Dubai Airshow: Emirates commits to 50 A350-900s

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Emirates has committed to 50 Airbus A350-900s worth $16 billion in a deal signed at the Dubai Airshow 2019.

The deal was signed by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates and Guillaume Faury, chief executive officer of Airbus.

The A350s will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, with deliveries expected to start in May 2023, and continue until 2028.

The firm order replaces the agreement signed in February where Emirates announced its intent to purchase 30 A350s and 40 A330neos.

Al Maktoum says: “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.”

Faury adds: “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. We look forward to seeing the A350 flying in Emirates colours!”