One things struck me about this article:
"Airbus scored hits with blue-chip orders for its A350, the planned rival to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, from aircraft leasing company GECAS and Qatar Airways."
An order from Qatar Airways now considered 'blue-chip'. A mere three years ago they were widely dismissed (first announcement of their A380 commitment).
A sign of the present times on one hand but also something worth remembering when considering the latest 'surprise' orders.