Summary of Airbus A350 Deliveries and A350 Orders as of August 2020.
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 attractive to the general market as possible.
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 August 2020.
(ORD = On Order, DEL=Delivered, OP=In Operation)
|Govt. Exec and Private Jets||5||1||1|
|Air Asia x||10|
|Air Lease Corporation||20||11||10|
|Hong Kong Airlines||5||3||2|
|Latam Airlines Brazil||1|
|Latam Airlines Group||13||13||13||2|
|South African Airways||2|
|Sri Lankan Airlines||4|
|Vietnam Airlines (Aercap)||10||10||14|
|Yemenia Yemen Airways||10|
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.
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