Airbus is unimpressed—at least officially—by Boeing’s soon-to-be launched 777X, with Chief Operating Officer-Customers John Leahy dismissing the proposed widebody as a “very heavy paper aircraft.” Leahy, speaking at the Paris air show, argued that Boeing “will discover that a derivative will not compete with a clean-sheet design (the A350),” and that he saw no need for Airbus to react with a counterproposal to the 777-9X. With a nominal capacity of 400 seats in a three-class ...

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