AIR­LINE OR­DERS

Business Traveler (USA) - - COVER STORY -

At the end of March, Air­bus had or­ders for 778 A350 air­craft, rang­ing from the A350-800 to the A350-1000. More than 40 cus­tomers have been an­nounced, and they in­clude pretty much ev­ery air­line you will have heard of, from Aer Lin­gus, Air France, Bri­tish Air­ways, Fin­nair and Lufthansa, through to Asian Air­lines, and Gulf car­ri­ers such as launch cus­tomer Qatar Air­ways and Eti­had.

Tra­di­tion­ally, US car­ri­ers or­dered Boe­ing air­craft, but in the or­der book for the A350 you’ll Air­ways or­ders with its merger – while United and Delta also added Air­bus to their Boe­ing

It poses stiff com­pe­ti­tion for Boe­ing’s own 787, although, of course, this has its own or­der book of nearly 1,100 and climb­ing.

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