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 June 2018.

A350-800 A350-900 A350-1000 Totals
Orders 714 168 882
Deliveries 179  3 182
Operational 179  3 182

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 June 2018

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

A350-800 A350-900 A350-1000
  ORD DEL OP ORD DEL OP ORD DEL OP
Exec and Private Jets        1          
Aercap (leasing)       20  17        
Aer Lingus        9          
Aeroflot       14          
AFRIQIYAH AIRWAYS       10           
Air Asia x       10          
Air Cariabes            2    
Air China       10          
Air France       21          
Air Lease Corporation       16  5   9    
Air Mauritius          2      
Alafco       12   6        
A350-800 A350-900 A350-1000
  ORD DEL OP ORD DEL OP ORD DEL OP
Asiana Airlines     21  5  5 9    
British Airways             18     
Cathay Pacific       26  20  22 20 1
1
China Airlines       14  13  13      
China Eastern       20          
China Southern 20
C.I.T.       14  4        
Delta Airlines       25   11  11      
ETHIOPIAN Airlines       22  7  9      
Etihad Airlines       40      22     
Finnair       19  11  11      
French BEE 2
GROUPE DUBREUIL       1 1
       
Hong Kong Airlines       15     4      
Iberia       16 1  1      
A350-800 A350-900 A350-1000
  ORD DEL OP ORD DEL OP ORD DEL OP
Iran Air 16
Japan Airlines       18     13    
KLM       7          
Kuwait Airways       10          
Latam Airlines Brazil  6
Latam Airlines Group       15  8    12    
Libyan Airlines                
Lufthansa       25  11  11      
Malaysia Airlines 5
Philippine Airlines       6 1
 1      
Qatar Airways       39 25 27  37  2  2
Scandinavian Airlines       8          
Singapore Airlines       67  21  21      
Sri Lankan Airlines                
Synergy Aerospace       10          
Thai International       4  4  12      
Turkish Airlines 25
United Airlines       45          
Vietnam Airlines (Aercap)       10  8 12      
Virgin Atlantic           8    
Yemenia Yemen Airways       10           
Undisclosed       25   2
1
   
Totals     714  179  179  168  3  3
ORD DEL OP ORD DEL OP ORD DEL OP
A350-800 A350-900 A350-1000

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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