Hurry! Over and above the prompt once every May, Aussie Airlines sets a new growth target of 51,000 tonnes of its new Airbus A350-900 upgrade in order to hit its 2 million passenger target in the next 10 years.

I was struck by the sheer size of the upgrade program over the course of five months of service last year. A whopping 20 planes were given the A350 for testing in the first half of 2017.

A High-Capacity A350 was rolled out in 2017 after being designed to replace the existing A350-900s, and the first deliveries in June.

On August 31, A350-900s started delivering fuel-efficient airline business jets in their fifth batch of 10. When that company flight cleared for landing in Sydney on the 21st, 27 had been delivered in total.

In December, 26 more planes were delivered in 2017, up on 23 and 22, respectively, in 2016.

By March, 32 aircraft had arrived.

In June, over 500 aircraft had been delivered since the beginning of 2017.

As you can see, I don’t think I would ever make an order for that many aircraft.

If you exclude cancellations (some smaller planes delivered to international operators are changed elsewhere), even in the busiest year, only 25 aircraft were delivered.

Australians love light jets and airlines delight in delivering them to the front of their fleets.

Two new suppliers, Lufthansa Cargo and Australian charter air operator Fly, just announced a merger of equals, which should result in more planes getting to hand.

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