A look at Airbus' January 2014 orders & deliveries report reveals that 2 more customers have switched from the A350-800XWB to the larger A350-900XWB model. ILFC switched its remaining 6 A350-800XWBs on order to the A350-900XWB model while Libyan Arab Airlines did the same for its remaining 4 aircraft. This brings the total number of A350-800XWBs on order to 46 among just 6 customers.
ILFC had been a customer for the first iteration of the A350, but amended its agreement in 2007 following the launch of the A350 XWB family. It placed orders for 12 A350-800s and 8 A350-900s but subsequently converted all but 6 A350-800s to the larger variant.
The latest customer data from Airbus shows that ILFC has switched these 6 remaining aircraft and all 20 are confirmed as -900s.
Libyan Airlines placed its order for four A350-800s in January 2008. Airbus says the carrier placed a "repeat order" for the A350 last month, with a deal for 2 A350-900s, but the backlog data shows that it has also converted all 4 A350-800s and, as a result, has 6 A350-900s on order.
The A350 XWB family orderbook recovers the figure of 814 orders after Libyan Airlines ordered an additional pair of -900s under its revised agreement of January.