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Airbus' biggest A350 snubbed as Cathay opts for smaller sibling

Larger jetliners falling out of favour as carriers around the world rein in capacity expansion to ease pressure on fares

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Cathay's decision narrows the order book for the 366-seat A350-1000 to 171 aircraft, based on the planemaker's latest data, while lifting the backlog for the 325-seat -900 to 679 planes.

London

AIRBUS'S newest wide-body jet lost more orders as Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd switched a contract for six A350-1000s to the smaller -900 variant and deferred delivery of five more by a year.

The model switch, announced by Asia's biggest international carrier on Wednesday,

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