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.
The first A350-1000 took off this morning for its maiden flight at Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 10:42. The A350-1000 is Airbus’ largest and most powerful twin-engined airliner ever – and the world’s most fuel efficient large wide-body plane. Equipped with specially developed Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 turbofans, the A350-1000’s first flight is taking place over south-western France.
Lufthansa will receive its first A350-900 on December 19th, with the most modern long haul aircraft in the world due to land at the German flag-carrier’s Munich Hub. The first regular commercial flight will be from Munich to Delhi on February 10th, 2017. Tickets are available now.
China Airlines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the ninth airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine wide-body airliner. CAL’s A350-900 is configured with a premium three class layout with a total of 306 seats, comprising 32 in Premium Business class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 31 in Premium Economy and 243 in the main cabin.
Vietnam Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for ten more A350-900 aircraft. “The intention to acquire these additional aircraft reflects our excellent experience with the A350 since it entered service with Vietnam Airlines last year,” said Duong Tri Thanh, president, Vietnam Airlines.