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Air France formally swaps remaining A380s for A350s

Airbus has formally recorded the cancellation of two outstanding A380s intended for Air France, which instead is taking three more A350-900s.

The swap, originally disclosed by the airline about a year ago, increases the Air France commitment for A350s to 21 aircraft.

It brings the backlog for the A380 down to 110 aircraft. Airbus did not deliver any A380s during January, according to the airframer’s revised backlog data.

Air France had originally ordered 12 A380s, fitted with Engine Alliance GP7200 powerplants, and has taken delivery of 10.

The carrier had previously indicated the A380s were due to arrive in 2018.

Its half-year financial statement for 2016 shows that Air France owns a single A380, with four others on finance lease and the remaining five on operating lease.

Airbus registered only one other order for January, a single A320 for Mexican low-cost operator VivaAerobus.

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