Emirates cancels Airbus A350

Airbus A350XWB MSN2 test aircraft's maiden flight (Image © S. Ramadier / Airbus)
Breaking away: Emirates cancels Airbus A350 order. (Image © S. Ramadier / Airbus)

It’s not always about major aircraft orders; every once in a while, it’s order cancellations that make the headlines, and this time it’s Emirates’ turn with the Airbus A350. The airline has cancelled an entire order of 70 Airbus A350 aircraft, which is a major setback for the Airbus people in Toulouse.

In 2007, Emirates placed an order for 50 A350-900 and 20 A350-1000 airliners for 16 billion USD, but now the company states a ‘fleet requirement review’ has changed things. Emirates may now rely even more on the Airbus A380, a type that is in heavy use with the company. The airline is also looking at the Boeing 777X.

The Emirates A350 order equaled about ten percent of total Airbus A350 orders. In a statement, Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy said the Emirates A350 cancellation is  “not the world’s greatest news.” Airbus however also says it’s confident if wil sell the production slots to other customers.

Emirates’s first A350 was supposed to enter service in 2019. The very first A350 will enter service with Qatar Airways later this year.

© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Elmer van Hest