Monday, 7 August 2017

Delta's first A350 arrives.

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Delta welcomed their first Airbus A350 to Atlanta this weekend on its delivery flight from Toulouse.

The aircraft, registered as N501DN, took off from Toulouse, France behind schedule at 10:43 p.m. local time arriving at around 2 a.m. the same day.  To marks its arrival and in celebration of the new aircraft fleet type, Delta’s A350-900XWB will bear the fleet number ‘3501.’

Delta is the first North American airline to operate the advance Airbus A350.

The is the first of 25 new A350-900's for Delta and all are scheduled to be fitted out with the new Delta One Suite and premium economy cabin. The aircraft will have 32 Delta One Suites, 48 Delta Premium Select seats, and 226 economy seats. In total, the A350 will seat 306 passengers.
Photo: Clement Alloing

The first Delta A350 commercial flight will be on October 30th from Detroit to Tokyo-Narita. The A350 is set to replace the former 'Queen of the skies' the Boeing 747-400's as Delta’s flagship aircraft. The main base for the A350 will be Detroit and is part of an exciting fleet renewal programme for the airline.

Delta says the A350 will “continue Delta’s optimization of its Pacific network, operating primarily on long-range routes between the U.S. and Asia.” The aircraft is expected to generate a 20% improvement in operating costs over the 747.

After Tokyo-Narita, the A350 will fly from Detroit to Seoul beginning November 16th and Beijing beginning January 17th. 

Photo: Clement Alloing