Emirates Cancels A350 Order

 - June 11, 2014, 9:47 AM
Airbus’ A350 XWB took off on June 2 at 9:20 a.m. local time from Toulouse, France, for its first Early Long Flight (ELF), kicking off a campaign to operate the aircraft in typical airline conditions some six months before planned entry into revenue service. (Photo: Airbus)

Emirates Airline has cancelled its order of 70 A350 XWBs, Airbus confirmed on Wednesday. The Dubai-based carrier originally placed the order for 50 A350-900s and 20 A350-1000s in 2007. It had planned to take first delivery in 2019.

The cancellation cuts the volume of Airbus’s firm order backlog for the A350 to 742, roughly a half a year before scheduled entry into service.

“Airbus and Emirates Airline benefit from a long-standing relationship and the airline recently reiterated its confidence in Airbus products particularly by praising the A380 and the benefits the aircraft brings to their operations,” said Airbus in a statement released Wednesday. Airbus and Emirates remain in discussions about the possibility of a new engine choice for the A380. The airline placed an order for 50 more of the double-decker transports at the last Dubai Air Show.

“The A350 flight-test campaign is progressing well and is on track for type certification in the coming months,” added Airbus. “Interest in the game-changing A350 has always been very high with customers. Airbus expects the A350 order book to continue growing in 2014.”

 

June 2017
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has restructured the MRJ development program and built one of the best teams in the industry.