Valued at 16 billion dollars (list prices), the order was signed today at Dubai Airshow by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. Deliveries will start in May 2023 and will continue until 2028. The A350s will also offer Premium Economy.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was announced in February and it included 30 A350-900s and 40 A330neo. Today, at the press conference held at Dubai Airshow, HH Sheikh Ahmed said that the discussions about A330neo are still going on, as well as those on the 787-10 Dreamliner.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum: “Today, we are pleased to sign a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. This follows a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans. It is Emirates’ long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft, and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB.
“Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub.” Sheikh Ahmed added: “This deal reflects our confidence in the future of the UAE’s aviation sector, and is a strong affirmation of Dubai’s strategy to be a global nexus connected to cities, communities and economies via a world-class and modern aviation sector.”
“We are honoured by Emirates’ strong vote of confidence in our newest widebody aircraft, taking our partnership to the next level. The A350 will bring unbeatable economics and environmental benefits to their fleet,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to seeing the A350 flying in Emirates colours!”