Airbus 'unaffected by Dubai cancellation'


Robert Doman

MANUFACTURING at Airbus UK in Broughton is ‘unlikely to be affected’ by the cancellation of 70 aircraft orders by a major airline.

Dubai’s Emirates airline has cancelled its order for 70 Airbus A350 wide-bodied aircraft placed in 2007.

The planes were due to be delivered between 2019 and 2023.

Airbus, which currently has 742 of the aircraft type on order, expects the orders to be filled by other companies.

A spokesman for the company said a negative impact on the wing-making production at Airbus UK’s Broughton plant would be doubtful.

“The cancellation of orders is highly unlikely to affect production at Broughton or anywhere else,” the spokesman said.

“Interest in the aircraft itself remains extremely high.”

Speaking at an Airbus innovation day in Toulouse yesterday, company sales chief John Leahy told journalists he now expects the delivery slots for the 70 cancelled orders to be taken by other customers.

He said Airbus had already received inquiries from other customers in the wake of the Emirates cancellation.

A company statement confirmed: “Airbus confirms Emirates Airline has decided to cancel its order of 70 A350 XWB aircraft.

“The decision follows on-going discussions with the airline in light of its fleet requirement review, as demonstrated by their order of 50 additional A380 at the last Dubai Airshow and their continuous interest in the programme.”

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