ILFC revises big Airbus order

International Lease Finance Corporation and Airbus have concluded a revision of ILFC’s original 16 A350 order to 20 A350 XWBs.The revised agreement by the commercial leasing company, a subsidiary of American International Group, is for both the -800 and the -900 versions of the new Airbus plane. ILFC has the flexibility to also select the -1000 version upon request. This transaction brings total orders for the A350 XWB to 196 from nine customers.

With now over 600 Airbus aircraft ordered, ILFC is Airbus’ largest single customer worldwide. The leasing company was a launch customer for Airbus’ A319, A321, A330-200, A330-300, A340-600 and A380, and has ordered virtually every type of Airbus aircraft.

The A350 XWB (Xtra-Wide-Body) will be one of the world’s most technically advanced aircraft when it enters service in 2013. Building on A380 technologies, it is designed to increase productivity and offer improved levels of passenger comfort in its class while further reducing fuel burn and emissions, and being even quieter. The A350 XWB will offer some of the lowest operating costs and lowest seat mile costs of any aircraft in its category.

Powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, the A350 XWB will be available in three basic passenger versions with up to 8,300 nm/ 15,400 km in range, the A350-800 which can fly 270 passengers in a spacious three-class configuration, the A350-900 seating 314, and the A350-1000 which is designed for 350 passengers.