International Airline Group, and British
Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to buy 18 Airbus
A350-1000 aircraft plus 18 options.
IAG, owner of both British Airways and
Iberia, has also secured commercial terms and delivery slots that
could lead to firm orders for Iberia.
The choice of the A350-1000 follows British
Airways’ decision in 2007 to buy 12 Airbus A380s, the first of
which will be delivered this summer. The airline has already
confirmed that one of its
Airbus A380s will fly to Hong Kong.
“The A350-1000 will bring many
benefits to our fleet. Its size and range will be an excellent fit
for our existing network and, with lower unit costs, there is an
opportunity to operate a new range of destinations profitably.
This will not only bring greater flexibility to our network but
also more choice for our customer,” said Willie Walsh, IAG Chief
The A350-1000 is the largest member of the
A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) Family seating up to 350 passengers in
three classes, with a range capability of 8,400 nautical miles
The A350 XWB Family includes the A350-900
and A350-800 seating 314 and 270 passengers respectively.
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