Summary of Airbus A350 Deliveries and A350 Orders as of October 2021.
For each new aircraft model that is brought to production, a launch airline customer must be found. This can be a complex arrangement and relationship as the airline wants to produce an aircraft that is as attractive to the general market as possible. The success of this can be seen in the Airbus A350 Deliveries and A350 Orders below.
The launch airline has extensive input to the finished product while at the same time being able to negotiate a favourable price for their order. The risk, and therefore the reason that the launch carrier can negotiate such a favourable unit price for their order is that there can be delays. New technology and the Airbus A350 XWB is no different, and so far untried new methods can lead to delays when things don’t go to plan. A very obvious example of this was the launch of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner which ran into all sorts of problems and led to extensive delays.
Qatar Airways was the launch customer for both variants of the A350. The first of course was the A350-900 which was delivered on 22 December 2014. This was followed by the A350-1000 which was delivered on 20 February 2018. This A350-1000 was the first to be fitted with the revolutionary new Qsuite seats, a new innovation in Business Class seat that makes up into a double bed.
A detailed list of Airbus A350 Orders and A350 Deliveries as of October 2021.
(ORD = On Order, DEL=Delivered, OP=In Operation)
|Govt. Exec and Private Jets||5||4||3|
|Air Lease Corporation||20||12||10||2|
|Hong Kong Airlines||3||3||2|
|Latam Airlines Group||13||13||2|
|Sri Lankan Airlines||4|
|Vietnam Airlines (Aercap)||10||10||14|
|Yemenia Yemen Airways||10|
|November / 21||
Variations with last month.
Airbus A350-900 748 reduced by 1 to 747
Airbus A350-1000 165 increased by 1 to 166
Airbus A350-900 deliveries increased from 387 to 389.
Airbus A350-1000 deliveries static since last month at 56.
Airbus A350-900 2 more joined airline fleets from 387 to 389.
Airbus A350-1000 no more joined airline fleets this month, steady at 56.
Government and Private Jets moved from 3 in fleet to 5.
Air Mauritius changed from 2 in fleet to 4. Their full order.
Asiana’s A350-1000 order increased from 8 to 9.
China Eastern added another A350-900 to in fleet from 10 to 11.
Delta now have one more A350-900 in fleet from 23 to 24.
Japan Airlines also added another A350-900 to in fleet from 12 to 13.
Undisclosed A350-900 operational in fleet dropped from 10 to 7.
In short, it is a calculated risk. With a good outcome, however, there is prestige and exposure to be gained. See below for details of the first deliveries for each variant.
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