Emirates, Airbus Signs US$ 16 billion Contract for 50 A350-900s
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Emirates, Airbus Signs US$ 16 billion Contract for 50 A350-900s

Image Attribute: HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman, and Chief Executive signed the deal with Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer from Airbus/ Photo ID: 292973 / Source: Emirates

Image Attribute: HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman, and Chief Executive signed the deal with Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer from Airbus/ Photo ID: 292973 / Source: Emirates

On November 18, 2019, Dubai-based Emirates Airlines and Airbus have signed a purchase agreement for 50 A350-900s aircraft worth US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) at list prices at the Dubai Airshow 2019. The aircraft features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fiber fuselage, and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

The order was signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. This purchase agreement replaces the heads of agreement signed in February where Emirates announced its intent to purchase 30 A350s and 40 A330Neos

HH Sheikh Ahmed said: "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."

Emirates currently operates an all wide-body fleet comprising the iconic Airbus A380 and Boeing 777. From its hub in Dubai, the airline serves over 150 cities on six continents.

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 honored 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 colors!”

The A350 XWB  will enable Emirates to serve a range of new markets, not only in the region but also on long-haul missions of up to 15 hours of flying time from Dubai (ultra-long-haul range of 17,900km). Emirates intends to equip its A350s with its latest products, and offer different cabin configurations including Premium Economy.

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