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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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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A new agreement between United Airlines and Airbus specifies conversion of the U.S. carrier’s previous order for 25 A350-900s to the Airbus A350-1000 model plus an additional order for 10 more A350-1000 aircraft.

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This is the third order from Singapore Airlines for the Airbus A350 XWB. The deal sees the carrier’s total firm order for the new widebody family increase to 70 aircraft, with SIA also holding options on 20 more.

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International Airlines Group and subsidiary British Airways have signed a memorandum of understanding to buy 18 Airbus A350-1000 widebodies and to option 18 more. IAG has also secured commercial terms and delivery slots that could lead to firm orders for the Airbus A350 XWB for Iberia.

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Cathay Pacific Airways has agreed to place a new order for 10 Airbus A350-1000s and convert existing orders for 16 Airbus A350-900s to the larger A350-1000. This will bring the total number of A350 XWBs ordered by Cathay Pacific to 48, plus two jets it has agreed to lease.

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Airbus and Rolls-Royce are to develop the A350-1000 with more powerful Trent XWB engines than originally specified and an increased take-off weight. In doing so, says Airbus, the manufacturers responded to the market’s call to offer even more payload and range.

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