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Japan Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

Japan Airlines (JAL) has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB at Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse, France. The A350-900 is the first aircraft produced by Airbus for JAL. The milestone event was attended by JAL Representative Director and Chairman Yoshiharu Ueki and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer.

Altogether, JAL has ordered 31 A350 XWB aircraft, comprising 18 A350-900s and 13    A350-1000s. JAL will initially operate the A350-900 on high frequency domestic routes, while the larger A350-1000 will fly on the carrier’s long haul international network. The first aircraft will enter service on the airline’s Haneda – Fukuoka route at the start of September.

JAL’s A350-900 is configured in a premium three class layout, with 12 seats in First Class, 94 in Class J  and 263 in Comfort Economy.

The ferry flight of the first JAL A350-900 is being performed with a blend of conventional and synthetic fuel, contributing to reduced CO2 emissions.

The A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments up to ultra-long haul (15,000km). It features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions. The A350 XWB’s Airspace by Airbus cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight products for the most comfortable flying experience.

At the end of May 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 893 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

Photos: Airbus.

Previously JAL announced its schedule for the new type:

Japan Airlines will launch Airbus A350-900 service on September 1, 2019 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka airport.

JAL Airbus A350 – First Flight
1. Service Date: September 1, 2019 (Sunday)
2. Route: Tokyo Haneda-Fukuoka
Gradually expand to Tokyo (Haneda)-Sapporo (New Chitose)/Okinawa(Naha)/Osaka(Itami) routes
3. First Flight:    [From Haneda]  JAL 317 Tokyo Haneda 12:10 – Fukuoka 14:00
[From Fukuoka] JAL 318 Fukuoka 15:00 – Tokyo Haneda 16: 40

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First Look: The first Airbus A350-900 for Air France

Airbus is preparing to deliver the first Airbus A350-900 to flag carrier Air France later this year.

The pictured Airbus A350-941 F-WZFN (msn 331) has left the final assembly pending the installation of the engines, final painting and the interior cabin.

F-WZFN will become F-HTYA on delivery.

Air France-KLM has 28 of the type on order. 21 will be allocated to Air France and seven for KLM.

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Delta’s first Airbus A350-900 is painted

Delta Air Lines issued this statement and Airbus photo of the pictured A350-941 F-WZGP (msn 115) which will become N501DN on delivery:

Delta’s first Airbus A350, Ship 3501, left Airbus’ paint shop in Toulouse, France, on Tuesday June 13, 2017 coated in Delta’s signature livery as the aircraft prepares to be delivered in July.

The state-of-the-art widebody jet had its first test flight two weeks ago and will undergo additional flight testing in France before being handed over to Delta, Ship 3501 is expected to enter service this fall on trans-Pacific routes. Delta will be the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of the A350.

As Delta’s flagship international aircraft, the A350 will be debut the airline’s Delta One suites in the business class cabin as well as Delta Premium Select. The aircraft will feature 32 Delta One suites, 48 Delta Premium Select seats and 226 seats in the Main Cabin.

Photo: Airbus.

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Lufthansa to take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 on December 19, 2016, will go into service on February 10, 2017

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On December 19, 2016, the Lufthansa Group will receive its first Airbus A350-900, which is the most modern long haul aircraft worldwide and which will be based at Lufthansa’s Munich Hub.

The first regular commercial flight will be from Munich to Delhi on February 10, 2017.

Once Lufthansa has taken ownership of the aircraft on December 19, the A350-900 will be transferred to Munich during the week leading up to Christmas. Lufthansa Technik in Munich will then install the cabin interior including the new Premium Economy Class as well as other features so that the new flagship aircraft will be ready to be presented to the public at the beginning of February.

From February 2017 onwards, Lufthansa will station the first ten Airbus A350-900 aircrafts in Munich. The first flight destinations are Delhi and Boston. The aircraft will have space for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in the regular Economy Class section. The A350-900 is the most modern and environmentally friendly long haul aircraft worldwide and uses 25 percent less kerosene and produces 25 percent fewer emissions. The A350-900’s noise “footprint” is up to 50 percent lower than that of comparable aircraft types.

