United slashes its A350-1000 order

It what can only be disturbing for Airbus, United has formally slashed its A350-1000 order by 35 units which reduces the number of ordered -1000’s (along with other airline cuts and transfers) to under 200.  

It’s not all bad for Airbus as United increased its A359 order by 45 units, saying they are ideal to replace the ageing 772 fleet which starts to reach 25 years old in 2022.

Even so, the cut backs in the -1000 programme are going to make it difficult for that version to cover its development costs, and must surely kill any idea of a larger still -1100.