Ethiopian to buy Airbus A350 jets
Dubai, November 15, 2009
Ethiopian Airlines will firm up an order for around 12 A350 jetliners worth almost $3 billion at the Dubai Air Show, industry sources said.
The order is expected to bring sales of the future mid-sized, long-range passenger jet above the 500 mark.
EADS subsidiary Airbus has so far sold 493 of the planes, which are due to be available from the middle of next decade to compete with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. The Boeing model has posted sales of 840 aircraft.
The biennial air show runs from November 15-18, with orders expected to be down sharply due to the recession.
In July, the Airbus said Ethiopian Airlines had signed a provisional deal to buy 12 Airbus A350-900 planes. If confirmed such a deal would be worth $2.9 billion at list prices. - Reuters