Emirates eyes new markets as it orders 50 A350 aircraft
Published on Monday, November 18, 2019
Emirates has announced a firm order for 50 A350-900 XWB aircraft worth US$16 billion.
Delivery of the first Emirates A350 XWB is expected in May 2023, and will continue until 2028.
Emirates chairman and chief executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum signed the deal with Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury at the Dubai airshow.
This purchase agreement replaces the heads of agreement signed in February where Emirates announced its intent to purchase 30 A350s and 40 A330Neos.
Sheikh Ahmed said the order ‘followed a thorough review of various aircraft options and of our own fleet plans’.
He added: “It is Emirates’ long-standing strategy to invest in modern and efficient aircraft, and we are confident in the performance of the A350 XWB.
“Complementing our A380s and 777s, the A350s will give us added operational flexibility in terms of capacity, range and deployment. In effect, we are strengthening our business model to provide efficient and comfortable air transport services to, and through, our Dubai hub.
“This US$ 16 billion 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.”
The A350 will enable Emirates to serve a range of new markets, not only in region but also on long-haul missions of up to 15 hours of flying time from Dubai. Emirates intends to equip its A350s with its latest products, and offer different cabin configurations including Premium Economy.