Photo: Lufthansa.

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The first Airbus A350-900 for Lufthansa is rolled out of the Airbus paint shop

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Lufthansa issued this statement and this Airbus photo about its first Airbus A350, namely the pictured A350-941 D-AIXA (msn 074):

The Lufthansa Airbus was in the so-called “paint shop” in the Airbus plant in Toulouse for eleven days, and then the moment arrived – the first A350-900 with white Lufthansa paint and blue lettering was ready to go. 30 people worked on the task, painting a total surface area of around 2,100 square meters.

This is the first time that the official identification code of D-AIXA has been seen. The use of an “X” follows in the style of the Airbus designation “A350 XWB” (extra wide body) – the cabin width of the A350-900 measures a generous 5.6 meters and gives passengers a great feeling of space.

The first ten Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 aircraft will be stationed in Munich for the coming winter. Delhi and Boston will be the first destinations to be served. The plane has space for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. The A350-900 is the most modern and the most environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft in service world-wide. In comparison with similar types of aircraft, it uses 25 percent less kerosene and produces 25 percent fewer emissions, and the noise “footprint” produced by the A350-900 is up to 50 percent smaller.

Photo: Airbus.

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Finnair sells and leases back two Airbus A350-900s with GECAS

First Airbus A350 in Oneworld livery

Finnair (Helsinki) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), on the sale and leaseback of two Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The financing will cover Finnair’s 6th and 7th A350 deliveries, which are currently scheduled to enter the Finnair fleet in July 2016 and February 2017, respectively. The value of the transaction at present foreign exchange rates is approximately 265 million euro. The lease period is 12 years, and it includes extension options.

Finnair has ordered a total of 19 new A350-900 XWB aircraft in the fleet or on order. Finnair took delivery of its first A350 aircraft (OH-LWA) on October 7, 2015 and the second (OH-LWB, above) on December 14, 2015. According to the currently anticipated delivery schedule, Finnair will have five A350-900 aircraft at the beginning of the second quarter of 2016, seven by the end of 2016, 11 by the end of 2017, and 19 by the end of 2023.

Disclosures on financing arrangements for the A350 aircraft will be made as those agreements are finalized. Finnair’s fleet consists of both owned and leased aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The second Finnair Airbus A350-941 (OH-LWB, msn 019) is also the first A350 to appear in the oneworld special livery.

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TAM Airlines becomes the first Airbus A350-900 operator in the Americas

Acceptance flight of TAM's first Airbus A350

LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines (Santiago) and TAM Airlines (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo), has taken delivery of its first A350-900 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. LATAM has ordered a total of 27 A350-900s aircraft for the Group.

The carrier will start operating the A350-900 commercially in January 2016 between Sao Paulo and Manaus, Brazil, as part of continued training and crew familiarization. This will be followed by operations from Sao Paulo to Miami in March and then to Madrid in April.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A350-941 F-WZFS (msn 024) became PR-XTA when it was officially handed over on December 17.

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Finnair and Jetstar Asia launch a new codeshare agreement via Singapore

Finnair's first A350 visits London Heathrow

Finnair (Helsinki) and Jetstar Asia (Singapore) launch a codeshare cooperation today that will provide Finnair customers with a wider choice of destinations and departure times across Asia and Australia.

From December 15, 2015, Finnair customers will be able to travel on codeshare services operated by Jetstar Asia to and from its Singapore hub.

Finnair customers will benefit from the convenience of the single ticket itinerary that includes Finnair’s baggage allowance. The passengers will also enjoy a seamless transfer at Singapore Changi Airport, with baggage being through-checked and onward boarding passes being received at the initial departure point.

Finnair’s code will be added to Jetstar Asia’s flights between Singapore as well as Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Phuket in Thailand and Perth and Darwin in Australia.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Finnair’s first Airbus A350-941, registered as OH-LWA (msn 018), departs from London’s Heathrow Airport.

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The first Airbus A350-900 for Singapore Airlines is painted and rolled out

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Singapore Airlines‘ (Singapore) first A350-900 has been revealed in the airline’s livery following completion of painting in Toulouse. The aircraft is now set to move to the next stages of production, including the installation of engines and cabin furnishing, before starting ground and flight tests. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery to Singapore Airlines in the first quarter of 2016.

