Qatar Airways signed an MOU with Airbus for the purchase of 80 A350 XWBs valued at $16-$18 billion, providing a major boost to an aircraft program that has undergone a significant redesign. The manufacturer said Qatar Airways will launch the aircraft into commercial service in mid-2013. In 2005 the carrier committed to 60 of the original-design A350s. Yesterday's agreement supersedes and expands that accord. The order, which Airbus COO-Customers John Leahy said is "very close to a full ...

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