[Planes] September 29, 2023, 10:31 pm ET.By Filip Kopeć.
The Airbus A350 is on the third wave of big orders in its history as airlines all over the world race to prepare for future demand,
Seems like the game is on for the Airbus A350. This year’s orders from Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Air India and the most recent from Air France-KLM are rejuvenating the order book of the Airbus A350 completely.
The sudden blow of the 2020 pandemic brought the order flow to a stall. During the three years of 2020-2023, the Airbus A350 gained exactly one net new order according to the manufacturer. That came to a change in 2023.
Born For The Third Time
Since the announcement of the type, the Airbus A350 had two big moments when it comes to orders. The first big tickets came in 2007 and 2008 from the likes of Emirates, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines. Following the first flight on the 14 June 2013 further operators gained trust in the type. Large orders from Air France, Iberia and Lufthansa signified all of the biggest airline groups from Europe opting in on the Airbus A350.
Now, closing Q3 of 2023, it’s been a bit over a year since major market reopenings. South Korea and India contribute significantly to the long-haul flows. The pent up demand is fully visible in the passenger flown data. Teams at network planning departments had the time to assess the trajectory of the market. The year started off with Qatar Airways and Lufthansa Group adding to the existing orders notably with 23 and 10 units.
The real breakthrough in the perception came in though with the earth-shaking Air India order that included 34 A350 seemingly like a cherry on top.
The Air France-KLM order brings the number to 161, meaning 2023…