Airbus is pre-marketing a new concept, a 400 seat stretched version of the A350, tentatively dubbed the A350-8000. This new model would compete directly with the 406 seat 777-9.  According to John Leahy, the new model would have similar capacity and range as the 777-9 with substantially lower seat-mile costs.

Our analysis of the Super Twin market in 2013 projected that it would become a competitive necessity for Airbus to match the 777-9 in seating capacity to more effectively compete in this market. It appears that Airbus is now moving aggressively in that direction.

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