Emirates places firm order for 50 A350 XWBs at Dubai Airshow
- A Monitor Report 18 Nov, 2019 | 1356 Views|-+
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates and Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus signed the deal on behalf of their respective organisations
Dubai: Emirates placed a firm order for 50 A350-900 XWB aircraft worth USD 16 billion at list prices at the Dubai Airshow 2019, the carrier announced today. The delivery of the first Emirates A350 XWB is expected in May 2023 and will continue until 2028.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates signed the deal with Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus.
This purchase agreement replaces the heads of agreement signed in February where Emirates announced its intent to purchase 30 A350s and 40 A330neos.
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.”
“Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment,” he added.
The A350 will enable Emirates to serve a range of new markets, not only in the region but also on long-haul missions of up to 15 hours of flying time from Dubai. Emirates intends to equip its A350s with its latest products and offer different cabin configurations including Premium Economy.
Emirates currently operates an all wide-body fleet of modern aircraft, comprising the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777.