Press: Emirates talking to Airbus on A350

Emirates is talking to Airbus about its future need for an aircraft like the planned A350 XWB, an official at the Dubai government-owned airline told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview on Wednesday. “(We are) talking to Airbus about our need for an aircraft like the planned A350,” Keith Longstaff, Emirates Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations in Europe, said.

Airbus parent EADS decided on Friday to go ahead, after months of uncertainty, with a new mid-sized jetliner, the extra-wide-bodied A350 XWB, to strike back at Boeing in their fight for market share and to restore pride shattered by delays to its A380 superjumbo.

Emirates won the Middle East’s Leading First Class Airline award at this year’s World Travel Awards.