Airbus 350 and Boeing 787, the competitive modern aircraft of the decade

Airbus and Boeing are among the world’s best aircraft manufacturing companies, ruling out the aerospace industry for many decades with more orders than any other manufacturer. While making aircraft, both manufacturing companies had many rivalries. Whenever Boeing ever made its aircraft, the Airbus would make aircraft capable of competing against it, and vice versa. So the best examples of rivalries are the Airbus 350 and Boeing 787.

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Boeing 787

The Boeing 787, also known as the Dreamliner, is a mid-sized, wide-body aircraft manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The program was launched on April 26, 2004, with an order for 50 from All Nippon Airways to be launched in 2008. On July 8, 2007, the prototype was rolled out without major systems and experienced multiple delays until its maiden flight on December 15, 2009. The first 787-8 was delivered in September 2011 before entering commercial service on October 26, 2011, with ANA. The aircraft was designed to be more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, the Boeing 767, and succeeded in being 20 percent more fuel-efficient.

Boeing 787
Photo: GettY images, United 787

Unlike other aircraft, including the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8i, which were launched in the early 2000s, the Dreamliner’s strong point was not size but performance. Boeing decided to go smaller with the Dreamliner, planning on taking the twin-engine revolution wave that the manufacturer helped launch the Boeing 777, its best-selling aircraft of all time. It was a high-stakes gamble that would determine the future of Boeing in the industry for years to come.

The aircraft used GE GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, making it 20% more fuel-efficient than the 767 engines. All-electric bleed fewer systems are used in these engines, eliminating the need for superheated air ducts generally used for air conditioning, anti-icing, and other…

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