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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Paris: Airbus Secures Orders for 50 A350s From Singapore, Air France, SriLankan Airlines

By Woodrow Bellamy III

Airbus announced orders that could potentially top $20 billion for more than 50 of its new wide-body aircraft--the A350 XWB--at the Paris Air Show on Wednesday. 
(Air France A350 computer-generated rendering. Photo, courtesy of Airbus.)
Singapore Airlines placed a firm order for 30 A350-900s, worth $8.6 billion at current list prices. The order includes options for 20 additional A350s, which Airbus said the airline is considering converting into larger A350-1000s under the terms of the deal.
The carrier now has 70 firm orders for the A350, which made its first flight last week prior to the beginning of the Paris Air Show.
Additionally, Air France-KLM placed a $7.2 billion order for 25 A350-900s, with options for 25 additional A350 family aircraft. The airline has an agreement with Rolls-Royce to equip all 25 A350s with Trent XWB engines, worth $1.1 billion. 
By adding the A350, Air France-KLM will feature every family of Airbus commercial aircraft within its fleet. 

Also on Wednesday, SriLankan Airlines signed an agreement for six A330-300s and four A350-900s, a deal worth $2.6 billion. According to Airbus, the Sri Lanka national carrier will finalize the A350 order by the end of the month.  

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