ILFC and Airbus confirmed that the lessor has ordered 20 A350 XWBs valued at $4 billion. The order was reported earlier this month (ATWOnline, Oct. 22), but confirmation did not come until Friday. It provides a boost to the next-generation aircraft program, particularly considering ILFC Chairman and CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy's public criticism of the initial A350 design (ATWOnline, Oct. 25, 2006). Airbus said the order comprises both A350-800s and -900s with an option to take -1000s but did not ...

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