Singapore Airlines has ordered a total of 67 A350s and will operate the aircraft on long haul routes to Europe as well as on ultra-long range nonstop services to US and selected regional routes.

As previously reported, Singapore Airlines has selected Airbus’ newly launched Ultra-Long Range version of the A350-900 for nonstop 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. In addition, the carrier has placed an additional order for four A350-900s, taking its total firm orders for the A350 XWB Family to 67.

Optimized for nonstop flights to the US, the aircraft, designated A350-900ULR (Ultra-Long Range), will ‎include a modified fuel system to increase the fuel carrying capacity, an increase in Maximum Take-Off Weight, plus aerodynamic improvements, enabling service to the US West Coast, as well as to New York.

Representing a distance of some 8,700 nautical miles, the New York service will be the world’s longest commercial passenger route, with an expected flight time of up to 19 hours. Moreover, the unique flexibility offered by the A350 XWB allows operators to reconfigure their A350-900ULR to the standard long-haul A350-900 specification should they require it.

Photo: Airbus. Airbus A350-941 F-WZFU (msn 026) will become 9V-SMA on the hand over.

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Finnair becomes the first European airline to receive the Airbus A350-900

Finnair (Helsinki) today took delivery of its first new Airbus A350-941 OH-LWA (msn 018) as planned, becoming the first European airline to take delivery of the new type. The airline issued this statement:

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The first of Finnair’s next-generation Airbus A350 XWB aircraft has been unveiled today at a special delivery ceremony at the Airbus delivery centre in Toulouse, France.

Finnair is the first European airline to fly the Airbus A350 XWB.

“This moment heralds a new and exciting chapter in Finnair’s 92 year history. The A350 is the future of flying and will give our passengers a completely new and enhanced travel experience,” said Finnair CEO, Pekka Vauramo.

“This is also a proud moment for all Finnair employees who have worked relentlessly on the Finnair A350 programme. From route planning to pilots and cabin crew, from technical services to marketing, this is the moment we have worked for. With the A350, we get the fleet that our strategy requires, and we can start building our growth,” Vauramo continued.

“At Airbus, we’re proud and delighted to see Finnair, one of the world’s longest-standing and most respected airlines, become the first European carrier to fly the A350,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The A350’s unrivalled fuel efficiency and passenger comfort make it the perfect aircraft to spearhead Finnair’s Asian expansion.‎”

 

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Above Photos: Finnair and Airbus.

Finnair intends to double its Asian traffic by 2020 from the 2010 baseline, and the A350 fleet investment is the backbone of this strategy. The company has ordered a total of 19 A350’s, making it the biggest investment in Finnair’s history. The first four aircraft are expected to arrive in the fleet in 2015, with another seven being delivered in 2016 and 2017. The complete order will be fulfilled by 2023.

The new A350 aircraft also plays a key role in Finnair’s cargo strategy, providing up to 50% more cargo capacity by 2020.

The A350’s first scheduled commercial flight, from Helsinki to Amsterdam and Oslo will be on October 9, 2015 as part of its crew familiarisation tour. The first Finnair Airbus A350 XWB will enter into long-haul service on November 21, 2015 on Finnair’s Helsinki-Shanghai route.

In other news, Finnair continues to expand its Asian traffic, opening two Asian destinations, Fukuoka in Japan and Guangzhou in China for the summer season 2016.

Finnair will open a direct route to Fukuoka in southern Japan in spring 2016, with three weekly frequencies. The service to Fukuoka makes Finnair the only European airline to operate to four different cities in Japan – Finnair currently offers daily connections to Tokyo Narita, Nagoya and Osaka.

Finnair will also open a direct route to China, and will fly direct from its Helsinki hub to Guangzhou in China with four weekly frequencies between May 6 and October 29, 2016.

Guangzhou is Finnair’s sixth destination in Greater China. Finnair has year-round services to Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and a summer service to Xi’an.

Both destinations will be served with Finnair’s Airbus A330 aircraft.

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