Only headline from Day 4 from the Dubai Air Show – with Emirates placing a follow-on order for Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
The airline has signed an order for an additional 15 A350-900s at the Dubai Airshow, taking its total order to 65 aircraft of the type.
The first A350 is scheduled to join Emirates’ fleet in August 2024, and with today’s additional orders, Emirates will receive A350 deliveries until early 2028.
Including its order for 95 additional Boeing aircraft on Monday, Emirates will have a total order book of 310 wide-body aircraft.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group said
“The A350-900s will add to our fleet mix and we are pleased to announce additional orders for this aircraft type. We plan to deploy our A350s to serve a range of new markets including long-haul missions of up to 15 hours flying time from Dubai. We will work closely with Airbus and Rolls-Royce to ensure our aircraft deliver the best possible operating efficiency and flying experience for our customers.”
“Emirates’ orders this week are all carefully planned to support our future growth and the Dubai economic vision set out by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Emirates experience is often the first visitor experience of Dubai – and we want it to be the best.
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International said:
“With this agreement we mark another solid step forward in the long standing relationship agreement between Emirates and Airbus. A relationship founded on a pursuit of innovation, efficiency and operational excellence. Just as the A380 established itself at the heart of Emirates operations, we are equally proud of what the A350 will do in the years to come.”
But no A350-1000 for now…
There’s been a bit of frothing over the A350-1000 and a lack of order due to engine performance. with them noting Rolls-Royce’s issues over engine durability in the region’s hot and sandy conditions and rebuttals to go with it.
As we close out the Dubai Air Show with one more day to go, it seems we’ve passed the big order phase of the show.
Unless someone pulls something out of the bag on the final day of the show.
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