Industry Emirates orders 50 Airbus A350 XWB at Dubai Airshow 2019

On Dubai Air Show 2019, Emirates Airline and Airbus have announced, that the carrier has signed a deal for 50 firm A350 XWBs long-haul aircraft.

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Over the course of a singing ceremony at Dubai Air Show, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer inked the firm deal for 50 A350-900 aircraft. The order was made public as Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier this year.

HH Sheikh Ahmed said: “Today, we are pleased to sign a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. This follows a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans. It is Emirates’ long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft, and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB.

Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer added: “We are honoured by Emirates’ strong vote of confidence in our newest widebody aircraft, taking our partnership to the next level. The A350 will bring unbeatable economics and environmental benefits to their fleet […] We look forward to seeing the A350 flying in Emirates colours!”

Sheikh Ahmed concluded: “This deal reflects our confidence in the future of the UAE’s aviation sector, and is a strong affirmation of Dubai’s strategy to be a global nexus connected to cities, communities and economies via a world-class and modern aviation sector [...] Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub.”

This order for the A350 also means, that Emirates has weakened its interest in the A330neo. However, the airline is still considering purchasing either the A330neo or Boeing 787-10. Emirates is in talks both with Airbus and Boeing over new orders. Earlier this year, the carrier announced it would reduce its A380 orders.

Emirates Airline is a carrier from the United Arab Emirates and was founded in October 1985. Currently, the fleet measures 269 aircraft, including 113 Airbus A380-800s, 21 Boeing 777-200s and 134 777-300s.

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