Afriqiyah Airways has increased its A350 XWB fleet with a new firm order for four A350-900 aircraft. The carrier has also converted its original order for six A350-800 airliners into six of the larger A350-900 model.
This brings Afriqiyah’s total Airbus A350 XWB model on order to ten of the A350-900 aircraft type.
“Having Afriqiyah come back with this new, incremental order for the A350 XWB is great news and a strong signal that this aircraft is the industry’s new benchmark in the long-haul segment,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.“We are convinced that the A350’s unbeatable economics and superior passenger comfort will be key contributors to Afriqiyah’s continued success.”
The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is an all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts. The new Family will bring a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, using 25 per cent less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions.
The airframe is comprised of 53 per cent composite materials – compared to 11 per cent in the A330 – along with 14 per cent from titanium alloys. By using these composites it allows for greater resistance to corrosion and significant reduction of maintenance tasks, and long term for resistance to corrosion resistance and greater recyclability.
Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2014, with Afriqiyah’s newest order included, the A350 XWB range has already won 562 firm orders from 34 customers worldwide.