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PARIS: Airbus shelves further A350 stretch

Airbus's management has given its firmest indication that it is shelving a proposed further stretch of the A350.

While the airframer has explored the potential for a stretch beyond the A350-1000 – a proposal loosely dubbed the A350-2000 – it has yet to be convinced of its appeal.

Speaking during a briefing at the Paris air show, Airbus commercial aircraft chief Fabrice Bregier said: "We know we can do it, any time."

But he added, pointedly: "We honestly don't believe the market today is appropriate for it."

The A350-1000 is intended to counter the Boeing 777-300ER and the A350-2000 – still an unofficial designation – had been considered after Boeing opted to stretch its 777 through the 777X programme.

Bregier says, however, that the A350-1000 will be certified in a few months' time, joining the in-service A350-900, and that "all our commercial focus should be put on these two aircraft".

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