Leasing company CIT Group Inc. has placed a firm order for 10 Airbus A350-900s.
This is the second time CIT has ordered Airbus A350 XWB widebodies and brings the lessor’s total backlog for the type to 15. CIT ordered five A350-800s in 2006.
“This order for Airbus A350 XWBs will further expand our portfolio of medium-to-long haul aircraft,” says C. Jeffrey Knittel, president of CIT Transportation Finance.
“As one of the leading lessors in the world with more than 110 twin aisle aircraft currently in our portfolio and on order, CIT Aerospace maintains one of the youngest, most fuel efficient fleets in the industry,” adds Knittel. “This new order underscores our commitment to delivering highly efficient aircraft to our global customer base.”
Including its January 3 announcement of the order for 10 Airbus A350-900 widebodies, CIT Group Inc. has now ordered a total of 253 Airbus aircraft.
These include 187 Airbus A320-family single-aisle jets, 51 Airbus A330-family widebodies and 15 A350 XWB-family aircraft.
The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is an all-new, mid-size, long-range widebody family which will feature three versions and seat between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts.
According to Airbus, the A350 XWB family will use 25 per cent less fuel than comparable current widebodies and provide an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions.
Scheduled for entry into service in 2014, the A350 XWB has now won firm orders for 572 aircraft from 34 customers worldwide.