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Fiji Airways to add two Airbus A350-900s for its routes to the U.S. and Australia

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has revealed in a joint announcement with majority shareholder, the Fijian Government, that it will acquire two new Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft as part of its widebody aircraft expansion plans.

The two aircraft will be delivered in November and December 2019.

The new additions to the airline’s widebody fleet will be used to primarily to service popular routes between the US and Australia, with exact schedules to be confirmed closer to launch. The announcement comes as Fiji Airways continues to put into practice its unrelenting commitment to passenger satisfaction and sustainability.

The Airbus A350 will feature 33 B/E Aerospace Super Diamond, fully lie-flat Business Class beds, with each offering direct aisle access. While Economy Class will feature 301 Recaro CL3710 seats, which are ranked among the most comfortable long-haul economy class seats on the market.

The A350 XWB’s Airspace by Airbus cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle aircraft and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight products for the most comfortable flying experience. Not only will the aircraft provide the ultimate in luxury air travel to Fiji, it’s also perfect for passengers taking long-haul connecting flights to other destinations. Boasting the latest generation AVANT inflight entertainment system from THALES and Wi-Fi connectivity, guests will be able to enjoy movies, tv and music on-demand, all whilst remaining connected in the air.

The two new A350 XWB aircraft will complement Fiji Airways’ existing widebody fleet of six Airbus A330s, with delivery set for November and December this year.

There are 257 Airbus A350s in the skies around the world today, flown by 24 operators. These include Fiji Airways’ partner oneworld airlines: Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways. Other A350 operators include Hong Kong Airlines, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.

The A350 order book for this aircraft type stands at 890 orders from 50 customers.

Image: Airbus.

 

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First JAL Airbus A350-900 rolls out of Airbus paint shop

Airbus made this announcement:

The first A350 XWB for Japan Airlines (JAL) has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France. The A350-900 is the first ever Airbus aircraft to be produced directly for JAL and features a special A350 red logo on the fuselage.

The aircraft will now proceed to ground and flight tests, before delivery to JAL in early summer.

In total JAL has ordered 31 A350 XWB aircraft, comprising 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s. The A350-900 will initially be operated on major domestic routes, with a three class configuration seating 369 passengers.

The A350 XWB is the world’s most modern and eco-efficient aircraft family shaping the future of air travel. It is the long-range leader in the large wide-body market (300 to 400+ seats). The A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments up to ultra-long haul (15,000km).

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, 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 March 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 890 firm orders from 50 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

Note: The pictured Airbus A350-941 in the special livery will become JA01XJ on delivery.

All photos by Airbus.

China Eastern takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

China Eastern Airlines on November 28 took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 (B-304D, msn 248) in Toulouse, France according to the carrier and KUCINTA SETIA.

The airline has 20 copies on order.
Photo: Airbus.
Later on November 29 China Eastern issued this statement:

China Eastern Airlines has received its first of 20 A350-900 airplanes at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Equipped with China Eastern’s latest passenger service system, this new generation flagship model promises to redefine intercontinental air travel with its advanced capabilities.

The introduction of the new airplane, which is more spacious, greener and quieter than previous models, is part of efforts by the Shanghai-based airlines to meet the diversified demand for a high quality travel experience in the air.

The cabin of China Eastern’s first A350-900 is divided into three parts — a business class section with 40 seats, including four premium business seats, a super economy class area with 32 seats, and 216 economy class seats.

In response to passengers’ diversified expectations for travel, the new plane also comes with an “Air Living Room”, its premium business class option which features new seats, the largest in-flight touchscreen in the airline, a next generation in-flight entertainment system, a full function bar, optimized cabin scene lightening, NFC (near field communication) reader for in-flight shopping, world premiere bluetooth earphone module, and high-throughput open spaces intersect.

The balcony-styled business class, the first of its kind, is equipped with a host of amenities, including Thompson Vantage’s first “super business” products, 32-inch high definition touchscreens that are far larger than regular first-class allocations, mini-bars, convenient storage lockers, AC power outlets, and more comfortable three-point seatbelts.

