Airbus and Emirates Airline signed a new order for 15 A350-900s during Thursday’s Dubai Airshow.
With the additional order, the agreement between the two companies provides for the delivery of 65 widebodies of the model, the first of which will be delivered in 2024 and the last in 2028.
The announcement comes one day after the planemaker mistakenly released an image with A350-900 and A350-1000 jets and information about an agreement for 35 aircraft.
The photo, included in the announcement of the sale of planes to Ethiopian Airlines, was taken down shortly afterwards.
The absence of the A350-1000 in the new order would involve Emirates Airline’s discussions with Rolls-Royce, supplier of the Trent XWB engines that power the aircraft.
The Dubai-based carrier claims that turbofans have a very short time between each overhaul, which would impact aircraft availability. Rolls-Royce, however, claims it is common for operations in sandy and hot environments.
A simple math suggests that Emirates Airline intended to order 20 A350-1000s, which would fly alongside the new Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 as the airline’s more modern widebodies.