The Airbus A350XWB has been getting a fair bit of interest – especially now it’s show itself off since its first flight (and its 3rd flight took it past the Paris Air Show for a steal).
This is now starting to pay off with SAS (Scandinavian Airline System) signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus – that hopefully will translate into an order for Airbus.
The order will consist of eight A350-900’s and four Airbus A330-300’s, with an option for six A350-900’s.
SAS will be using these aircraft to modernise its long haul fleet, which is currently made up of four A330s and seven A340s. SAS also operates 19 A320 series aircraft, as well as Boeing 737NG’s and others.
The A350’s are due for delivery from 2018.
For SAS, commonality between the A330, A340 and A350 is a good thing as they will be able to save money – and for an airline that last year was on the brink of shutting down, this can only be a good thing.