The two premium business class seats in the middle row are also foldable, allowing flight crew to reshape the space into a community area that up to four people can comfortably use for a business meeting or family gathering.

Similar to the premium business cabin, the standard business cabin is equipped with Thompson Vantage XL all-flat seats, 18-inch high definition displays, and sliding doors that allow for more privacy.

Super economy and economy class travelers will find their trip in the China Eastern A350-900 jets to be more comfortable thanks to the new stylish seats from Rockwell Collins. The 12-inch high definition display installed on each seat in economy class — it is the largest across all airlines in the world — provides passengers with a top quality viewing experience.

Over in super economy class, each cradle-shaped seat is equipped with a 13-inch high definition display, independent AC and USB power outlets, leather seat covers, and a larger than normal table plate, all of which help accentuate the level of comfort.

Passengers can also look forward to more diversified media and entertainment content with China Eastern’s latest generation in-flight entertainment system, the Panasonic EX3/GCS, which is an all-round upgrade of the previous generation.

Like all wide-body aircraft in China Eastern’s fleet, the new A350-900 is also equipped with the new generation in-flight Wi-Fi which has a maximum speed of 200Mbps.

China Eastern’s “Kitchen in Air”, which comprises new microwaves, coffee machines and multi-functional fridges will also ensure that the cabin crew are always ready to meet the requests of each and every guest.

China Eastern currently operates the world’s second largest and Asia’s largest Airbus fleet which comprises nearly 700 aircraft, including more than 360 Airbus jets. The company will receive two more A350-900 aircraft this year, with the last of the 20 aircrafts ordered scheduled to be delivered in 2022. All these new planes will be equipped with the next generation cabin service system.

The first A350-900 will launch its maiden flight from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport on December 4, 2018. The plane will gradually be used to fly routes to other major destinations including Guangzhou of Guangdong province and Chengdu of Sichuanprovince. Its international long-haul routes from Shanghai to Europe, Australia and North America will begin in January, 2019.

Photo: Airbus.

The first Airbus A350-900 for Iberia is painted

Iberia has 16 Airbus A350-900s on order. Here is a picture of the first copy, fresh out of the paint shop. It will become EC-MXV on delivery. Iberia made this announcement on social media:

The full report by Iberia in Spanish:

 

Turkish Airlines signs MOU for 20 Airbus A350-900s + 5 options

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) has signed a non-binding agreement on its intent to order 25 Airbus A350-900s.

Turkish Airlines issued this short statement:

Turkish Airlines and Airbus signed an MoU to acquire 20+5 optional A350-900 aircraft. The agreement was signed at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s official visit to France with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Asiana Airlines to introduce the new Airbus A350-900 to the London Heathrow route today

The first flight of the first Airbus A350-900 for Asiana

Asiana Airlines is introducing its new Airbus A350-900 to the Seoul (Incheon) – London (Heathrow) route starting on October 29, 2017 with flights OZ521/OZ522. Thye new type will be initially operated three days a week (Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays).

 

Copyright Photo: Asiana Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZNY (HL8078) (msn 094) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 937392.

Hong Kong Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900


Hong Kong Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 (B-LGA), on lease from AerCap, making the carrier the 15th airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin aisle airliner. Altogether Hong Kong Airlines will acquire 21 Airbus A350 XWB, including 15 purchased directly from Airbus and six on lease from third party lessors.

Hong Kong Airlines has configured its A350-900 with a premium three-class layout with a total of 334 seats, comprising 33 in Business Class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 108 in the new cabin class “Economy Comfort” and 193 in Economy Class. The aircraft features the airline’s latest cabin products, including an all-new entertainment system and full in-flight connectivity. After an initial period flying on regional routes, Hong Kong Airlines’ A350-900 will begin long haul operations in December this year, flying on the carrier’s non-stop service to Los Angeles.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 848 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever. With 287 firm orders for the A350 from carriers in Asia-Pacific, the region represents over a third of total sales for the type to date.

Photo: Airbus.