Emirates Orders Additional 50 Airbus A380s to Expand Fleet

Emirates said it will purchase an additional 50 Airbus SAS A380 superjumbos, which is the biggest single deal so far for the largest commercial jetliner.

The order which is valued at about $20 billion at the list price (but we don’t know the actual purchase price) was signed today as the Dubai Air Show. Emirates, which is the world’s largest international airline, said that the aircraft will serve both to replace existing fleet and to grow the airline.

Emirates a380

50 more of these please

Emirates Airlines is currently the biggest customer for the A380 having taken delivery of 38 already and with with orders for 90 A380.

The deal is a record for the A380, and comes as a boost to Airbus, which had been considering reducing A380 output, and instead finishes the year strongly.

The first Airbus A350 rolled out of the paint shop on 13th May.

Completion of the paint job is described by Airbus as another important step towards the maiden flight of the A350 XWB.

British Airways parent company IAG and Airbus have signed a memorandum of understanding for the purchase of 18 A350 1000. The A350 1000 will be considerably larger than the A350 900 pictured here but the planes will have much more in common than not.

So for now, here is a photo of the lovely A350 900 from the rear, backing out of the hanger and some other photos..

A350 XWB backing out of painting hanger

Backing out gracefully

A350 XWB freshly painted from the front

From the front










A350 XWB from the side

Is this my good side?

A350 XWB from the other side

Or is it this side?



And some video showing the production process through to painting.






Photos courtesy of Airbus S.A.S.

airbus a350

According to reports coming from the Wall St Journal, British Airways is close to placing a significant order for the new Airbus A350. If true, it will be a major coup for the European manufacturer and a source of great disappointment, and perhaps a little worry, for Boeing.

Although British Airways has ordered 12 Airbus A380, the airline has traditionally been seen as a key customer of Boeing. British Airways is still the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 747, with over 50 in its fleet, as well as 46 777-200′s, 6 777-300′s and 21 767-300′s.

British Airways 787 Dreamliner

British Airways 787 Dreamliner

Many of these aircraft are getting on in age however and British Airways is in the process of a major fleet renewal program. Aside from its 12 Airbus A380′s on order, British Airways has so far taken delivery of 6 Boeing 777-300′s and placed an order for 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, split between the 8 & 9 series models. Most industry observers therefore expected any new British Airways to be for further 787′s and / or 777-300′s, or perhaps even as a launch customer for the new 777-x although this last model hasn’t even been formally offered by Boeing yet and wouldn’t be available until 2019 or 2020 at the earliest; the past delays and current problems with the 787 may have made British Airways more than just a bit nervous.

If British Airways is to order to the Airbus A350 it is likely to focus on the 1000 series, the largest of the 3 models. The A350 is of a similar size to the Boeing 777-300 and will be viewed as a natural successor to the 747 on routes where the A380 is too large; the A350-1000 and 777-300 don’t have the same passenger capacity as the 747 but are far more fuel efficient. The 24 Boeing 787′s that British Airways has ordered will replace the older 767′s and 777-200′s in its fleet which probably leaves space for an order of around 30 further aircraft, possibly split between the 787, A350 and even, still, the new 777-x.

British Airways A380