LONDON – According to Bloomberg, Airbus is currently in ongoing talks with Air Lease at the Dubai Air Show for a significant order that includes the A350 Freighter.
It is understood that the talks are ongoing and may even go past the Dubai Air Show, with those on the inside saying that the order could still fall apart.
For Air Lease, any orders made at the airshow this week or elsewhere will be a result of beginning to take jets from 2026 and would represent a top-up on orders that are going to be on delivery through 2023.
With the A350 Freighter potentially in the mix for Air Lease, if a deal is struck, then this will begin the sales campaign of that variant of the A350.
With the Airbus board approving this variant back in July, it is now looking to bolster additional revenue potentials through this variant, and if Airbus achieves this, it will be the beginning of the European planemaker chipping away at their competitor across the pond.
Christian Scherer, the Airbus sales chief believes that the angle of sustainability will deploy the growth of this freighter program.
Boeing seems to once again be behind the curve on this, especially with the manufacturer’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Ihssane Mounir confirming that the 777X Freighter will not launch at the air show.
Then again, it could be placing its focus on the 737-800BCF first, of which the manufacturer started its Dubai Air Show sales campaign with an order for 11 of the type.
In all, we could begin to see crazy developments at this airshow over the next couple of days, and it will be one to definitely look out for.