The July 22 memorandum of understanding makes Hawaiian Airlines the sixth launch customer for the new Airbus A330neo family. However, it also represents another potential nail in the likely coffin of the Airbus A350-800, which as of June 30 had only accumulated firm orders for 34 aircraft.

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Air Mauritius will operate the six Airbus A350 XWB jets on its European, Asian and Australian routes.

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Airbus A350-900 MSN005 took off on June 20 from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, completing the five-aircraft complement of the Airbus A350-900 development fleet.

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During water-ingestion tests at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, flight-test Airbus A350-900 MSN4 traveled through a trough containing at least a 0.9-inch depth of water. It did so at a variety of speeds, starting at 60 knots and successively increasing to around 140 knots.

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The Airbus A350 XWB has made its first-ever landing on British soil, visiting Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests.

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From April 1, Finnair will dedicate aircraft with flat-bed seats in Business Class to flights to Tokyo and New York, and from May 1 to Beijing and Seoul. From June 1, Finnair will also offer flat-bed seats on its routes from Helsinki to Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka and Shanghai.

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Both aircraft ‒ each of them an Airbus A350-900 jet ‒ made their first flights on February 26 from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France. The successful first flights of the two aircraft means the total number of A350 XWBs now flying has doubled, from two to four.

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According to Airbus, Kuwait Airways’ order forms part of the airline’s fleet renewal strategy. Kuwait Airways already operates three A320s, three A310s, five A300s and four A340-family aircraft.

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Airbus A350 XWB development aircraft MSN3 has flown to Bolivia, where it will perform a series of tests at the high-altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz.

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Airbus has designated the aircraft MSN2 and it is painted in a distinctive “Carbon” livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced carbon-fiber composite materials.

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Guadeloupe-based Air Caraïbes has signed a firm contract with Airbus for three A350-1000s. Air Caraïbes (pronounced Carra-eeb) will also lease three new Airbus A350-900 widebodies from Los Angles-based leasing company ILFC.

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The order which is expected to result from the MOU is part of Kuwait Airways’ fleet-renewal strategy, according to Airbus.

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The carrier signed the memorandum of understanding with Airbus on November 18, at the Dubai Airshow 2013. Libyan Wings plans to start offering passenger and freight charter services from the beginning of 2014.

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Etihad Airways’ new Airbus order comprises 40 Airbus A350-900s, 10 A350-1000s, one A330-200F, 26 A321neos and 10 A320neos. It also has taken options on 30 additional Airbus aircraft from these families.

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Emirates Airline has rewritten all records in civil aviation history with an order for 150 Boeing 777Xs ‒ comprising 35 Boeing 777-8Xs and 115 Boeing 777-9Xs, plus purchase rights on 50 more aircraft ‒ and an additional 50 Airbus A380s. Together, the Boeing and Airbus orders, excluding purchase rights, are valued by Emirates at US$99 billion at list prices.

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The second Airbus A350 XWB to fly, an A350-900 given the designation MSN3 by Airbus, landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport shortly after 2:30 p.m. local time on October 14 after completing a first flight of approximately five hours.

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Japan Airlines has placed a firm order for 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s and has taken options on a further 25 A350 XWBs.

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Lufthansa Group’s planned firm orders include 34 Boeing 777-9Xs and 25 Airbus A350-900s. The group will also take options on another 30 A350-900s, the deal giving it the flexibility to convert part of its Airbus A350 XWB buy to specify the larger A350-1000 if it wishes.

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Airbus reports that the first flight-test A350-900, MSN1, has accumulated 92 flight test hours and performed well since its maiden flight on June 14. Early flight-testing has already resulted in the clearance of operations throughout the entire flight envelope and initial testing of all key systems.

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