Thai Airways International has become the eighth operator of the A350 XWB, following the delivery today of the first of 12 aircraft set to join the carrier’s fleet. Thai has configured its A350-900 with a premium two class layout with a total of 321 seats, comprising 32 Thai’s Royal Silk Class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, and 289 in the main cabin.
Malaysia Airlines Berhad has exercised the lease option for a 12-year lease agreement for an additional two new Airbus A350-900s with Air Lease Corporation. The transaction is pursuant to the option provided under the existing Lease Agreement for the four A350-900s signed by both parties in September last year.
China Eastern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900 aircraft, making the airline the latest customer for the aircraft. China Eastern Airlines operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with nearly 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising A320 Family and A330 Family.
Finnair’s Airbus A350 XWB landed for the very first time at Hong Kong International Airport earlier. Customers flying between Hong Kong and Helsinki can now experience Finnair’s A350’s next-generation technology and comfort. As the first airline to introduce the A350 to a Hong Kong route, Finnair’s strategically focuses on the Asian market.
Philippine Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the order of six A350-900s, with another six purchase options. The news was announced today at the Singapore Airshow by Philippine Airlines president Jaime Bautista and Fabrice Brégier, president of Airbus.
LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB in Toulouse, France. In doing so, TAM will become the first airline in the Americas to operate the all-new airliner and the fourth worldwide. TAM’s aircraft is configured in a premium two-class layout, with 348 seats, comprising of 30 Premium Business Class and 318 Economy.
Qatar Airways today becomes the first airline to fly the Airbus A350 to the United States. The ferry flight left Hamad International Airport this morning at 07:40 local time and will land in at JFK International at approximately 14:00 local time. Qatar Airways was the global launch carrier of the A350 and is the first to fly the aircraft to three continents; the airline’s fleet of seven A350s currently flies twice a day to Frankfurt, daily to Munich and three times a day to Singapore from Doha.
Singapore Airlines has selected Airbus’ newly launched Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900 for non-stop flights to the US. Under an amendment to the carrier’s existing order for 63 A350-900s, seven of the aircraft will now be delivered with an Ultra-Long Range capability for flights of up to 19 hours.
Finnair has taken delivery in Toulouse of the first of 19 A350 XWBs on order, thus becoming the first European operator and the third worldwide of the all-new airliner. The aircraft is configured in a premium three-class layout, with 297 seats, comprising 46 Business Class, 43 Economy Comfort and 208 Economy.
TAM Airlines, the first airline to receive and operate the A350 XWB in the Americas, has announced the routes that will be operated by the aircraft. The A350 XWB is expected to arrive in Brazil in December of this year with the first commercial flight scheduled for January 2016 from São Paulo/Guarulhos to Manaus.
Qatar Airways has announced the expansion of its A350 services to Germany, with the new state-of-the-art aircraft being deployed on its Doha-Munich route. Commencing October 1st 2015, the Doha-based airline will be launching the A350 XWB to Munich alongside its existing Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on one of the two double-daily flights to Munich.
Lufthansa has unveiled plans to welcome its first Airbus A350-900s to Munich at the end of 2016. The German flag-carrier has ordered a total of 25 aircraft of this type, which in future will be used on routes from the airline’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs.