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A350 XWB

Cathay Pacific Takes the Stretch

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific took delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000 in a ceremony at the manufacturer’s Toulouse delivery centre. The jet, B-LXA (c/n 118), was delivered to the carrier’s home-base at Chek Lap Kok International Airport on June 20

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Airbus Excels

Airbus may have narrowly lost out to US rival Boeing in terms of total annual deliveries, but the European aerospace giant reported a strong performance for 2017.  In its annual report released on January 15, the firm revealed it had

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First BelugaXL Revealed

Airbus has rolled out the first structurally complete BelugaXL airframe from its assembly hangar in Toulouse. The next-generation airlifter is based on the A330-200 airliner and, once certified, it and four other examples will be used to transport completed aircraft

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More A350s for United

United Airlines has expanded its existing order for the A350 from 35 to 45 aircraft.  The US carrier has also switched variants from the -1000 to the -900.  Despite being a long-term Airbus customer, the aircraft will be United’s first

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Lufthansa A350s Heading for Hong Kong

Lufthansa is introducing the Airbus A350-900 on flights from Munich to Hong Kong from September 12.  The Star Alliance carrier expects to take delivery of its fourth and fifth A350s – D-AIXD (c/n 127) and D-AIXE (c/n 136)– shortly, enabling

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Airbus Delivers 100th A350 XWB

Airbus is celebrating its 100th A350 XWB delivery, less than three years after it handed over the first example to launch customer Qatar Airways in December 2014.  Taiwan’s China Airlines has taken delivery of the milestone jet, B-18908 (c/n 121),

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Airbus Wins Major Chinese Deal

State-owned China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus for 140 aircraft.  The deal comprises 100 A320 Family jets and 40 A350 XWBs. Tom Enders, Airbus CEO, and Sun Bo, EVP of CAS,

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PAL and SMBC Agree A350 Deal

Philippine Airlines (PAL) and SMBC Aviation Capital have agreed a sale and leaseback deal for two Airbus A350-900 XWBs.  The arrangement also includes financing of pre-delivery payments to Airbus, with the first aircraft scheduled to be handed over to the

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Airbus Completes A350-1000 Fuel Test Campaign

Airbus has successfully completed fuel system and engine tests for the A350-1000 programme. The campaign was undertaken in Cardiff, Wales, between May 3 and 4 using F-WWXL (c/n 071). Engineers from Airbus’ site at Filton, Bristol oversaw testing of the

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China Southern Signs for A350s

Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s. Tan Wangeng, President of China Southern Airlines said: “With its very long range capability, economic fuel consumption and spacious cabin, the A350 XWB is the ideal

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