Market Presence. As of the end of October 2018 a total of 890 orders had been placed for the A350. The orderbook has undergone a notable increase since 2013 when some 600 had been ordered. The customer base is extensive at 45 including seven lessors and private operators. The preference is clearly for the -900 at this stage with few orders for the -800. The -800 may therefore not proceed. The orders for the -1000 now number 173 although there have been some changes more recently which has resulted in a reduction. In comparison to the 717 orders for the A350-900 Boeing has secured 790 orders for the B787-9. While Airbus aims to achieve a delivery rate of ten per month to date the delivery rate has been exceedingly low.
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