First Emirates A350 spotted in Toulouse, France

Emirates A350

A picture has emerged on social media of what appears to be the first Airbus A350 aircraft destined for Emirates.  

In the image, which was posted to X (formerly Twitter) by user @robin_hrdy on March 27, 2024, it is possible to see the tail and part of the fuselage of the still ‘green’ aircraft.  

The Emirates-liveried A350 was parked at Airbus’ facilities in Toulouse, France alongside other aircraft of the same type being readied for other airlines.  

The Dubai-based carrier currently has 65 Airbus A350-900 aircraft on order. The first 50 were ordered at the Dubai Airshow in 2019. The deal, which is valued at $16.5 billion, was followed four years later by an additional order for 15 more aircraft of the same type at the 2023 Dubai Airshow. 

The first of these A350s is expected to enter service with Emirates in August 2024, with the remaining deliveries scheduled to take place through to 2028. 

Emirates is also considering ordering the A350F, the freighter version of the airliner, to expand the fleet of its cargo division, Emirates SkyCargo. 

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