Airbus racks up Dubai Airshow orders as Emirates expands fleet

Emirates Airbus A350-900

Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has clinched further orders for its craft at the Dubai Airshow, with UAE carrier Emirates signing up for an extra 15 A350-900s, taking its total order to 65 aircraft.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: “The A350-900s will add to our fleet mix and we are pleased to announce additional orders for this aircraft type.

“We plan to deploy our A350s to serve a range of new markets including long-haul missions of up to 15 hours flying time from Dubai. We will work closely with Airbus and Rolls-Royce to ensure our aircraft deliver the best possible operating efficiency and flying experience for our customers.”

He added: “Emirates’ orders this week are all carefully planned to support our future growth and the Dubai economic vision set out by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Emirates experience is often the first visitor experience of Dubai – and we want it to be the best.”

Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer and head of international, said: “With this agreement we mark another solid step forward in the long standing relationship agreement between Emirates and Airbus.

“A relationship founded on a pursuit of innovation, efficiency and operational excellence. Just as the A380 established itself at the heart of Emirates operations, we are equally proud of what the A350 will do in the years to come.”

The A350 can fly efficiently on any sector from short-haul to ultra-long-haul routes up to 9,700nm (nautical miles). Its clean sheet design includes state-of-the-art technologies, aerodynamics, lightweight materials and latest generation engines that, together, deliver 25% advantage in fuel burn, operating costs and CO₂ emissions, as well as 50% noise reduction compared with previous generation competitor aircraft.

At the end of October, the A350 had won more than 1,000 orders from leading carriers from around the globe.

Airbus employs more than 4,500 staff at its Broughton plant, near Chester, which makes wings for all its commercial aircraft.