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Boeing Live Event Coverage

Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates covers top industry events to bring you the latest news, highlighting how it impacts Boeing and its competitors.

July 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

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Airbus sales chief John Leahy tours the 787, takes another dig

At the Farnborough Air Show Tuesday, Airbus sales chief John Leahy, along with Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier, toured the Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner that is flying this week.

After disembarking, a reporter asked Leahy what he thought of the Dreamliner.

Leahy cannot let such an opportunity pass without putting in a word for his forthcoming rival jet, the A350, and at the same time taking a little dig at Boeing's baby.
2012 Leahy and Bregier on 787.jpg

"The interior is lovely," Leahy responded. "It's the same interior we'll put in my A350. Except this is a little bit smaller."

The A350 indeed has a slightly wider fuselage than the 787, prompting Leahy in 2006 to begin marketing it as the A350XWB -- for "extra-wide body."

The largest member of the Airbus jet family, the A350-1000 actually competes against the 777, not the 787. The 777 cabin is wider than that of the A350.

(Above right, John Leahy takes a last look at Boeing's 787 as he and his boss Fabrice Bregier descend to the tarmac at Farnborough. My photo.)

(On the jump: The Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner against a threatening Farnborough sky. My photo.)