Podcast: Airbus, the A350 and other musings from Toulouse

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I was in Toulouse this week, along with Joe Anselmo and Jens Flottau, for the annual Airbus Innovation Days, which are normally two days of briefings from senior Airbus executives. But this week’s formalities kicked off with an announcement by Airbus that Emirates has cancelled its order for 70 A350s. The next day, we went flying in MSN2, the second A350 test aircraft. In between we got updates on the various new engine options, both planned and proposed. You can read our updates on the A320neo, A330neo and A380neo online.

In this week’s Check 6 podcast, recorded at Airbus’ delivery center in Toulouse, I talked to Jens and Joe about what implications the Emirates cancellation could have on the A350 program. Some of you have speculated here on aviationweek.com that Emirates could be looking at the Boeing 747-8i instead, but Jens explains why that’s unlikely.

We also discuss the progress of the A320neo and its slice of the total narrowbody pie. Finally, is a bubble really brewing?

Don’t forget, you can subscribe to the Check 6 podcast on iTunes. Thanks for listening in.

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