In October 2018, it was speculated that Etihad Airways would be cancelling majority of their existing Airbus order, consisting of 62 A350 XWB planes; 40 for the A350-900’s, and 22 for the A350-1000’s. These planes were intended to compete with Emirates and Qatar Airways, but due to significant cuts and re-positioning of the airline, the cancellation was to set ease the burden of the airline.
Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways is in talks to cut its A350 order by 42 aircraft, leaving the airline with 20 A350-1000s in the backlog.
Airbus has disclosed that it has held “commercial discussions” with Etihad, to “reduce” its order, in its full-year financial results.
Etihad had 40 A350-900s and 22 A350-1000s on order at the end of January, so the cuts amount to the entire -900 order plus two -1000s.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad’s blow to the airframer follows neighbouring Emirates’ decision to slash its A380 orders, forcing a closure of the double-deck aircraft programme.
Airbus says it will “continue to improve the A350 programme’s performance” in order to reach break-even this year, and improve margins beyond this date.