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Old October 25th, 2019, 03:49 PM   #3241
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Old November 1st, 2019, 06:21 AM   #3242
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SAA got their first a350. And the confusion is finally cleared, they are getting 4 a350s in total: 2 coming from Hainan, 2 from Air Mauritius.

Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...e-four-461936/
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Old November 1st, 2019, 10:41 PM   #3243
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SAA got their first a350. And the confusion is finally cleared, they are getting 4 a350s in total: 2 coming from Hainan, 2 from Air Mauritius.

Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...e-four-461936/


Wonderful. Those are the A359s, yes? Hopefully, SAA will conduct extensive testing of that aircraft type to ensure those can replace their aging A346 aircraft very soon and those can operate efficiently from JNB, a well-known hot and high airport. Maybe if those can be rotated between HKG/CAN, LHR, and ATL, if not also IAD or JFK...
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Old November 6th, 2019, 05:58 PM   #3244
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Old November 18th, 2019, 11:39 AM   #3245
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Emirates Airline orders 50 A350XWB at Dubai Airshow 2019



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Airbus and Emirates Airline have signed a purchase agreement for 50 A350-900s - Airbus’ newest generation widebody aircraft.

The order was signed at Dubai Airshow 2019 by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer.
https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/pres...show-2019.html
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Old November 18th, 2019, 05:53 PM   #3246
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- We want the a350
- We don't want the a350 anymore
- We want the 787
- We are not sure about the 787
- We want the a330neo (and maybe a few a350)
- Finally we are going back to our very first choice

What a drama! If I'm Airbus I would ask for a very high down payment.
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Old December 4th, 2019, 01:17 PM   #3247
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Really smells like next time we hear about United's a350 order, it's a cancellation :/ The new livery would look stunning on the a350.

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United Airlines is deferring its order for 45 Airbus A350-900s to 2027.

Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...o-2027-462669/
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Old December 4th, 2019, 02:15 PM   #3248
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I wouldn't be surprised if they traded it for T1000s on a future batch of 787s, but with the T1000 reliability still questionable it's highly likely.

Although I'm told 2027 ties in nicely with the retirement of the 777-200s that just got Polaris.
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Old December 4th, 2019, 05:54 PM   #3249
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2027 is when an A350neo with a non RR engine might finally be in service, otherwise for United it is 45 cancellations in effect.

That is almost 10% of the remaining A350 ORDER book.
That is = half of all orders for an A350 in the past 4 years....wiped out.

How many more of the 600 'remaining' orders will be made conditional on a neo programme in 4 or 5 years???
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What a drama! If I'm Airbus I would ask for a very high down payment.
My guess is that Airbus currently just keeps Emirates on board until all their remaining A380's are delivered (and paid).

After that, I guess the stance will become harder and if they don't like Airbus' terms and specifications, Airbus will politely reply to EK to look for another aircraft supplier.
Boeing hasn't that much credit with Emirates either: 777X deliveries will certainly be delayed, and it remains to be seen if a PIP package from GE will improve 787-9 (or future 787-10) operations in hot-and-high areas..
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Old December 5th, 2019, 12:50 AM   #3251
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2027 is when an A350neo with a non RR engine might finally be in service, otherwise for United it is 45 cancellations in effect.

That is almost 10% of the remaining A350 ORDER book.
That is = half of all orders for an A350 in the past 4 years....wiped out.

How many more of the 600 'remaining' orders will be made conditional on a neo programme in 4 or 5 years???
Not all bad news: with the present surge in A330neo orders I strongly suspect Airbus will raise the delivery rate back to 7 aircraft/month, and lower A350 delivery rates to stretch-out the order book over a longer period.

In the meantime, mid-2021 will mark the end of the A380, and the R&D team of that programme will be reassigned to the A350neo.

I guess the A350neo will get 2 engine choices: RR certainly wants to keep its advantage and existing customer base on the current A350. But they may have to give up the 787 since they cannot cope with its existing incarnation, let alone the future, re-engined or at least evolved version.

The other contender will be P&W. They may feel comfortable now just only delivering narrowbody engines (GTF), but if they want to remain relevant in the widebody domain they need this project badly. No new widebody was delivered with P&W engines since 2017 (A330-300, msn 1793).
Problem for PW is that they need a complete new design, a scaled-up GTF won't just cut it.

GE will remain probably sidelined, very comfortable with both 777X and 787 exclusivity, while also enjoying narrowbody success with the LEAP in the A320neo, the C919 and if it ever gets off the ground again, the 737 MAX.
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