Airbus A350 Deliveries and A350 Orders

Airbus A350 Deliveries and A350 Orders

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Airbus A350 Orders and Deliveries.

Summary of Airbus A350 Deliveries and A350 Orders as at January 2019.

Deliveries226 14240
Operational226 14240

For each new aircraft model that is brought to production, a launch airline customer must be found.  This can be a complex arrangement and relationship as the airline wants to produce an aircraft that is attractive to the general market as possible.

The launch airline has extensive input to the finished product while at the same time being able to negotiate a favourable price for their order.   The risk, and therefore the reason that the launch carrier can negotiate such a favourable unit price for their order is that there can be delays.  New technology and the Airbus A350 XWB is no different, and so far untried new methods can lead to delays when things don’t go to plan.  A very obvious example of this was the launch of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner which ran into all sorts of problems and led to extensive delays.

Qatar Airways was the launch customer for both variants of the A350. The first of course was the A350-900 which was delivered on 22 December 2014. This was followed by the A350-1000 which was delivered on 20 February 2018. This A350-1000 was the first to be fitted with the revolutionary new Qsuite seats, a new innovation in Business Class seat that makes up into a double bed.

Detailed list of Airbus A350 Orders and A350 Deliveries as at September 2018

(ORD = On Order, DEL=Delivered, OP=In Operation)

Govt. Exec and Private Jets    1     
Aercap (leasing)   20 20    
Aer Lingus    9     
Aeroflot   14     
Air Asia x   10     
Air Cariabes      2  
Air China   10 77
Air France   21     
Air Lease Corporation   16 6 9  
Air Mauritius     2   
Alafco   12  8    
Asiana Airlines  21 6 69  
Aviation Capital Group2
BOC Aviation2
British Airways      18   
Cathay Pacific   26 20 222088
China Airlines   14 14 14   
China Eastern   203
China Southern20
C.I.T.   14 4    
Delta Airlines   25  12 12   
ETHIOPIAN Airlines   22 8 10   
Etihad Airlines   40   22   
Finnair   19 12 12   
French BEE2
Hainan Airlines     2   
Hong Kong Airlines  15 39
Iberia   163 3   
Iran Air16
Japan Airlines   18  13  
KLM   7     
Kuwait Airways   10     
Latam Airlines Brazil 6
Latam Airlines Group   17 113
Libyan Airlines        
Lufthansa   25 12 12   
Malaysia Airlines6
Philippine Airlines   64 4   
Qatar Airways   343032 42 6 6
Scandinavian Airlines   8     
Sichuan Airlines   10 3
Singapore Airlines   67 30 30   
Sri Lankan Airlines        
Synergy Aerospace   10     
Thai International   4 4 12   
Turkish Airlines25
United Airlines   45      
Vietnam Airlines (Aercap)   10 812   
Virgin Atlantic     8  
Yemenia Yemen Airways   10      
Undisclosed   26 2
Totals  724 226 226 170 14 14

In short, it is a calculated risk.  With a good outcome, however, there is prestige and exposure to be gained.  See below for details of first deliveries for each variant.

Qatar management with A350
On 22 December 2014 Qatar Airways took delivery of the world’s first A350XWB. After a handover ceremony in Toulouse, France the first production Airbus A350 XWB departed on its ferry flight to Doha in the company of Qatar’s fourth Airbus A380. Qatar is now the only airline in the world to fly every aircraft family produced by Airbus. The Qatar A350 commenced commercial services in January 2015 on the Doha to Frankfurt route.

If there is more you want to learn about this airliner, please visit A350 XWB Home, A350 XWB Interior, A350 XWB Assembly, A350 XWB Order Book and A350 XWB History.

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