Qatar Airways has become the first airline to fly the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to the Maldives. The airline has upgraded its current double-daily A330 service to an A350, with the first A350 beginning operations today and the second A350 service joining shortly afterwards on November 3rd.
Delta Air Lines has scheduled its flagship A350-900 aircraft on one of four daily flights between Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The new route will launch on March 31st next year.
United Airlines has increased the number of A350 XWB aircraft it will bring into its fleet, updating and expanding its previously existing order for 35 A350-1000 to 45 A350-900 widebody aircraft. The A350-900 is the cornerstone member of the A350XWB family from Airbus.
Hong Kong Airlines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, on lease from AerCap, making the carrier the 15th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin aisle airliner. Altogether Hong Kong Airlines will acquire 21 Airbus A350 XWB, including 15 purchased directly from Airbus and six on lease from third party lessors.
Delta will deploy its new Airbus A350 aircraft featuring the Delta One and Delta Premium Select cabins on its route between Atlanta and Seoul-Incheon beginning March 24th, 2018.
The first A350-900 for Hong Kong Airlines has completed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France. The aircraft will now enter the final phase of production, further ground checks and test flights before being prepared for delivery at the end of August.
Airbus has delivered its 100th A350 XWB, just some 30 months after the first delivery of the world’s most modern wide-body aircraft in December 2014. The aircraft delivered is an A350-900 for China Airlines.
Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, and will be the first US-based airline to operate the newest member of Airbus’ leading wide-body family. The A350 XWB will bring unrivalled eco-efficiency and a superior passenger experience to primarily transpacific routes starting in October.
Assembly of the first A350 XWB for Air Mauritius is advancing well at Airbus’ final assembly line in Toulouse, France. The wing-fuselage junction, the installation of the tail plane and also the tail cone have all been completed.
China Southern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900s, becoming the latest customer for the aircraft. China Southern Airlines now operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with more than 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising the A320 Family, the A330 Family and five A380s.
Asiana Airlines of South Korea has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the twelfth airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner. Asiana’s A350-900 is configured with a three class layout with a total of 311 seats, comprising 28 in Business Smartium, convertible to fully flat beds, 36 in Economy Smartium and 247 in the main cabin.