IT WILL BE A STEP AHEAD OF THE 787 and a generation ahead of the 777" was the bold claim by then-CEO Christian Streiff when Airbus announced its proposed A350 XWB in July. But aside from a supportive, and highly conditional, commitment from Singapore Airlines for 20 and an order in January from Pegasus Aviation Finance for two, carriers have not rushed to embrace the third iteration of the A350, which received industrial launch last Dec. 1. By then, of course, Streiff had yielded the stage ...

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