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Yemenia Order Q400s And Set To Firm Up A350XWB

Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:46 pm

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Yemen flag-carrier Yemenia is to acquire six Bombardier Q400 turboprops to start a new regional operation called Al-Saeeda and is set to firm up its order for Airbus A350 XWB aircraft at the forthcoming Dubai Air Show.


Another one for Dubai.

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...irm-order-for-airbus-a350-xwb.html
 
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RE: Yemenia Order Q400s And Set To Firm Up A350XWB

Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:57 pm

This is great news. Looks like the Q400 is warming up! This aircraft is also a great fit for IY/Al-Saeeda who have a much more extensive domestic network than other airlines based on the Arabian Peninsula.

Yemenia currently deploys 738s domestically to really small catchment areas. This is a waste of a jet that could be used elsewhere and of course empty seats are bad for the bottom line. I see the Qs being deployed to domestic non-coastal destinations. Namely, Ataq, Seiyun and Taiz. I flew to Taiz from Sana'a and there were as many FAs as pax on that flight!
This will free up 738s to fly to east Africa and South Asia.

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RE: Yemenia Order Q400s And Set To Firm Up A350XWB

Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:12 pm

Can somebody enlighten us to how many more carrier of the old A350's need to be changed to the XWB.

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RE: Yemenia Order Q400s And Set To Firm Up A350XWB

Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:38 pm

Quoting KL808 (Reply 2):
Can somebody enlighten us to how many more carrier of the old A350's need to be changed to the XWB.

Thanks

Drew

Out of my head:

Orders for the old version, but no public statement yet, whether they will convert or not:
Air Europe
TAP
Eurofly
ILFC

Not firmly converted yet, but announced conversion to XWB
Kingfisher
TAM

Signed MOU for old version but never signed firm contract
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RE: Yemenia Order Q400s And Set To Firm Up A350XWB

Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:39 pm

Interesting to see that IY has some big expansion plans; it is talking about 10 A350s, versus the two A330s and four A310s now operated; the A350 will be a considerable capacity increase over the A310s.

Here's IY's latest 738, 7O-ADQ:


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The arrival of the Dash 8-Q400s will take 738s off domestic routes and release them for more regional ops.

Interesting also to see that the Dash 8 hasn't been too badly affected by the recent grounding; this is the second major order for the type in the past few days.