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A350-800 backlog shrinks to 34 units


The A350-800 backlog shrinks to just 34 aircraft after Aircraft Purchase Fleet, a company set up especially to finance and acquire Alitalia's aircraft, cancelled 12 A350-800s according to Airbus' March 2014 orders & deliveries report. This was Aircraft Purchase Fleet's last remaining order with Airbus. Only Hawaiian Airlines (6), Yemenia (10), Asiana (8), AWAS (2), and Aeroflot (8) are left with A350-800 orders. It has been reported by Aviation Week that Airbus is encouraging customers to switch to the larger A350 variants.

Also notable in the report is the mysterious move of 10 A380s from Hong Kong Airlines to an undisclosed customer. In addition, Philippine Airlines cancelled five A330-300s. It's believed this cancellation is related to an order for four more A321s placed at the same time.

Lastly, two customers modified their narrowbody orders to include larger variants. AviancaTaca Holding switched five A319s to three A320s and two A321s while Spirit Airlines switched 10 A320s to the larger A321.

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