SAS takes delivery of first A350

SAS takes delivery of first A350

Scandinavian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900, becoming the latest operator of the Airbus widebody. Airbus confirmed the handover of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered aircraft, MSN358, which is registered SE-RSA. The Scandinavian carrier has configured the A350, named ‘Ingegerd Viking’, with 300 seats including 40 in the business-class cabin and 32 in premium economy. It plans to begin operating the aircraft on 28 January, initially on its Copenhagen-Chicago route, before expanding to other…

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Japan Airlines A350 enters service

Japan Airlines A350 enters service

Japan Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 (JA01XJ) officially entered service yesterday, operating as Flight 317 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka. The aircraft departed Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport 16 minutes past schedule at 12:26, arriving at 14:14. JAL has decided to deploy the A350 exclusively on domestic routes, starting with Fukuoka, with plans to expand to Sapporo (New Chitose), Okinawa (Naha), and Osaka (Itami). The aircraft will feature 369 seats across three cabins, including “First Class” and…

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Virgin Atlantic takes delivery of first A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic takes delivery of first A350-1000

Virgin Atlantic has become the second British airline to take delivery of an Airbus A350-1000 this week, with the official handover of its first aircraft taking place in Toulouse. The delivery comes days after long-haul rival British Airways introduced the type into service last week. In a post on Twitter, Virgin Atlantic welcomed G-VLUX — dubbed “Red Velvet” — to its fleet. Welcome to the family, Red Velvet 🍰✈️ We can’t wait to fly our…

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Virgin Atlantic releases video of new A350 interior

Virgin Atlantic releases video of new A350 interior

Virgin Atlantic has released a CGI video of its new cabins set to debut with the A350-1000, the first of which will be delivered later this week. The video shows Virgin’s latest “Upper Class” business class product, which will feature 11 rows of semi-enclosed suites arranged in a 1-2-1 pattern. Each suite will be 20 inches wide and recline to an 82-inch lie-flat bed, in addition to a deployable privacy screen, as shown in the…

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British Airways first A350 rolls out of paint shop

British Airways first A350 rolls out of paint shop

British Airways’ first Airbus A350-1000 was spotted this week rolling out of the paint shop in Toulouse, France, adorning the airline’s Chatham Dockyard design. British Airways will become the second European and UK-based airline to operate the largest A350 variant, following Virgin Atlantic, which is set to launch the A350 this summer on its London Heathrow-New York JFK service. British Airways currently has 18 A350-1000s on order, with delivery of the first aircraft expected this summer. Another…

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Airbus confirms A350 suitability for Qantas

Airbus confirms A350 suitability for Qantas

Airbus has confirmed that it will be able to offer Qantas both A350 variants to enable its “Project Sunrise” nonstop flights between Sydney and London. Qantas is currently evaluating the A350 as well as the Boeing 777-8 to meet its distance requirement on nonstop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York. The longest flight currently operated by the A350 is Singapore Airline’s Singapore – Newark route, making use of the -900ULR on…

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Singapore Airlines receives first A350-900ULR

Singapore Airlines receives first A350-900ULR

Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra-Long Range) aircraft, moving the airline one step closer to reclaiming the title of the world’s longest nonstop passenger flight. The next-generation widebody, 9V-SGA, departed from Airbus’ Toulouse headquarters at just past 6 pm on 22 September, arriving at Singapore Changi Airport 16 and a half hours later at 4:30 pm the following day. Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900ULRs, which will be used to…

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KLM to delay retirement of 747 fleet

KLM to delay retirement of 747 fleet

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced plans to delay the retirement of its fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft. The move comes as the Dutch carrier pushes back the delivery schedule of its Airbus A350-900s. The airline now expects to receive its first order of the latest Airbus widebodies in 2021, a year later than originally planned. “We always said we expected our A350s between 2020 and 2022. Last year we said the first one would…

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Singapore Airlines to relaunch world’s longest flight

Singapore Airlines to relaunch world’s longest flight

Singapore Airlines will relaunch the world’s longest commercial flight in October. The 19-hour service between Singapore and New York’s Newark Liberty Airport will cover a total distance of 8,277 nautical miles, eclipsing the current record 7,843 nautical mile Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Auckland. The new route will see Singapore Airlines flying its latest Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra-Long Range) aircraft. The airline is set to receive its first of seven Ultra Long Range A350s later this…

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AirAsia X decides against A350 for fleet expansion

AirAsia X decides against A350 for fleet expansion

AirAsia X has announced that it has no plans to buy Airbus A350 aircraft, despite having ten of the type remaining on order. “The A350 is not an aircraft we will buy,” said AirAsia X CEO Tony Fernandes in a Facebook Live chat, citing price as the reason for the decision. It currently remains unknown whether the airline will convert its A350 to other Airbus airliners. As of today, the Asian LCC has three Airbus A330-300s…

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