The Airbus A350-800 has lost half of its firm orders since 2009 and appears to be commercially the weakest member of the new long-haul aircraft family. But Airbus nonetheless still plans to build it. The big question is: Have airlines canceled their orders because they realize they need more capacity, or because the performance is no longer what they expected it to be? After all, Airbus redesigned the -800 in 2009 to make it a relatively simple shrink of the -900 baseline, a move that ...


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