Airbus stresses it won't change the A350XWB design again--in spite of Emirates favoring a different fuselage concept--and experienced a boost in confidence from a large order by Qatar Airways last week. But after visiting the Boeing 787 final assembly line, Emirates President Tim Clark said that "fuselage barrels are the way forward. That's not to say that the Airbus approach is flawed, but I'm of the opinion that it represents an interim step and they will move to the barrel approach ...


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