Aeroflot Cancels Eight A350-800s

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Aeroflot Airline has canceled an order for eight Airbus A350-800s, Airbus revealed in a presentation at an annual press briefing.

Airbus confirmed to ATW the Russian flag carrier has 14 A350-800s on order. The order change was made in November 2016.

In 2007, Aeroflot ordered 22 A350s, comprising eight -800s and 14 -900s.

Because the number of -800 orders has been shrinking, Airbus dropped the model from its line-up. In May 2016, Airbus Commercial Aircraft president and Airbus COO Fabrice Brégier told Russia’s Kommersant newspaper that Aeroflot and the manufacturer were considering converting the -800 order into another type, likely the A330neo.

In November 2016, Aeroflot canceled an order for 22 Boeing 787s, transferring purchase rights to Avia Capital Service, a leasing subsidiary of Russian government-owned industrial conglomerate , under an agreement among Aeroflot, Boeing and lessor Rostec. At the time, Aeroflot said it would rely on the A350 and the Boeing 777 for its widebody requirements.