British Airways first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, delivered to the airline less than a year ago, was damaged during an incident in Dubai International Airport (DXB). The aircraft collided on the ground with Emirates Boeing 777-300 on April 13, 2020. 

At the time of the incident, British Airways A350XWB  was reportedly being pushed-back prior to the takeoff. The airliner was scheduled to operate a cargo-only flight BA106 to London Heathrow (LHR), which was subsequently cancelled.

Emirates Boeing 777, registration number A6-EBR, which arrived in Dubai from Saudi Arabia, Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) operating flight EK9706, was parked. The collision left both wide-bodies with broken horizontal stabilizers, as can be seen in the pictures on social media:

The abovementioned A350XWB, registration number G-XWBA, is British Airways’ first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. It was delivered in July 2019. Since then, the carrier has added four more airliners of the type from its order of 18. 

Yet despite a short operational history, the latest incident is far from being the only one involving British Airways A350XWB. Another airliner of the type, namely the one carrying G-XWBD registration number, has already earned the “unluckiest” title. 

The G-XWBD had to be repaired for the first time before it even left the Airbus facilities, as it was damaged by a piece of equipment while still in a paint shop. Finally delivered to BA in December 2019, the airliner’s operations with the carrier continued appealingly in not much luck either. 

The aircraft suffered a hard landing in Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel (TLV), got stuck in London Heathrow following a hydraulic fluid spill and spent a couple of days in Toronto (Canada) after another hydraulic spill.

Despite the fact that British Airways is just starting to add Airbus A350 XWBs to its fleet, one of the carrier’s A350-1000 can already claim the title of being the “unluckiest” aircraft. While the three-months-old wide-body already has two incidents under its belt officially, the suspicion is that in February alone it could have suffered two more problems.