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Etihad Cancels 7 Airbus A350 Orders

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 2:22pm
The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — Airbus says fast-growing Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways has canceled another seven orders for its A350-1000 wide-body long-range jet.

Spokeswoman Aude Lebas said the April cancellation follows a similar decision in December not to go through with orders for six of the same jets.

Etihad still has orders for 12 of the aircraft, a rival of Boeing's 777, according to Airbus' website.

A spokesperson for Etihad says Monday that a recent delay in the A350 program, while not the direct cause of the new cancellation, "provided an appropriate opportunity for Etihad to revisit its projected fleet mix in the latter part of the decade."

The spokesperson says the airline has "a great deal of confidence" in the A350 program.

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