Etihad slashes its A350 and 777-9 orders

The order goes back so far that the Airbus imagery still shows the old livery

Etihad slashed its A350-900 order according to the Airbus press release today.

The airline cut its order book by 42 aircraft, (40 A359’s and 2 A35K’s) leaving just 20 A350-1000 on its order list. It won’t take delivery of any A359’s now.

Etihad is expected to announce some time in the next few weeks that it too will retire its A380’s, of which it has ten, in favour of the A350-1000.

Etihad first signed the order 11 years ago, in the days when it saw itself as having unlimited expansion opportunities.

Airbus expects the A35K to be certified with a higher take off weight in early 2020, which will allow for longer ranges, something that appeals to many airlines.

It wasn’t all good news for Boeing either as Etihad cut its 777-9 order to 6 from 14.

It also agreed to cut is A321neo order to a firm 26 units.