
The IAG order seems to be a done deal. Who else are we looking at? Lufthansa? Japan Airlines? Turkish Airlines?
Also, is it any hint that they are going to add another A350 FAL as talked about?
"Bregier says lithium-ion batteries are still attractive for aviation because they weigh less for the same power, but that putting them on Airbus planes may come two years or more down the road. He says he there are too many uncertainties surrounding the new batteries.
"I'm on the safe side. I'm not saying Boeing is not on the safe side – this is not up to me. This is (up) to FAA and other agencies," Bregier says."