The Qatar Airways decision leaves Airbus with a shrinking backlog for the smallest A350 variant -stands at #92 firm orders-, raising questions about whether it’ll stick with the model. Airbus has already seen several customers (around 40%) swap A350-800 orders for larger variants, most recently Afriqiyah Airways.
But the next movement is not clear; A350-800 could be cancelled, could be postponed or could be maintained. It will depend on future decision in the higher range of the family, with 787-10X and 777X by Boeing and a possible A350-1100 version, as the wide body market continue growing in quantity and in size. We shoul maintained tunned to Qatar next steps.