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Airbus A350 Deliveries and A350 Orders

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Summary of Airbus A350 Deliveries and A350 Orders as of January 2021.

  A350-800 A350-900 A350-1000 Totals
Orders   747 168 915
Deliveries   354  53 407
Operational   354  53 407

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 January 2021.

(ORD = On Order, DEL=Delivered, OP=In Operation)

A350-800 A350-900 A350-1000
Govt. Exec and Private Jets 5 2 2
Aercap (leasing) 20 20
Aer Lingus 5
Aeroflot 22 1 1
Afriqiyah Airways 10
Air Cariabes 3 4 1
Air China 30 12 12
Air France 38 6 6
Air Lease Corporation 20 11 10 2
Air Mauritius 4 2 4
Alafco 12 12
A350-800 A350-900 A350-1000
Asiana Airlines 21 13 13 9
Azul 4
BOC Aviation 2 2
British Airways 18 8 8
Cathay Pacific 28 25 27 18 13 13
China Airlines 14 14 14
China Eastern 20 8 8
China Southern 20 8 8
C.I.T. Leasing 7 7
DAE Capital 2 2
Delta Airlines 25 15 15
Emirates 50
Ethiopian Airlines 22 14 16
Etihad Airlines 20 5 5
Evelop Airlines 2
Fiji Airways 2
Finnair 19 16 16
French BEE 4
Hainan Airlines 2
Hong Kong Airlines 3 3 2
Iberia 20 9 9
A350-800 A350-900 A350-1000
Iran Air 16
Japan Airlines 18 8 7 13
Kuwait Airways 5
Latam Airlines Group 13 13 12 2
Libyan Airlines 6
Lufthansa 43 17 17
Malaysia Airlines 6
Philippine Airlines 6 6 6
Qatar Airways 34 34 34 42 19 19
Scandinavian Airlines 8 4 4
Sichuan Airlines 10 4
Singapore Airlines 67 52 52
South African Airways 1
Sri Lankan Airlines 4
Starlux 9 8
Thai International 4 4 12
Turkish Airlines 23 3 3
United Airlines 45
Vietnam Airlines (Aercap) 10 10 14
Virgin Atlantic 8 5 7
Yemenia Yemen Airways 10
Undisclosed 12 12
Totals 747 354 354 168 53 53
A350-800 A350-900 A350-1000

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 first deliveries for each variant.

Qatar management with A350. The launch customer kicks off the Airbus A350 Deliveries and A350 Orders book.
8On 22 December 2014 Qatar Airways took delivery of the world’s first A350XWB. After a handover ceremony in Toulouse, France the first production Airbus A350 XWB departed on its ferry flight to Doha in the company of Qatar’s fourth Airbus A380. Qatar is now the only airline in the world to fly every aircraft family produced by Airbus. The Qatar A350 commenced commercial services in January 2015 on the Doha to Frankfurt route.

If there is more you want to learn about this airliner, please visit A350 XWB Home, A350 XWB Interior, A350 XWB Assembly, A350 XWB Order Book and A350 XWB History.

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