The decision by Emirates to order 70 Airbus long-distance jet sets and to cancel dozens of A380s comes almost five years after 70 double jets were canceled after they had opted for an A380 deal.
The rejig of the Dubai-based airline also revived its interest in the A350, which had ended when they closed an order for 70 of the type – including 50 -900s and 20 -1000s – in 2014.
The Emirates cancellation of the A350s followed an agreement for 50 A380s that it had unveiled a few months earlier on the Dubai show. The order was confirmed in December 2013 and Emirates then selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 to power the jets.
But the revised agreement that Airbus announced in Toulouse during the presentation of the results for the whole year shows that Emirates will again commit to the A350-900, with a deal for 30, and the prospects for the A330neo will be removed by 40 of the -900 variant.
Emirates began to reconsider the A350-900 after the twinjet had entered service, evaluating the type against the Boeing 787-9 and -10.
Boeing seemed to have prevailed in the game when Emirates revealed at the Dubai Air Show in 2017 that it had selected the 787-10 with plans to take 40 from 2022.
But the deal has yet to appear in the Boeing backlog and no engine selection has been made for the -10s between the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 and the General Electric GEnx.
Tim Clark, the president of the Emirates, had indicated at the time that Airbus's chances of placing the A350 at the courier were effectively excluded, although he noted that Airbus had announced late-term changes in the -900 that the Emirates decision might have affected.
Both the A350-900 and the A330-900 are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent engines.
The deployment of Emirates for the two types is a & # 39; big approval & # 39; of the long-haul twinjet strategy of the airframer, says Guillaume Faury, Airbus's commercial airliner.
"We are doing everything to fulfill the long-standing trust that Emirates has in Airbus."
The Emirates' agreement for the A330-900 will significantly increase the program – which had 238 orders by the end of January – and bring the airline back to A330 operations after the withdrawal of older variants of the twinjet in 2017.