Airbus A350 vs Boeing B787 | WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? |

Airbus made available its first A350 XWB interior this week, and we thought you'd like a chance to compare it with the interior of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. The two are more similar than different, with both featuring high ceilings and multicolored LED lighting to give a sense of space, and large stowage bins for passengers' carry-on bags. Both fuselages are built from composites, allowing higher humidity levels and higher interior air pressure at altitude, which increases passenger comfort. The Airbus interior is arguably a shade more conservative, because it offers neither the extra-large windows nor the distinctive elevated ceiling of the Dreamliner's "foyer," where passengers enter. The Airbus is a slightly larger aircraft, hence the "XWB" after the name, standing for "extra wide body." But actually the Airbus interior, 221 inches across, is only 5 inches wider than the Boeing aircraft. We compared three views side-by-side — window perspective, business class, economy class — in the photos with this piece. We also included a photo of the 787 foyer. Of course the colors, seats and layouts used by customer airlines make a huge difference, so these aren't a straight-across comparison. Take a look and see what you think, and if the interior differences matter to you. Here's an interactive web page for the Airbus A350 XWB and another for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, so you can explore for yourself. Passenger response weighs significantly in airlines' order decisions, although of course it's only one factor. So far Boeing's 1,031 total orders for 787s remain significantly ahead of the 812 orders for the Airbus A350, partly because the Boeing aircraft had a several-year lead time. Steve Wilhelm covers manufacturing, aerospace and trade for the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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