Two More Customers Drop The A350-800XWB

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A look at Airbus' January 2014 orders & deliveries report reveals that two more customers have switched from the A350-800XWB to the larger A350-900XWB model. ILFC switched its remaining six A350-800XWBs on order to the A350-900XWB model while Libyan Arab Airlines did the same for its remaining four aircraft. This bring the total number of A350-800XWBs on order to 46 among just six customers.

In addition, Gulf Air cancelled two of its A319s on order, leaving it with a backlog of just one. CIT also cancelled an A319 as well as two A320s.

Airbus secured orders for 10 aircraft in January, consisting of:

American Airlines (7 A321s)
Libyan Airlines (2 A350-900XWBs)
Tibet Airlines (1 A319)

Taking cancellations into account, net orders for Airbus for January is five.

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on Jun 26, 2014

WOW did the press forget that Airlines cancellations are nothing new to the airline business

Has everyone forgotten about the 114 cancellation of 787-8 by several airlines

Boeing track recorder on 787-8 and 747-8 program has been well document in the press

The 747-8 was start in 2005 with 120 orders and 68 delivery to date

The A350 was started in 2005 with 812 orders for the passenger version and 118 orders for freighter version and ONE Airline has cancel its orders for 70 A350 since 2005
The A350 is in production, in flight test, and has flown at the Airshow in 2013 and 2014 and will be delivery in 2016
The 777-X, 787-10 and 737MAx are still on the drawing board and may go into flight test in 2020

on Aug 19, 2014

The A350-800 might be reincarnated as the A350-1000SL. A light weight low MTOW A350-1000 with -900 wing, landing gear and engines is already designed by Airbus one time and can be optimized further, before redesigning the -1000 to todays 777-300ER challanger. If this 5-7hrs range aircraft is what Mr. Clark wants for 250MUSD/ea and he orders 50-75 of them let him have it they way he likes it...
He will come back and specify an all carbon 777-9 replacement as well if Airbus lets him explain. Most likely a brand new carbon wing 80m span on a stretched A350-1000 with RR Advance engines.

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