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.
Lufthansa’s Airbus A350 fleet in Munich is growing once again – with the third A350-900 landing on at its new home base. Captains Andreas Jasper and Pol Uffer transferred the aircraft from Airbus in Toulouse to Munich.
Qatar Airways has leased the first of four A350 aircraft from LATAM, the South American airline, for terms of 6- to 12-months, in order to meet its operational plan for the year, as well as increasing customer demand.
Finnair has announced their flagship long-haul aircraft, the Airbus A350 XWB, will operate a daily service between London Heathrow and Helsinki.